Fluminense and Corinthians stayed three points apart in the Brasileirao after being held to surprise draws, Estudiantes won to maintain their lead in Argentina and Cruz Azul broke their derby curse against America. In Egypt, meanwhile, surprise leaders Police Union won again to remain at the top for another week. FIFA.com rounds up the latest events in the major leagues outside Europe.
Brasileirao: As you were
Fluminense missed a string of chances as they were held to an unexpected 1-1 draw away to bottom club Gremio. Nevertheless Muricy Ramalho’s men maintained their three-point advantage over Corinthians, who dropped two points of their own at home to Ceara but will probably be grateful for the draw after Paulinho and Defederico scored second-half goals to pull them back from 2-0 down.
Big game: The day’s big derby match between Santos and Palmeiras yielded another draw to leave the two Sao Paulo rivals in seventh and ninth respectively, with Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men doubtless the happier of the two sides.
Headline-grabbers: Gremio won 3-0 at Vitoria to move up to eighth. Sao Paulo have a new coach, with Paulo Cesar Carpegiani replacing Sergio Baresi after signing a contract that runs until December 2011. The experienced Carpegiani, who had a previous spell with Sao Paulo in 1999, won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup with Flamengo in 1981.
Mexican Apertura: Cruz Azul cement their position
Seven years without a home win over Mexico City rivals America, Cruz Azul finally ended the hoodoo on Sunday courtesy of a solitary goal from Christian Gimenez. Well clear in Group 3, Los Cementeros are also out front in the overall standings. Despite lining up with prolific strike duo Carlos Ochoa and Jackson Martinez, Jaguares could not find a way past Estudiantes Tecos UAG and were held to a goalless draw.
Big game: The Guadalajara derby between Chivas and Atlas had a little bit of everything: four goals, a penalty, a second-half sending-off and an injury-time own goal by Zorros defender Nestor Vidrio. At the end of it all both sides had to be content with a share of the spoils.
Headline-grabbers: After three straight defeats, Puebla got back to winning ways when goals from Nicolas Olivera and Rodrigo Salinas gave them the points against Queretano. Elsewhere, Pumas UNAM did just enough to see off Monarcas Morelia, Monterrey proved too good for Necaxa and Santos Laguna disposed of reigning champions Toluca 2-0.
Egyptian League: Police Union stay strong
Police Union scored twice late on to notch a valuable 2-1 win over Ismaily and keep their lead their slender lead over Zamalek. Defending champions Al Ahly, not in action due to their CAF Champions League commitments, remain in seventh, but have three games in hand over the leaders.
Big game: Eleven-time league winners Zamalek had to work harder than expected to post their third consecutive win, an exciting 4-3 defeat of newly promoted Mirs Elmaqasah.
Headline-grabbers: Al Masry and Petrojet stayed in fifth and sixth respectively after playing out a goalless stalemate.
Argentinian Apertura: Estudiantes stay on a roll
Leaders Estudiantes kept their fine run going by sneaking a 1-0 win at San Lorenzo to stay five points clear at the top. Independiente crashed 4-1 at Godoy Cruz and responded by naming Antonio Mohamed as coach, their fourth of the year.
Big game: Still without injured playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, Boca Juniors slumped to a painful 2-1 reverse to Lanus at the Bombonera, a result that left Xeneizes coach Claudio Borghi contemplating his position.
Headline grabbers: Banfield and River Plate drew 2-2, stretching Los Millonarios’ winless run to three games. Gimnasia stayed bottom following a 4-2 loss to Argentinos Juniors.
Jeju United came back from 2-0 down to chalk up a fine 3-2 defeat of Gyeongnam and extend their lead in the Korean K-League to four points. FC Seoul saw off Incheon United 2-0 to consolidate their second place, while Paraguayan striker Jose Ortigoza struck a hat-trick to fire Ulsan Hyundai Horangi to a 5-1 victory of Daejeon Citizen and virtually ensure their place in the championship play-offs. Down at the bottom, Daegu FC collected their first home win of the season against Busan I’Park.
Adelaide United’s grip on proceedings in the Australian A-League continues to tighten after their 2-1 defeat of stragglers Sydney FC. Brisbane Roar moved second thanks to Rocky Visconte’s late goal against Perth Glory, who have now lost four in a row.
There is a three-way tie at the top in the Ghanaian Premier League. Leaders at the start of the day, Kessben lost 2-1 to Mighty Jets and have been joined on ten points by Bechem Chelsea, who edged out King Faisal Babes, and Asante Kotoko, who played out a goalless draw with Heart of Lions.