FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was left frustrated as the club failed to complete deals to bring central defender Alex Garcia and forward Memphis Depay to the club from Manchester City and Olympique Lyon respectively.
On the Shandong side, Yang Hengyu contributed 16 points, while Qiao Yanzi added 12.
Sunday's rivals are Europa League champions Sevilla, and Koeman's big issue is in defense thanks to the red card shown to Clement Lenglet against Celta on Thursday.
"We are really pleased with the process over the last month and are proud that our league's policies are in line with our own when it comes to diversity in hiring," said Thelwell. "We met and spent time with several great candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The quality of the candidate pool further solidified our confidence in Gerhard as a top choice to lead our team."
"They played great and showed their value on the court, which led to our victory," Li commented.
Yerry Mina's header put Everton back in front on the stroke of halftime and James rounded off an excellent individual display with two second half goals.
Lake Ulan Suhai, located in the north bank of the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is the largest freshwater lake in China's Yellow River basin.
Wuhan had the upper hand for most of a back-and-forth second half, heading into the final frame with a three-point margin, but had to watch as their lead slipped away.
Head coach Oscar Tabarez also included Real Madrid's Federico Valverde, Barcelona's Ronald Araujo, Valencia's Maxi Gomez, Girona's Cristhian Stuani and Getafe pair Damian Suarez and Mauro Arambarri in his 23-man squad.
Earlier on the Court Philippe-Chatrier, men's singles third seed, Dominic Thiem claimed another straight-set victory over 28th seed Casper Ruud, beating the Norwegian 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a last-16 clash against the winner between 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka and Hugo Gaston.
"Despite only one week, she has improved a lot since we met last time. She is very young, but she has got everything on the court. Last time in Strasbourg, she didn't go into the game so quickly and played not so steadily. But this time, I can feel her confidence has boosted after winning two rounds at a Grand Slam," said Zhang, who defeated Burel 6-3, 7-6(3) in the Strasbourg Open before coming to Paris.