Markus Babbel has compared Keanu Baccus' sublime assist in Western Sydney Wanderers' 2-1 loss to Leeds United to the work of Argentinian maestro Lionel Messi.
Babbel's side were valiant in front of a rapturous home crowd at Bankwest Stadium, but eventually fell to a late winner from the Championship sides' star Spaniard, Pablo Hernandez.
But it was 21-year-old Aussie midfielder Baccus that caught the eye of the Wanderers coach, who singled him out for elusive praise after the match.
"What a pass,” the ex-Liverpool and Bayern Munich defender said.
“If Messi was doing this then people would talk 14 days about this. So, a fantastic ball.”
It was Baccus' threaded through-ball to Kwame Yeboah that earned the Wanderers an equaliser minutes after half-time and raised the atmosphere in Western Sydney's new home-ground to fever-pitch.
But after pushing Leeds to the final whistle - a side managed by renowned Pep Guardiola-mentor Marcelo Bielsa, who came within a whisker of Premier League promotion last season - Babbel was ecstatic with the progress the Wanderers are making.
“Mitch (Duke), how hard he was working against these top defenders, always trying to hold the ball so we can breathe again," he continued.
"Daniel Wilmering on the left-side is only 18 years old but he was playing fantastic. It was a great team performance. Of course, we did mistakes but we were there for each other, that's why we had luck on our side.
"This game is gold for us, from the pace, from the mentality and how we played... it is gold for us."