Melbourne Victory have been humbled by Guangzhou Evergrande, smashed 4-0 on Wednesday night in another Asian Champions League away day destruction.
Victory were two down within 10 minutes courtesy of Brazilian Talisca, and shipped a third just before the break when Chinese international Yang Liyu found the back of the net.
Leigh Broxham was powerless to prevent an own goal 18 minutes from time, compounding a brutal loss that destroys Victory's hopes of progressing in the competition.
Kevin Muscat's side are bottom of Group F without a point, with their three opponents each on six points with two wins apiece.
Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Deagu FC of South Korea – both of who have already beaten Victory in this campaign – 2-0 in Group F action earlier on Wednesday.
Against Evergrande, Victory picked up where they left off at Tianhe Stadium on their last visit, Muscat's first ACL match as coach back in 2014.
On that night, Victory shipped four goals in the second half to lose 4-2.
The streak continued when Talisca stormed into the box to head home after six minutes, burning off Leigh Broxham and facing no resistance from a static Corey Brown.
Victory had been given warning of the $30 million man's ability; the Brazilian had already sent a free kick onto the corner of the goal frame.
Moments later, he had two, cutting past Brown once more before unleashing an unstoppable curler into the net.
Victory were chasing shadows, scrambling to clear waves of dangerous attacks.
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