Kawasaki's strong second-half showing was enough to down Thai champions Muangthong United 3-1 in the AFC Champions League.
Paulinho gave Guangzhou a 1-0 first leg advantage over Kashima in the AFC Champions League round of 16.
Teerasil Dangda gave Muang Thong a first-half lead, but the Thais were over run by Kawasaki 3-1 in their R16 AFC Champions League first leg at home.
A 75th-minute goal by Brazil midfielder Paulinho gave Guangzhou Evergrande victory over Kashima in an AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie.
Despite domestic woes, head coach Totchtawan Sripan says Muang Thong United are ready to make history as they target a place in the ACL quarterfinals.
A-League clubs have it tough in the ACL. However, the failure of Adelaide, Brisbane and WSW to make it out of the group stage needs to be addressed.