No changes at the top

Leadership did not change hands in Argentina, Fiji, Japan, South Africa and the USA at the weekend. FIFA.com reviews the latest action from outside Europe.

Argentinian Clausura: Lanus continue charge
Surprise leaders Lanus ensured the top of the ladder remained unchanged courtesy of a stunning 5-1 win over Independiente. The result puts Lanus's title ambitions firmly back on track after they suffered a 3-0 reversal at Huracan a fortnight ago.

Colon remained a point behind in second after a 1-0 victory at Huracan. A point further adrift are Velez Sarsfield, who won 2-1 at Banfield. In fourth are River Plate, who lead an incredible eleven teams separated by just four points.

Big game: Gimnasia were seconds away from celebrating their first win over their arch-rivals for four years when Estudiantes substitute Christian Sanchez Prette equalised in the 96th minute of the La Plata derby. Juan Cuevas volleyed Gimnasia ahead in the 71st minute before Leandro Benitez of Estudiantes and Diego Villar of Gimnasia were sent off in the 145th edition of the fixture.
Headline grabber: Lanus striker Jose Sand scored four goals to double his personal tally for the season and rocket to the top of the scoring chart. The 28-year-old has been in prolific form since joining the club two years ago, and his goals were much needed as his side returned to form after defeat in their last outing.

American Major League Soccer: New boys continue to impress
Chivas USA and the fledgling Seattle Sounders are the only teams with a 100 per cent record after three rounds. Chivas edged Columbus Crew 2-1 in Los Angeles, while Seattle sit atop the Western Conference, three points clear of Chivas. The Sounders were comfortable 2-0 victors in a wintry Toronto thanks to Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Zakuani, who scored first-half strikes.

Big game: Chicago Fire won with a single goal enough to see off the challenge of the New York Bulls, who were consigned to the basement of the Eastern Conference with just a solitary point. Chicago had to overcome the early dismissal of John Thorrington, with Marco Pappa scoring in the first half to help push his side to the top of the standings.
Headline grabber: Conor Casey produced a hat-trick, which included the second-fastest goal in MLS history, to propel Colorado Rapids past to a 3-2 win over Los Angeles Galaxy.

Japanese J.League: Status quo at the top
Albirex Niigata maintained top spot, but it required a last-minute winner from Kisho Yano, who slotted home from close-range to defeat Yokohama Marinos 2-1. Along with seventh-placed Omiya Ardija, the well-supported northerners are the only undefeated club after four rounds.

Curiously, it was almost a carbon-copy for Kashima Antlers, who also scored a 2-1 win with an 89th-minute winner against Kyoto Sanga, with the result keeping the reigning champions in second. Asian champions Gamba Osaka hung on to third, ahead Montedio Yamagata, Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Red Diamonds on goal difference.

Big game: Underachieving Kawasaki Frontale picked up their first home win of the season, 3-1 over Nagoya Grampus, to give the side much needed confidence ahead of a long trip on Wednesday to meet Australia's Central Coast Mariners. Brazilian Magnum put Nagoya in front but Vitor Junior equalised soon after, and second-half strikes from Hirokazu Taniguchi and Korea DPR international striker Jong Tae Se sealed the result.
Headline grabber: Alex, appearing in his first league match of the season and only his second in more than a year, put in a sparkling performance on the left flank for Urawa Red Diamonds against Oita Trinita. The Brazil-born player sent in the cross which deflected into the net for a vital winner for Urawa, who appear to be moving into gear after a sluggish start to the campaign.

Elsewhere
In Fiji, champions and OFC O-League participants Ba continued their charge up the ladder thanks to a 4-0 reverse of Rewa. Ba, having played two matches less than most of their competitors due to their continental commitments, are four points away from leaders Lautoka, who overcame Nasinu 2-0.

In South Africa, Orlando Pirates missed an opportunity to put pressure on leaders Supersport United when they could only draw 1-1 at Bloemfontein Celtic, leaving the Pirates still five points off the pace. Kaizer Chiefs remained third despite a scoreless draw at home to Free State Stars, while Bidvest Wits were the big winners in an abbreviated round of action, as they moved into fifth with a hard-fought 3-2 away triumph over Golden Arrows.