But just when it appeared as if the race had settled into a predictable rhythm, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll suffered a puncture on lap 43 that sent the Canadian careening off the circuit at high speed.
A concertina effect after the first start saw the slow-starting Red Bull of Max Verstappen - who had had engine trouble before the race had even started - and Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri pushed off into the gravel at turn 2, resulting in the deployment of the safety car to clear the stricken vehicles.
While Atletico Madrid haven't been in chaos like Barca, their season ended on a low note after defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League and there is a feeling that this could be a make or break season for Diego Simeone, whose negative tactics sometimes cost vital points.
The challenges presented by the COVID-19 meant it is no longer possible to host the 30th AFC Congress in person in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec. 9, and the meeting will instead be held online, it added.
Luneng pulled one goal back in the 85th minute as Evergrande's goalkeeper Liu Dianzuo's howler allowed Wu Xinghan to score a follow-up.
He came back from the injury at the beginning of the year, but following the outbreak of coronavirus, his return was postponed by a few months.
Garcia will be expected to get results but with a squad that looks much weaker than last season that looks difficult; what the former Watford boss desperately needs is a positive start in Sunday's derby at home to Levante.
Two minutes later, Bremen eventually broke the deadlock after Ludwig Augustinsson's pinpoint cross to the far post found Joshua Sargent, who made no mistake to head home into the top left corner.
The announcement came a day after a 2-0 home loss to Palmeiras, a result that left Corinthians 13th in the 20-team standings with just two wins from eight matches.
Liu Cheng/Li Yinhui earned the opening point for Xiamen in the mixed doubles, before Olympic champion Chen Long suffered a straight-set loss to young shuttler Ren Pengbo 11-7, 11-5, 11-4.
Ceni's name has been touted by Corinthians supporters on social media and by Brazil's mainstream press, prompting a response from the 47-year-old on Sunday.