By FOX Sports staff
Although the Thai Premier League outfit dominated most of Tuesday evening's clash at the Thunder Castle Stadium, it looked as though it was going to be a disappointing night for them as they failed to find a way past opposition goalkeeper Michael Theo, who played a key role in keeping the score at 0-0 for the entire 90 minutes and then again in extra-time.
However, it was his opposite number who stepped up in the dreaded penalty shootout as Sivaruck Tedsungnoen made a series of smart saves to deny Thomas Broich, Besart Berisha and James Meyer, setting up the stage for Buriram to advance to Group E as Osmar Barba, Charyl Chappuis and Jirawat Makarom all converted their effort.
But while Sivaruck will undoubtedly garner most of the plaudits following his spot-kick heroics, Attaphol insisted it was a resilient team effort that got his side over the line.
"We know that Australian team's defences are very well organised and that was the case with Brisbane during both halves and through extra-time," he said on the AFC's official website.
"I am very happy with my team's discipline in both their minds and the tactics set for this match, and there were a couple of outstanding players especially Suree Sukha and Charyl Chappuis.
"We never thought that the match would go to penalties as our main aim was to try to pressure Brisbane Roar as much as we could, and emphasise our game by controlling the midfield areas as well as on both flanks. But as it went all the way, we were prepared as we had done a lot of homework by watching clips from Brisbane's matches and thankfully Sivaruck did very well."
The result meant Buriram will be playing in Asia's premier club competition for the second season running and they certainly created waves last year by winning their opening two group games against Kashiwa Reysol and Guangzhou Evergrande, before ultimately missing out on the knockout stages after losing their remaining four matches.
The Thunder Castle will once again face a tough route to the last 16 as K-League champions FC Seoul, Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty and Vegalta Sendai of Japan await in Group E, but Attaphol was insists his side have learnt their lessons from 12 months ago.
"For the group stage, our first aim is to play well and get the points in our home matches in order to get through to the next round," he added.
"We will make sure we won't make the same mistakes as we did last year."
Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey refused to get overly critical of his players as he felt they had done well to match their hosts for the entire game, and highlighted the luck factor in the shootout.
"The game was very even for 120 minutes, but we need to give credit to Buriram United during the penalty shootout as it is a lottery and they took it," he said.
"During the game there were chances for both sides. We took a while to get going during the first half but came out fighting during the second half.
"The penalty shootout was a lottery and the first save from Buriram's keeper, which was a world class save, set the crowd alight and made it more difficult for our players."
Buriram open their 2013 Premier League campaign on March 3 when they entertain newly-promoted Suphanburi.