With the new UEFA Champions League season due to kick off in the next couple of days, most of the continent's leading sides worked themselves into a positive frame of mind over the weekend. The likes of Bordeaux, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all secured maximum points.
While they celebrated victory, however, not all of their peers could say likewise. AC Milan and Atletico Madrid were both held to draws as their underwhelming early-season form continued, while the biggest losers of all were Wolfsburg and Arsenal. FIFA.com takes a look back at the games and goals that lit up Europe's leading leagues over the weekend.
Premier League: Manchester magic
Chelsea continue to impress after Florent Malouda's last-gasp effort gave them a 2-1 win at Stoke City and their fifth consecutive victory overall. The Blues have yet to put a foot wrong this term and unsurprisingly occupy pole position, ahead of the two Manchester clubs, who also claimed wins at the weekend. United left Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 winners, while City beat Arsenal 4-2 at home to help keep the pressure up on Carlo Ancelotti's troops. For their part, Liverpool posted further proof of their return to form by seeing off Burnley 4-0.
Sunday's derby swung Aston Villa's way thanks to a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City, and in the game between two sides toiling near the foot of the table, Fulham masterminded a 2-1 triumph over Everton. Portsmouth remain bottom and are yet to register a point, despite having twice led struggling Bolton Wanderers before succumbing 3-2.
Top three: Chelsea, (15 points), Manchester United, Manchester City (both 12 points)
Bottom three: Bolton, Everton (both 3 points), Portsmouth (0)
Leading scorers: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney (both 5 goals), Emmanuel Adebayor, Didier Drogba, Darren Bent (all 4 goals)
Weekend stat: 20 - On the losing side in Manchester for the second time in two weeks, Arsenal were nonetheless happy to welcome back Tomas Rosicky after a 20-month absence. The 'Little Mozart' scored and collected an assist to celebrate his return.
Ligue 1: Montpellier march on, PSG slip up
Bordeaux and Lyon continue to set the pace in France after posting a 1-0 triumph apiece. The reigning champions overcame Grenoble with a less-than-convincing performance, and their closest rivals saw off Lorient. Paris Saint-Germain dropped out of the top three as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Monaco.
That result played right into the hands of Marseille, who emerged 2-1 winners at Le Mans, and surprise high-flyers Montpellier. Louis Nicollin's side earned promotion back to the top flight last term and are a new face in the upper echelons of the table, having risen to third by downing fellow promoted team Lens. Towards the bottom, Auxerre and Lille improved their situations by collecting their first wins of the campaign, the former overcoming Nice 2-0 and the latter beating Sochaux 1-0. Only Grenoble have yet to taste victory after five rounds of matches.
Top three: Bordeaux, Lyon (both 13 points) Montpellier (11)
Bottom three: Nice (4), Saint-Etienne (3), Grenoble (0)
Leading scorers: Yoann Gourcuff (4 goals), Marouane Chamakh, Mamadou Niang (both 3 goals)
Weekend stat: 1 - Jean Fernandez's Auxerre recorded their first success of the season, getting the better of Nice thanks to a 30th-minute Cedric Hengbart strike and a Daniel Niculae goal 12 minutes from time.
La Liga: Barça and Real in charge
Barcelona and Real Madrid only had to wait for the second round of matches in Spain to move to the front of the class. Josep Guardiola's troops made light work of Getafe as Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved decisive in a 2-0 win, while Los Merengues left Catalonia with three points after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Esteban Granero and Guti set up victory over Espanyol. Elsewhere, the prolific partnership between David Villa and David Silva again bore fruit as Valencia defeated Real Valladolid 4-2.
Life proved rather more difficult for Atletico, meanwhile, as they could only draw 1-1 with Racing Santander. Despite signing a contract extension earlier in the week, last season's Pichichi Diego Forlan was unable to make the difference against opponents reduced to ten men for almost an entire half. Brazilian marksman Luis Fabiano was in better form, scoring twice as Sevilla recorded a 4-1 success at Real Zaragoza.
Top three: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia (all 6 points),
Bottom three: Atletico Madrid (1), Xerez, Espanyol (both zero points)
Leading scorers: Roberto Soldado (3 goals) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Fabiano, Cristiano Ronaldo... (all 2 goals)
Weekend stat: 10 - Iker Casillas celebrated ten years as a Real Madrid player against Espanyol. The Real goalkeeper made his debut against Athletic Bilbao on 12 September 1999.
Serie A: Perfect starts
Three sides have made faultless starts after three matches in Italy, with Genoa ahead of everyone following their comfortable 4-1 win over Napoli. They are joined on nine points by Sampdoria, who accounted for Bergamo in a 1-0 win, and Juventus. I Bianconeri kept their perfect record intact by beating Lazio 2-0 in Rome, though they lost playmaker Diego to injury. As for defending champions Inter, Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito both demonstrated their worth with goals in a 2-0 success at Parma.
The situation remains difficult for AC Milan as they could only draw 0-0 against Livorno, with Ronaldinho far from his best. Roma were able to cheer their first win of the season, on the other hand, beating Siena 2-1 in new coach Claudio Ranieri's first outing at the helm.
Top three: Genoa, Juventus, Sampdoria (all 9 points)
Bottom three: Cagliari (1), Atalanta, Catania (both 0 points)
Leading scorers: Antonio Di Natale (6 goals), Marek Hamsik (3), Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito (all 2 two goals)
Weekend stat: 6 - Thanks to a haul of six goals in three games, Antonio Di Natale enjoys a healthy early lead in the Italian scoring charts. The last player to post similar figures was Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta during his Fiorentina days.
Bundesliga: Tight at the top
With Franck Ribery back to his scintillating best, Bayern Munich put together an emphatic 5-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, a result which indicated that the Bundesliga giants have found their feet. They still have some way to go to catch Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg though, the former having overcome champions Wolfsburg 3-2 away from home and the latter having beat Stuttgart 3-1. That HSV success was particularly welcome news after forward Paolo Guerrero picked up a cruciate ligament injury that will keep him on the sidelines for around six months.
Unbeaten Eintracht Frankfurt maintained their fine start to the season by collecting a 2-0 triumph at Freiburg, while Werder Bremen missed the chance to go third when they recorded a goalless draw with a Hannover team handicapped by the absence of German international goalkeeper Robert Enke. Schalke enjoyed better fortune in front of goal as they saw off Cologne 2-1, despite a goal for the hosts from Lukas Podolski.
Top three: Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen (both 13 points), Schalke (10)
Bottom three: Freiburg (4), Herta Berlin (3), Cologne (1)
Leading scorers: Stefan Kiessling (5 goals), Paolo Guerrero (4), Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil (3)
Weekend stat: 1 - Just one goal separates leaders Hamburg and second-placed Leverkusen. The northern outfit enjoy a goal difference of +9 in comparison to their rivals' tally of +8, with both clubs having collected four wins and a draw.
In Scotland, the game between Hearts and Kilmarnock had to be called off due to lengthy traffic jams on the motorway. Rangers and Celtic remain the frontrunners after the fourth instalment of matches, the Bhoys having drawn 1-1 at home to Dundee United and their city foes having been held to a goalless stalemate at Motherwell.
After seven games in Austria, Salzburg have yet to claw their way clear of their title rivals. The defending champions could only draw 2-2 away to Rapid Vienna, denying them the chance to streak ahead following Sturm Graz's 3-3 home draw with Linz and Austria Vienna's 2-1 loss to Austria Karnten.
In Switzerland, the ninth round allowed Luzern to move to within six points of the summit. The second-placed outfit beat Arau 4-2, while leaders Young Boys Bern were subjected to a 3-0 loss by Neuchatel Xamax.
PSV kept their grip on first place in the Netherlands following a 3-0 triumph over Roda. Ajax entertained their fans with a spectacular 6-0 win over Breda but they remain fourth overall, trailing PSV, Feyenoord and Twente.