Melbourne Victory fielded an inexperienced side for their Asian Champions League home clash with Guangzhou Evergrande but were able to pick up their first point of the competition with a 1-1 draw.
Kevin Muscat's side are out of contention to qualify for the knockout phase, having lost their first three games including a 4-0 thrashing in Guangzhou earlier this month.
Muscat made eight changes from the team that lost their A-League game with Adelaide United four days earlier, saving both Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen for A-League finals duty.
Terry Antonis, who had missed the China trip with a knee injury, set up the first chance of the match in the opening two minutes at AAMI Park but saw Kenny Athiu head wide.
Antonis then tested keeper Liu Dianzuo with a well-struck shot after linking up with Elvis Kamsoba and Josh Hope.
Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas, restored to the starting side, did well to deny former Tottenham and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho but Guangzhou took the lead midway through the first half.
Paulinho picked up the ball deep in his own half and drove forward before cutting the ball back for Huang Bowen to slot past Thomas.
The home side were level within two minutes, thanks to Jai Ingham. The forward, who has only started one of Victory's 26 A-League games this season, grabbed his chance to fire home when Antoni's pass to Athiu was deflected into his path by defender Gao Zhunyi.
Thomas gathered at the second attempt as he dealt with a cross from He Chao before the interval and, in the second half, parried a drive from Yang Liyu before Zhang Linpeng fired into the side-netting.
Paulinho headed wide five minutes from time, with Guangzhou's final chance seeing Talisca scrape the post with a free-kick.
Melbourne Victory are 5/1 to win the A-League Grand Final and 7/4 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 11/8 with the draw 13/5.