Giovanni van Bronckhorst also ran into a painful defeat in his second game as trainer of Guangzhou R&F on Thursday. Citymate and reigning national champion Guangzhou Evergrande was 0-5 too strong.

Partly due to a goal from former Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona midfielder Paulinho, it was already 0-2 at half-time. In the second half, the situation for the home club became increasingly painful.

The big defeat is a new blow for Van Bronckhorst, who already had a disappointing debut on Sunday as a trainer of Guangzhou R&F. Shenzhen FC was 3-0 too strong then.

The season in the Chinese Super League was supposed to start in February, but the start was delayed due to the corona crisis. With zero points from two games, Guangzhou R&F is at the bottom of group A.

The three best clubs in group A and B eventually qualify for the play-offs for the championship. The bottom three teams enter the play-offs to ensure conservation.

45-year-old Van Bronckhorst was a trainer at Feyenoord between 2015 and 2019 and was presented in January this year in Guangzhou, where he is working on his first job abroad.