Bitter sweet night for Tunez as goal condemns Buriram to defeat

BG Pathum United’s Andres Tunez admitted to having mixed feelings after scoring the goal that defeated former club Buriram United on Saturday.

Tunez spent almost six successful years at the Thunder Castle, earning legendary status at the club from the northeast. However, the centre-back put sentiment to one side and kept his focus firmly on moving the league leaders further clear of Bozidar Bandovic’s men in a 1-0 victory at the Leo Stadium.

But netting the winning goal against the club where he won four T1 titles and had so many special moments did leave him with conflicting emotions.

“If I tell the truth, it is like a sweet and sour feeling,” Tunez told ThaiLeagueCentral. “My heart broke a little bit because as you saw many in Buriram’s team are like my kids. During six years there, I saw Supachok and Suphanut coming through the academy, along with Supachai and many other players. It was difficult to score this goal, but I am also happy to take the three points.”

The goal that won the match for BG was a scrappy one as the ball dropped into the six-yard box from a height, following a sliced clearance. As others jostled, Tunez rose highest to bullet in a header from a few yards out.

“I saw the ball go up and I wasn’t looking at anything else,” said Tunez. “I was looking only at the ball and I tried to jump higher than everybody else to be the first one to the ball because I knew I was near the goal. Normally, in this situation, if you get a touch, you score, but it was difficult because there were so many players inside me and in front of me.”

With just eight matches played, BG sit five points clear of second-placed Ratchaburi and a massive 12 points above Buriram, who have played a game fewer. But Tunez insists his side are not thinking about the T1 title and remain focused on their first aim of securing AFC Champions League football by finishing in the Top Two after 15 matches.

“We have created a gap to second place, which is amazing, but our first priority is to qualify for the Champions League,” he added. “It’s too early to talk about being champions. We have beaten Port FC, Bangkok United and now Buriram, so we know we have the quality to win the big games.

“But we also need to look back to last week against Rayong when we didn’t play so well and it was a very hard game. We won the three points thanks to two penalties, but without the penalties we did not look like scoring. We cannot relax and it’s too far away to think about being champions. For now, we are aiming for the Champions League, we have set a standard and we need to play this well against all the teams.”

Paul Murphy

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