The bright side of Melbourne Victory's 4-0 ACL loss to Daegu FC was the chance for coach Kevin Muscat to blood a string of young players.
Melbourne Victory head back to Australia on Wednesday, if not mission accomplished, then mission complete, after their Asian Champions League humbling.
Victory were 4-0 losers to K League 1 side Daegu FC, confirming their place at the foot of their ACL group.
Coach Kevin Muscat took one of Victory's least experienced touring parties away to South Korea, leaving 10 senior players in Melbourne to focus on Sunday's A-League semi-final against Sydney FC.
Given they couldn't qualify for the knockout stage in Asia's premier club competition but can still defend their domestic title, there have been few criticisms.
The big winners out of the occasion were three young players; Ben Carrigan, Jack Palazzolo and Aaron Anderson.
Carrigan, 20, started the match in central defence; his first taste of senior football at any level.
Palazzolo, 19, made a first start after a late substitute debut in Victory's previous ACL clash.
Anderson enjoyed his first taste of senior football after he replaced Carrigan late in the contest.
The 18-year-old Anderson confessed to nerves.
"I've dreamt of it for a long time, getting my professional debut. It was good to come off the bench even for that amount of time," he said.
"It was great."
Carrigan said the crowd of 8,000 at the Daegu Forest Arena made the experience "feel like a movie".
"I walked out and I was right behind Jack as I went out and I just saw his name 'Palazzolo' (on his shirt) and then the fans were going crazy, and the lights," he said.
"It was a big adrenalin rush.
"A good mixture of some nerves and excitement.
"It feels different when you walk out to a full stadium and you know you're on the telly.
"I'm disappointed with the result and I'd like to think I could have done a bit better with some of the goals (but) I gave my all."
Palazzolo had a superb chance to score after being played through by Josh Hope but was denied by Jo Hyeon-woo, the South Korean national team goalkeeper.
"I'm very disappointed. I'm sure I'll cop a bit of smack for that," he said.
"But I'm so grateful to Kevin and the staff to giving me the opportunity.
"At the moment I'm more excited for us mates making (our) debut."