Buriram United coach Alexandre Gama was left to rue what might have been after his side bowed out of the Asian Champions League despite a 5-0 win over Guangzhou R&F.
The result left the Thunder Castle third in Group F with 10 points alongside Gamba Osaka and Seongnam FC, who qualified first and second respectively for the Round of 16 through their head-to-head advantage.
“We played a very good game today; we had to win and we did it,” Gama said after the match. “Before the game we all knew that our situation depended on the other match.
“However, we are happy and proud of our performance, even though I think we should have qualified for the next stage.”
Following the Thai outfit’s second successive continental exit, the Brazilian tactician vowed to return to the international tournament in 2016.
“After this we will focus on the Thai Premier League so that we can qualify for the Asian Champions League next season,” he added.