Sven Goran Eriksson conceded his team collapsed mentally during their 5-0 loss to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Shanghai SIPG were featuring in their first AFC Champions League season but ultimately came unstuck against a powerful Jeonbuk outfit, who put five goals past them on Tuesday.
Showing good fight despite being 2-0 down in the second half, Shanghai received a red card, which Eriksson believed was the turning point.
“After the red card in the second half, we collapsed mentally,” said the coach, who went on to say he was proud of his team’s achievement overall this season.
“First of all, we gave a good account of ourselves in the first half against a strong team,” he added.
“I was proud of my team as we kept a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes. All the players played well but we didn’t have much luck and then got a bad result.
“Of course, we had already conceded but after the dismissal we did not play the way we wanted to play.
“We knew that Jeonbuk were strong in attack but we didn’t defend the way we wanted to. If we had scored first then the whole atmosphere of the game would have changed.
“This is the first time for Shanghai to be in the AFC Champions League. I am satisfied overall with how we have performed but I am not satisfied with tonight’s result.”