Comeback victories and players returning to haunt their former employers featured prominently over the weekend. FIFA.com brings you the latest developments from Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Japan, Singapore, the USA and Zimbabwe.
Brasileirao: Derby delight for Tricolores
Gremio edged an historic derby to climb to seventh and drop Internacional to third. Nilmar fired the visitors in front, but Souza and Maxi Lopez ensured O Tricolor Gaúcho ended a run of seven Gre-Nais without victory in a match that marked the 100th anniversary of the fixture. Atletico Mineiro drew 0-0 at fourth-placed Vitoria to stay top, although Palmeiras moved level on points with them courtesy of Diego's Souza's unanswered goal against Santo Andre.
Corinthians completed a miserable week for Cruzeiro by winning 2-1 in Belo Horizonte, Ronaldo recovering from a missed penalty to score what proved to be the winner against his former club.
High stakes: Atletico Paranaense and Coritiba finished up goalless in their clássico, leaving themselves 15th and 11th respectively.
Headline-grabber: Having failed to make the scoresheet in eight previous outings, Washington struck twice to grab Sao Paulo a 2-1 win over Paulista rivals Santos.
Peruvian Primera Division: Two close on La U
Sporting Cristal midfielder Edwin Perez's equaliser denied leaders Universitario victory in their derby, and Sport Huancayo and Juan Aurich both capitalised to sprint four points behind La U. The former overcame Universidad Cesar Vallejo 3-2, while the latter inflicted a 2-0 defeat upon Coronel Bolognesi.
Alianza Lima missed the chance to join the pair on points. Despite playing much of the game at a numerical advantage, a solitary, late goal by San Martin's Cristian Ramos condemned them to defeat.
High stakes: Alianza Atletico won 1-0 at Colegio Nacional de Iquitos to move above their opponents on goal difference and ease their relegation fears.
Headline-grabber: Two Blas Lopez penalties, the second in the 87th minute, were central to Sport Huancayo's triumph.
American Major League Soccer: Dynamo draw, Fire triumph
Dwayne De Rosario put Toronto FC ahead against the club he inspired to two MLS crowns, but defender Bobby Boswell scrambled home an equaliser, from a rare attack, to snatch Western Conference frontrunners Houston Dynamo a point.
Chicago Fire stayed one point clear atop of the Eastern Conference, largely thanks to Cuauhtemoc Blanco. The 36-year-old Mexican rose from the bench with the game goalless, before creating the opener for Patrick Nyarko and scoring a brilliant second in a 2-0 win at home to San Jose Earthquakes.
High stakes: DC United came from behind to beat Colorado Rapids 3-1 and remain one point off the eastern summit.
Headline-grabber: Deputising for the injured Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jason Garey scored twice to propel Columbus Crew to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake that kept them level on points with United.
Japanese J.League: Top four fail to win
Runaway leaders Kashima Antlers appeared to be cruising to victory at Shimizu S-Pulse, but goals from Shinji Okazaki and Frode Johnsen earned S-Pa a 2-2 draw. The result was nevertheless good enough to increase Oswaldo de Oliveira's comfort at the top to nine points, thanks to their three closest rivals slipping up.
Oita Trinita, with Ranko Popovic debuting at their controls, avoided a 15th straight winless game at home to runners-up Urawa Red Diamonds, Yuki Fukaya the unlikely scorer of its only goal in the 83rd minute. Albirex Niigata, in third, and fourth-placed Kawasaki Frontale drew with Yokohama Marinos and Vissel Kobe respectively.
High stakes: A Leandro double helped Gamba Osaka brush aside relegation-threatened Kashiwa Reysol and rise to seventh.
Headline-grabber: Hisato Sato scored the first and helped create another two as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat his former club JEF United 4-1.
Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League: Gunners stumble
Gunners missed the chance to move one point off the pace by losing 2-0 at Motor Action. A Bhekhimpilo Ncube double was enough to bank the Motors their first success in three months, and elevate them to seventh.
Fifth-placed Highlanders drew 0-0 with lowly Bantu Rovers, while the match between strugglers Sundowns and Highway also finished goalless.
High stakes: Underhill won for only the second time in 17 attempts this season, a 2-1 reverse of Shooting Stars moving them four points behind second-bottom Black Rhinos.
Headline-grabber: Motor Action playmaker Louis Matawu turned in a sublime display, outshining Gunners' recent signing Willard Katsande.
San Jose kicked off the Bolivian Clausura with a 4-0 reverse of Blooming, with two-goal Alex da Silva starring against his former employers. Recently-crowned Apertura champions Bolivar edged Nacional Potosi 3-2, while La Paz beat Aurora 1-0 in a match notable for the debut of the latter's 12-year-old prospect Mauricio Baldivieso, the son of the coach.
In the battle between second and third in the Singaporean S-League, goals from Qiu Li and Sutee Suksomsit earned Tampines Rovers a 2-1 comeback victory over Gombak United that lifted them four points behind pacesetters Singapore Armed Forces.