Vidmar: Everything's not lost

Coach Aurelio Vidmar has urged his Adelaide players to begin aggressively and search for an early goal in their second leg against Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions' League final here next week.

Gamba Osaka have one hand on the trophy after hammering Adelaide United 3-0 in the first leg of the final at home last Wednesday, to leave the Australians with a daunting task in Wednesday's return game.

The Reds' squad arrived home from Japan on Friday, but Vidmar said all was not lost for his team, which faces the huge task of pegging back the goal difference.

"I still think you've truly got to believe in it," Vidmar said Friday."There's still every possibility and in football you don't know what's going to happen so we're going to go out there, be aggressive, really take it to them and hopefully with a bit of luck we can get an early goal and then you just don't know what can happen."

Adelaide go into the match without experienced defender Angelo Costanzo and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who are both suspended after receiving yellow cards in Osaka.

Gamba Osaka dominated Adelaide in the first leg with ace Brazilian striker Lucas opening the scoring in the 37th minute, before setting up the second for midfielder Yasuhito Endo six minutes later. Michihiro Yasuda added a third in the 68th minute, leaving Adelaide with plenty to do in the second leg at Hindmarsh Stadium.

"We gave away the first two goals with silly passes and we haven't done that for such a long time," Vidmar said. "Whether it was the occasion or nerves that got to us, it was just pretty uncharacteristic on our behalf.

"The players are really disappointed and it's a pretty big mountain to climb but you've still got to go out there and give it everything you've got and I know they will."

Vidmar said he was hopeful of having injured midfielder Paul Reid available, but uncertain how he will cover the loss of the suspended Costanzo. Michael Valkanis or Daniel Mullen are the likely replacements, however Mullen is on national duty with the Young Socceroos for the AFC U-19 Championship, a qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009.