Former Atletico Madrid pair Yannick Carrasco and Nico Gaitan have suffered a nightmare debut for Dalian Yifang in China.
With both players, plus former West Ham defender Jose Fonte featuring, they lost 8-0 to Shanghai SIPG.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar opened the scoring after 28 seconds, adding two more later on, with Hulk also on the scoresheet from the penalty spot after a foul by Jose Fonte, who recently signed from West Ham.
With no centre-forward available, coach Ma Lin played the ex-Atletico duo up front as his forward partnership.
And yet Oscar was at his best, far from his lethargic form at the end of last season standing out alongside Hulk whilst Dalian Yifang's big money arrivals struggled.
The winners did not ease off in the second half, with Wu Lei scoring a hat-trick just after Oscar added his third minutes earlier, and it was Lu Wenjun who bagged the eighth.