"The situation was complicated so it was important to win tonight. It's hard, we created some chances, but we're not 100%."
The hero of the night became the home team's Moldavian striker Ion Nicolaescu who tied the game five minutes before the end of regulation on his debut and then put Dunajska Streda ahead 4-3 six minutes into overtime with a quick and un-saveable shot from the edge of the box.
The 37-year-old was among 26 players summoned by head coach Gerardo Martino for the Tricolor's first fixtures of the year, which will be preceded by a five day training camp starting Saturday.
Li Shenglong's fantastic diving header threw SIPG into the second round after collecting Civanildo Souza (Hulk)'s corner kick.
The South American zone World Cup qualifiers were originally scheduled to begin in late March but were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The squad also includes Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and Inter Milan defender Diego Godin.
17-year-old Giovanni Reyna said the title is essential while managing director Michael Zorc is tracking Manchester City talent Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.
Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic (R) vies with Torino's Andrea Belotti during a Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Torino in Florence, Italy, Sept. 19, 2020. (Xinhua)
"These two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time," she added.
The collaboration between Premier League and Tencent came after the termination of the English top flight's big-money contract with its former broadcaster PP Sports on September 3.
As expected, head coach Tite also called up Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Marquinhos, Chelsea veteran Thiago Silva, Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro and Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho.