Buriram United and Shandong Luneng played out to an uneventful 0-0 draw on Wednesday in a dead rubber in Group F of the AFC Champions League.
Regardless of the results in all round six matches in Group F, all four teams were always going to finish in the same positions they occupied prior to kick-off of Matchday 6.
As such, the encounter between Buriram and Shandong lacked intensity.
The hosts entertained a Shandong side that saw nine changes from the starting eleven that defeated Sanfrecce in Matchday 5.
Buriram dominated the early exchanges and Supachok Sarachart came close to giving them the lead on 19 minutes as his curling effort from just outside the area glanced the post on its way narrowly wide.
Seven minutes later and Sarachart was involved again, this time as provider though. He delivered an enticing right-wing cross to Sittichok Kannoo who wastefully headed over the cross-bar.
Shandong eventually found their feet and responded to the Buriram pressure as Zhang Wenzhao’s free-kick was turned goalwards by Zhang Chi only for Yotsapon Teangdar to throw himself off his line and make a good block just before half-time.
After the interval, clear-cut chances were few and far between
In the 85th minute Shandong’s Jin Jingdao shoved Andrés Túñez in frustration and was given his marching orders.
While Buriram were unable to score the three goals Alexandre Gama asked them to, they will at least be relieved at registering their first point of the campaign.
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Group F was topped by FC Seoul, who finished with 13 points. Shandong claimed the second qualification spot with a tally of 11 points. Hiroshima, despite beating the group winners on Wednesday, concluded their campaign with nine points and Buriram United finished last with only one point.