By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Sunk by a first-half strike from Jon McKain, Nagoya's AFC Champions League quarter-final hopes floundered despite having numerous shots on goal, with Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic in inspirational form.
The Adelaide captain denied the Japanese club from as early as the eleventh minute, when he pushed away Josh Kennedy's impressive header. Galekovic then kept his concentration for the rest of the game and protected his side's lead with an acrobatic save 15 minutes from time to keep out Nagoya substitute Mu Kanazaki's attempt.
Stojkovic was satisfied with his team's efforts, though the Serbian admits his team should have done better with the opportunities created.
"I am not really disappointed, we tried to play good football and to get a good result, but obviously we are not good enough in front. We don't know how to score a goal and we paid the price," Stojkovic said to the Asian Football Confederation's official website.
"We played well, but football is a game where you have to score a goal if you want to win. We didn't use our chances and the AFC Champions League is finished for us this year."
The Nagoya coach also applauded Galekovic's performance, acknowledging the goalkeeper's contributions to be vital to the defeat suffered by his side.
"Adelaide is a team who we knew would be strong on set plays and they were very lucky to score one goal and that was enough to win," Stojkovic stated.
"Galekovic was absolutely fantastic and he was the MVP, the hero of the game."
This is the second time Adelaide United have qualified for the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League.