FIFA.com's review of club action outside Europe this week takes us to Brazil, USA, Japan, Australia, Argentina and South Africa. While it is still early days in Argentina, elsewhere it proved a bad weekend for the leading clubs, with the front-runners in all featured nations save for South Africa failing to claim maximum points.
Brasileirao: Fascinating struggle among leading pack
The fixture list threw up an enthralling combination as the top four sides met, with Internacional the big winners thanks to their sensational 4-0 home win over Goias in Porto Alegre. The match started badly for Goias with the early dismissal of striker Fernandao, while Marquinhos, Pablo Guinazu, and Giuliano and Kleber all hit the target to pile on the agony. Leaders Palmeiras battled to a goalless stalemate with crosstown rivals Sao Paulo, but remain top with a three-point lead over Goias.
Big game: Flamengo edged further away from the drop-zone with an important 3-0 win at the Maracana. Denis Marques, Leo Moura and Ze Roberto all scored to move O Mengao into 11th, six points clear of danger.
Headline grabber: Roger scored a brace to help Vitoria to a 3-3 draw with Cruzeiro. The on-loan Sao Paulo player now has 11 goals for the Salvador club and an equal share at the top of the goalscorers chart.
American Major League Soccer: Top guns pinned back
Bottom-placed New York Red Bulls secured arguably the upset of the season by defeating high-flying Columbus Crew with a lone 83rd-minute goal from Jamaica international Dane Richards. It was the second consecutive loss for the Crew, having crashed to Mexico's Cruz Azul 5-0 midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League, though they still hold a one-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a match in hand. Chicago Fire spurned the opportunity to take pole position, going down to the visiting DC United thanks to Bryan Namoff's first-half header.
Big game: Western Conference pace-setters Houston Dynamo suffered a similar fate to Columbus Crew in falling to a 1-0 defeat that resulted in their lead being triummed. Colorado Rapids' Julien Baudet scored his first MLS goal ten minutes after the interval against Dynamo to put his side into a three-way share of fourth place.
Headline grabber: David Beckham helped continue LA Galaxy's impressive late-season form by scoring the only goal of the Californian derby against Chivas USA in front of a boisterous capacity crowd.
J-League: Leaders struggle for form
Kawasaki Frontale missed a golden opportunity to make a serious dent into the lead of defending champions Kashima Antlers, who were surprisingly beaten by Omiya Ardija 3-1 a day earlier. Frontale managed to reduce the deficit to seven points but were fortunate to do so, relying on an injury-time equaliser from defender Hiroki Ito to force a draw with Shimizu S-Pulse.
Big game: Domestic giants Urawa Red Diamonds continued their stunning run of poor form, suffering a seventh successive loss to slip to ninth with a 3-2 defeat against Vissel Kobe.
Headline grabber: Japan forward Hisato Sato struck the winner for Sanfrecce Hiroshima against Montedio Yamagata nine minutes from time for his 11th goal of the campaign.
Australian A-League: Long wait over
A solid 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix allowed Sydney FC to move to the top of the standings for the first time in four years. Youngster Brendan Gan and veteran striker John Aloisi scored second-half goals to allow the Sydneysiders to edge past Gold Coast United, who suffered a surprise loss to Newcastle Jets, with the only goal of the game coming from striker Sean Rooney.
Big game: Adelaide United and North Queensland Fury played out an epic 3-3 draw, with three goals scored in the last seven minutes including an injury-time penalty from United's Lucas Pantelis. Star signing Robbie Fowler had earlier opened the scoring for the Fury.
Headline grabber: Branko Jelic grabbed a brace to help Perth Glory to a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory and into fourth place. The Serbian striker opening his A-League goalscoring account following an off-season move from Germany's Energie Cottbus.
In Argentina, Estudiantes overpowered Gimnasia La Plata 3-0 in their derby encounter to take an early lead of the standings, albeit on goal difference, with champions Velez Sarsfield, Rosario Central and Newell's Old Boys also boasting perfect records after two rounds. Elsewhere, evergreen striker Martin Palermo scored the winner for Boca Juniors, who battled to a hard-fought 2-1 away victory over last season's surprise packages Lanus.
In South Africa, Orlando Pirates continued their bright start to the campaign with an impressive 4-0 defeat of Jomo Cosmos. Thulasizwe Mbuyane proved the star of the show with a hat-trick to help his side establish a three-point gap at the top after four matches. Santos moved into second after holding off Mamelodi Sundowns for a 1-0 home win.