By FOX Sports staff
Heading into the game at the SCG Stadium with just one point from their opening three Group F games in the AFC Champions League, the reigning Thai Premier League champions desperately needed a win if they were to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the Round of 16.
But despite looking the brighter of the two sides in the opening half, the Twin Qilins found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break courtesy of Muriqui's clinical brace just before the break, but pulled one back in the 52nd minute through Sarawut Masuk's well-taken header.
However, any hopes they had of a stirring fightback were extinguished four minutes later when Zheng Zhi struck to restore Guangzhou's two-goal lead, before Feng Xiaoting popped forward and pounced on a poor save by Weera Koedpudsa to add a fourth in the 86th minute.
Although it remains mathematically possible for Muangthong to overtake Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Urawa Red Diamonds and progress to the next round, that scenario seems unlikely given both sides will pose tough tests in the next two matches.
Given their dominant form on the domestic front, where they are currently top of the Premier League after recording wins in all five of their opening games, one positive for them is the fact that they have a good chance of qualifying for Asia's premier club competition again next year, and Jokanovic admits that is what they are looking forward to.
"I hope next year we can be more competitive at this level," he said on the AFC's official website. "Playing in this competition is a very good experience for us, but we must improve to be competitive next year.
"We must do our best in the next two games and try to win more points."
The Serbian tactician did express disappointment last week when his side fell to a 4-0 defeat to Guangzhou in their first encounter, but admitted he had no complaints about Tuesday's result.
"We have played two matches against Guangzhou," Jokanovic added. "The result of the first match was not expected, but today [Tuesday] I accept the result as Guangzhou played very well.
"Whenever we made a mistake they punished us. We played well in the beginning before conceding but after that, the difference in terms of the quality of the players in the two teams proved the difference."
Although his side found themselves on the back foot on several occasions throughout the 90 minutes, Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi was ultimately pleased with their 'organised' display.
"I am satisfied with the team's performance," he said. "We were organised, competitive and fully concentrated throughout the game.
"The team followed the tactics and did not leave any space for Muangthong to attack. We were also able to create many chances and scored many goals."
With a four-point gap between them and second place Jeonbuk, the Southern China Tigers are favourites to finish top of the group but Lippi does not want them to become victims of complacency.
"I feel we already have enough points to qualify for the Round of 16," the Italian added. "But we will try our best to win the two remaining games."
Tuesday's other Group F encounter saw Jeonbuk come from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw at home to Urawa, courtesy of Seo Sang-min's injury-time equaliser.