Dagestan club Anzhi Makhachkala saw their poor start to the Russian Premier League season drag on after a 1-0 home loss to Rostov.
In this week’s stats review we look at a landmark for a host of players including Carles Puyol, more milestones for Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, the end of a drought for England and Nigeria seeking to do likewise.
Josip Simunic speaks to FIFA.com about his long and distinguished career, his hopes for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia, his tip for the Ballon d'Or and the target of a Brazil 2014 swansong.
Wales fell to their third defeat in four FIFA World Cup qualifiers after being overrun 2-0 by a dominant Croatia side in Osijek.
Three-time Russian champions CSKA Moscow secured a 1-0 win in their first match of the Russian Premier League season, while Spartak Moscow claimed a 2-1 victory over Alania.
Stipe Pletikosa is to join Russian Premier League side Rostov after his contract expired with Spartak Moscow, signing a two-year deal with his new club.