Spain's El Clasico was the biggest attraction at the weekend, while the pacesetters in England, Germany and Italy improved their positions. FIFA.com reflects on the latest developments.
La Liga: Barça edge El Clasico
Barcelona won El Clasico in Spain, toppling bitter rivals Real Madrid from first place in the process. A 100,000 full house at Camp Nou saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic net the only goal of the game on 56 minutes.
Sevilla lie just two points off Real in third, although a brace from Brazil international Luis Fabiano proved only enough to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Malaga. Fourth-placed Valencia also dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Mallorca. In the second Madrid-versus-Barcelona face-off, Atletico eased their relegation worries with a 2-0 defeat of Espanyol.
Top three: Barcelona (30 points), Real Madrid (28), Sevilla (26)
Bottom three: Malaga, Santander, Xerez (all 7)
Leading scorers: David Villa (10 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8), Luis Fabiano, Lionel Messi, Roberto Soldado (7)
Weekend stat: 2 – after a dismal run of four defeats in five matches, Atletico Madrid chalked up a second win of the season to move out of the drop zone for the first time in three rounds.
Premier League: Chelsea and United stride clear
The big match in England saw leaders Chelsea cross London to face Arsenal and brush aside Arsene Wenger’s men 3-0. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are up to 36 points, five clear of champions Manchester United. The Red Devils were never seriously troubled by bottom club Portsmouth and won 4-1, Wayne Rooney chipping in with a hat-trick.
In the clash of two teams aspiring to break the stranglehold of the 'big four', Tottenham Hotspur had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa. Spurs go third, but are fully ten points off the lead. Liverpool began the process of making amends for their UEFA Champions League exit in midweek with a 2-0 win away to Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Top three: Chelsea (36 points), Manchester United (31), Tottenham Hotspur (26)
Bottom three: Bolton Wanderers (12), Wolverhampton Wanderers (10), Portsmouth (7)
Leading scorers: Jermain Defoe, Didier Drogba (both 11 goals), Fernando Torres, Wayne Rooney (both 10)
Weekend stat: 301 – the number of games in which John Terry has captained Chelsea.
Bundesliga: Bayer march on, Bayern on the mend
Leaders Bayer Leverkusen continue to set the standards in the Bundesliga this term. Bayer remain the German top flight’s sole undefeated team, with the fewest number of goals conceded and the second-highest number scored. On Sunday, the league’s top scorer Stefan Kiessling contributed a hat-trick as the Leverkusen team handed sorry Stuttgart a 4-0 reverse.
Bayer’s immediate rivals all failed to win. Werder Bremen were held 2-2 at home by champions Wolfsburg, and Hamburg conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Mainz. Schalke, with top spot overnight on Saturday beckoning, lost 1-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach. The chief beneficiaries were Bayern Munich, whose 3-0 win in Hanover put them firmly back on the radar in fourth.
Top three: Bayer Leverkusen (30 points), Werder Bremen (27), Schalke (25)
Bottom three: Bochum (12), Stuttgart (11), Hertha Berlin (5)
Leading scorers: Stefan Kiessling (12 goals), Edin Dzeko, Albert Bunjaku, Kevin Kuranyi, Mesut Ozil, Vedad Ibisevic, Andreas Ivanschitz, Zvjedzan Misimovic, Claudio Pizarro (all 6)
Weekend stat: 21 – German cup holders Werder Bremen have gone 21 games in all competitions without losing.
Serie A: Imperious Inter pull clear
Unstoppable Inter extended their lead in the Serie A standings. The champions left it late, but a Diego Milito penalty five minutes from time was enough to beat Fiorentina. To amplify the leaders’ glee, rivals Juventus suffered a third defeat of the campaign in a 2-0 reverse away to Cagliari.
If Inter’s win was last-gasp, AC Milan’s 2-0 triumph away to Catania was positively last-breath, as Dutch international striker Jan-Klaas Huntelaar struck both goals in stoppage time. In the Genoese Derby della Lanterna, home side Genoa impressively beat city rivals Sampdoria 3-0 to go sixth in the table on 23 points. Samp remain fourth, a point ahead.
Top three: Inter (35 points), AC Milan (28), Juventus (27)
Bottom three: Livorno (12), Catania (9), Siena (6)
Leading scorers: Antonio di Natale (10 goals), Diego Milito, Francesco Totti (9)
Weekend stat: 22 – A haul of 22 points from their last eight games has taken champions Inter from third place to seven points clear of the pack
Ligue 1: Bordeaux knock Auxerre off the top
After just a week at the top of the standings, Auxerre lost 1-0 away to Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend and slid to third. Champions Bordeaux pounced on the slip-up and recovered the lead with a 3-0 victory in Nancy. Lyon also overtook Auxerre, but only on goal difference. OL were held 1-1 at home by Stades Rennes.
Forlorn Grenoble remain without a win this term, although the bottom club came agonisingly close to breaking their duck away to Lorient. The tail-enders were 2-1 up going into the last minute, but Kevin Gameiro spared the hosts’ blushes with the equaliser. The draw took Grenoble up to three points for the campaign so far.
Top three: Bordeaux (28 points), Lyon, Auxerre (both 26)
Bottom three: Le Mans, Boulogne-sur-Mer (both 9), Grenoble (3)
Leading scorers: Nene (9 goals), Kevin Gameiro, Loic Remy, Asamoah Gyan (all 7)
Weekend stat: 11 – Lorient striker Gameiro is his team’s top scorer on seven goals, and also leads the league stats with four assists to date
The big game in Austria between second-placed Red Bull Salzburg and leaders Rapid Vienna ended in a goalless draw. Austria Vienna moved to within three points of the top two courtesy of a 1-0 win over Austria Kaernten.
The leadership in Greece changed hands. Super League champions and Greek cup holders Olympiacos beat Panathinaikos 2-0 with a Kostas Mitroglou brace, leapfrogging their rivals to claim first place.