It was a case of home sweet home for eight of the nine teams running out in front of their own fans in the Copa Libertadores this week. And with Flu grabbing six and four sides romping to 3-0 wins there were some handsome scorelines around too, although Estudiantes denied the home boys a full house with some late heroics in Uruguay.
Read on as FIFA.com picks out the highlights from the latest round of games in Latin America's number one club competition.
Game of the week
Danubio 1-2 Estudiantes
Goals: Pedro Irala 9 (Danubio); Juan Sebastian Veron 61 pen, Enzo Perez 86 (Estudiantes)
Billed as vital to both side's hopes of progress, this Group 2 showdown lived up to all expectations. Teeming rain, high winds and 6,000 travelling fans helped create a dramatic backdrop for a stirring fightback from ten-man Estudiantes. ElPincha were teetering on the brink when a sensational second-half performance from Juan Sebastian Veron and some canny substitutions by Roberto Sensini inspired them to an epic win.
Surprise of the week
Fluminense 6-0 Arsenal
Goals: Thiago Neves 13, Dodo 24, 51, Gabriel 44, Washington 71, Cicero 85
While it came as no real surprise to see Fluminense overcome Arsenal at the Estadio Maracana on Wednesday evening, few expected them to put six past their guests. It was an outcome made all the more surprising by the fact that the Sarandi side won the 2007 Copa Sudamericana without losing a single game on foreign soil. El Arse had no answer to the irresistible form of Dodo and Co, however, as they crashed to the worst ever away result by an Argentinian side in Copa history.
Cruzeiro were in no mood for messing around either as they took to the top of Group 1 on Tuesday evening with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Caracas FC. Guilherme, Ramires and Marcelo Moreno were on target for the hosts as the Venezuelans' 100 per cent record went up in smoke. Compatriots Santos followed suit that same evening when they ground out a 1-0 victory over Group 6 rivals CD Guadalajara, Mauricio Molina scoring the only goal on 22 minutes.
And Brazilian joy spilled over into Wednesday as Adriano finally gave Sao Paulo some value for money by bagging both goals in the 2-1 defeat of Audax Italiano, all this after Carlos Villanueva had put the Chileans ahead. The Paulistas now lie second to Atletico Nacional in Group 7. The Verdolagas moved to the top courtesy of a 3-0 drubbing of Sportivo Luqueno in Medellin, with Sergio Galvan, Carlos Villagra and Carmelo Valencia the men on the scoresheet for the Colombians.
The only Brazilian outfit to experience that sinking feeling were Flamengo, whose away day in Uruguay ended in tears when they went down 3-0 to Nacional. Two goals from Richard Morales either side of the break and a Bruno Fornaroli strike helped ElBolso replace their opponents at the summit of Group 4.
Boca Juniors kept the theme of the week going when they racked up a 3-0 win of their own at home to Atlas, not that it was all plain sailing for the Xeneizes, however. The Mexicans refused to buckle after Rodrigo Palacio's 32nd-minute opener, only accepting their fate when Palacio and Martin Palermo struck again in the closing stages. Boca now lead the way in Group 3 with four points.
In the week's other game, spectacular strikes from Victor Caceres and Omar Pousso helped LDU Quito down Libertad 2-0 and move into second place in Group 8 behind Fluminense.
0: The number of games that Estudiantes have lost at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. Over the years the legendary stadium has proved a very happy hunting ground for the Argentinians. It was the scene of their Copa Libertadores title triumphs against Palmeiras in 1968 and Penarol in 1970. Just for good measure, the men from La Plata also took a decisive step towards the 1969 crown by beating Nacional on what is their home patch in the first-leg of the final.
What they said
"I'm going to put an end to all the comments about me by scoring goals. I need them and the fans need them but when I score it makes me happy for Sao Paulo. I'll sleep easy tonight and I'm sure they'll be saying that the Emperor is restoring order to his domain," Sao Paulo striker Adriano on answerinh his critics with a match-winning double.
This week's results
LDU Quito (ECU) 2-0 Libertad (PAR)
Cruzeiro (BRA) 3-0 Caracas FC (VEN)
Santos FC (BRA) 1-0 CD Guadalajara (MEX)
Danubio (URU) 1-2 Estudiantes (ARG)
Sao Paulo (BRA) 2-1 Audax Italiano (CHI)
Fluminense (BRA) 6-0 Arsenal (ARG)
Nacional (URU) 3-0 Flamengo (BRA)
Boca Juniors (ARG) 3-0 Atlas (MEX)
Atletico Nacional (COL) 3-0 Sportivo Luqueno (PAR)