Fabio Cannavaro, 44, is back at Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao for a second spell in charge, following his sudden departure in 2015.
Beijing Guoan and Ulsan Hyundai Motors continued their relentless marches in the Asian Champions League at the expense of Australian sides, which suffered more misery in their groups.
Persepolis took a step towards the final of the AFC Champions League with a 1-0 win at Al Sadd, earned thanks to a controversial 86th-minute penalty.
Suwon Bluewings took a huge step towards the AFC Champions League semi-finals after a trio of late goals earned a 3-0 win at Jeonbuk Motors in Wednesday's first leg.
Hulk struck twice for Shanghai SIPG but it proved in vain as Kashima Antlers advanced to the AFC Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Sydney FC crashed out of the AFC Champions League to cap another miserable year in the competition for A-League sides.
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica believes the imposed hub has given his players the chance to acclimatise and find their groove in Doha.