Melbourne Victory were thorougly outclassed in a 4-0 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night which leaves their Asian Champions League campaign hanging by a thread.
Kevin Muscat's side boasted more possession and completed more passes than their Chinese opponents but were undone in defence as Talisca bagged two goals in the first 10 minutes.
Victory have now lost their first three group games in the competition leaving Carl Valeri to question his side's approach.
"I think we have to take this lesson and it's happened to us a couple of times," Valeri said post-game.
"I think our style of football sometimes clashes but I think we could've been better definitely in our transition phase.
"We came here, we tried to play our style of football, I think we weren't up to scratch personally and that's my opinion and there's a lot of things that we'll work on.
"At the end of the day, I think we made too many mistakes. Against a quality team, they punish you every time and you can't afford to make them."
With no points from three games, Victory must now defy the odds to reach the knockout stages with Muscat in doubt they deserved to lose on Wednesday.
"We have no complaints. We were beaten by the better team on the night," Muscat said.
"To concede two goals in the first 10 minutes, it became very, very difficult from there."