Real Madrid and Liverpool delivered emphatic victories to storm to the front of the title marathons in La Liga and the Premiership respectively. Not that they are short of celebrated company at the top after a number of their chief challengers for honours claimed crucial wins.
Over in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the season and Werder Bremen took full advantage, while Serie A pacesetters Juventus and Ligue 1 holders Lyon produced thrilling late rallies to pocket three points. FIFA.com reviews the weekend's developments.
La Liga: Real run riot
Villarreal may have stunned title aspirants Valenica with a 3-0 away win last weekend, but on home soil the Yellow Submarines fell on the wrong side of a heavy scoreline. Handing out a 5-0 defeat were Real Madrid, who overwhelmed their opponents with a Wesley Sneijder double and further goals from Raul, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Guti.
With Sevilla inactive, Real Madrid now sit alone at the summit
with six points to their name, although Barcelona did remain two
points off the pace. If Ronaldinho had sparkled in a disappointing
scoreless draw at Racing Santander last weekend, then his efforts
bore greater reward on Sunday with the Brazilian genius on target
twice in his side's 3-1 reverse of Athletic Bilbao.
Top three: Real Madrid (6 pts), Mallorca (4), Barcelona (4)
Bottom three: Deportivo (1 pt), Getafe (1) Levante (1)
Top scorer: Wesley Sneijder (3 gls)
Weekend stat: Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao was their biggest away win in the league in 12 years, and their joint-second biggest in history.
Premiership: Quartet level at the top
Liverpool fired six unanswered goals past Derby County to go top of the Premiership, before Arsenal joined them on ten points from four games thanks to a 3-1 win over Portsmouth. Spanish duo Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both hit doubles as the Reds delivered a footballing tutorial at Anfield, but the pick of the goals befell Ryan Babel, whose master piece drew gasps from the Anfield crowd.
Everton, who won 2-1 away at Bolton Wanderers, and Chelsea, 2-0
losers at Aston Villa, also have ten points, although they have
played a game more than their rivals, while Manchester United sit
two points back after a 1-0 reverse of Sunderland.
Top three: Liverpool (10 pts), Arsenal (10), Everton (10)
Bottom three: Reading (4), Bolton Wanderers (3 pts), Derby County (1)
Top scorers: Nicolas Anelka (4 gls), Frank Lampard (3), Antoine Sibierski (3), Fernando Torres (3)
Weekend stat: Newcastle United finally to score their first home Premiership goal since February, Michael Owen's 87th minute strike, his first in the league since September 2005, enough to sink Wigan Athletic.
Ligue 1: Lyon summon thrilling fightback
Trailing 2-0 at home to Le Mans with just 20 minutes remaining, Lyon appeared set to lose further ground in their quest for a seventh straight Ligue 1 crown. But in a bold testament to their title credentials, les Gones scored three times in seven minutes to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory. Another two heavyweights met in the capital on Sunday, but a 1-1 draw failed to get the season of Paris Saint-Germain or Marseille up and running.
With Valenciennes drawing 0-0 at home to struggling Metz and
Monaco losing 2-1 at Bordeaux, Nancy regained outright leadership
of the division. Pablo Correa's team's latest victims were
St Etienne, who went down 2-0 at the Stade Marcel Picot to goals
from Kim and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Top three: Nancy (16 pts), Valenciennes (14), Bordeaux (14)
Bottom three: Auxerre (3), Lens (2 pts), Metz (2)
Top scorer: Karim Benzema (5 gls)
Weekend stat: Caen and Sochaux ended their respective runs of three successive defeats by sharing four goals in matchday seven.
Bundesliga: Bremen take advantage
Bayern Munich were two minutes away from making it 12 points from four games and striding five points clear at the Bundesliga's summit, but Mohamed Zidan became the first player to ripple the back of their net this season to earn Hamburger SV a point. The Bavarian giants' setback on the road was made a little easier by results elsewhere. Karlsruhe undid reigning champions Stuttgart 1-0 in the South-West derby, while last term's runners-up Schalke 04 were held at home by Bayer Leverkusen.
With their three chief title rivals dropping points, Werder Bremen capitalised with a 2-1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt which moved them up to sixth, three points shy of Bayern.
Top three: Bayern Munich (10 pts), Bochum (7),
Arminia Bielefeld (7)
Bottom three: Nurnberg (4 pts), Energie Cottbus (2), Hansa Rostock (0)
Top scorers: Tommy Bechmann (4 gls), Manasseh Ishiaku (4)
Weekend stat: Oliver Kahn's 535th appearance in the Bundesliga broke Eike Immel's record for a goalkeeper, while his Bayern team-mate Miroslav Klose netted his 100th goal in the German top flight against Hamburger.
Serie A: Joy for Juve and Roma
Claudio Ranieri took his Juventus side to Cagliara, the club at which his managerial career began, and the former Valencia and Chelsea tactician was left smiling following 90 minutes of high drama. After a goalless yet eventful first half, Giorgio Chiellini's last-minute header sealed a 3-2 victory for Juve, whose success was indebted to the exceptional goalkeeping of Gianluigi Buffon.
Roma beat Siena 3-0 to become the only other side to put six
points on the board, although AC Milan and Fiorentina will have the
chance to join them when they complete the round two fixtures on
Monday evening. Inter Milan, meanwhile, overcame Empoli 2-0 on
their travels to jump to third.
Top three: Juventus (6 pts), Roma (6), Inter Milan (4)
Bottom three: Empoli (0 pts), Siena (0), Livorno (0)
Top scorers: David Trezeguet (4 gls), Pasquale Foggia (3)
Weekend stat: Napoli won their first away game in Serie A since 2001, beating Udinese 5-0 for the biggest victory in Serie A so far this campaign.