Johor coach Gomez rues wasted opportunities

Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Mario Gomez was disappointed that his side failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities to score in the first leg of their AFC Cup quarter-final with South China on Tuesday.

The defending champions took the lead just 22 minutes into the game at Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong courtesy of a goal from Jorge Pereyra Diaz.

Johor managed to preserve their lead and wasted several opportunities to extend it, but a dogged South-China side’s persistence finally paid off in stoppage time as Nikola Komazec found the back of the net to earn them a 1-1 draw.

Gomez later said his side should have won by a comfortable margin after missing a plethora of chances.

“We should have scored when we had the chances in the first half but were too sloppy in the second half where we gave away possession far too easily and that allowed South China the chance to find a way back into the match and they scored a very good late goal,” he said.

Despite expressing frustration at the fact his side didn’t leave Hong Kong with a win, Gomez is confident that the Southern Tigers will get the job done in the second leg on home soil next Tuesday.

“In the first half we had several chances to score but the second half was much harder for us and even with the late goal it’s okay; we’ll just wait for the match back at home,” Gomez added.