Second-string Victory hold Guangzhou

Despite resting their big names, Victory were able to secure their first point in Asia

After being thumped 4-0 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, Melbourne Victory have done much better on home soil as they drew 1-1 with Guangzhou Evergrande. 

Sitting bottom of their group, Victory opted to field a second-string side from the outset with foriegn stars Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen missing from Kevin Muscat's side entirely.

Though slow starters, Guangzhou would open the scoring in the 24th minute as Huang Bowen slotted home after being set up by former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho.

Victory were able to respond almost immediately however with Jai Ingham curling home after Talisca was robbed of possession in his own third.

An unexpectedly even first 45 minutes ending 1-1 as Victory looked to keep their slim hopes of ACL progression alive. 

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Evergrande began the second half on the front foot and regularly tested Victory's defence early without really asking any questions of Lawrence Thomas in goal.

On the counter, Victory nearly snatched the lead in the 77th minte as Terry Antonis rifled an effort just wide of the top right corner after being teed up by Ingham. 

Talisca going close to bagging a Guangzhou winner in injury-time with a long-range free-kick that just curled wide as both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw.