Manchester United's title defence suffered a massive blow after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Everton, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all won in midweek English Premier League play.
The Republic of Ireland ended their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign with a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan courtesy of strikes from captain Robbie Keane and John O'Shea's first international goal in ten years.
Republic of Ireland and coach Giovanni Trapattoni face Georgia Sunday evening in Dublin, a repeat of the first game Trapattoni coached Ireland when they beat the Georgians 2-1 in Germany in September 2008.
The Republic of Ireland earned a 1-1 draw with England after Shane Long opened the scoring in the 12th minute, before Frank Lampard leveled the game in the sides' first meeting for 18 years.
Ten-man Sunderland took a small step towards avoiding relegation with a comeback 1-1 draw at home to Stoke leaving the Black Cats as one of three teams on 38 points, three clear of Wigan.
A late David Beckham double may have earned Manchester United a 4-3 win on the night, but by then Real Madrid’s Ronaldo had wrecked their dream of a 2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-final place with a scintillating display.