Second-placed Fenerbahce were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw with Bursaspor, while Istanbul Buyuksehir's Filip Holosko scored a late winner in the club's 2-1 win over Bucaspor.
Super Lig champions Bursaspor missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Trabzonspor as they went down 1-0 at Besiktas.
Belarus won 1-0 in France as Portugal were held 4-4 by visiting Cyprus, while Italy's Antonio Cassano, Fernando Torres of Spain and England talisman Wayne Rooney inspired victories.
Filip Holosko's stoppage-time strike ensured Slovakia made a winning start to their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign at the expense of 10-man FYR Macedonia this evening.
Martin Skrtel, Filip Holosko and Robert Vittek, who are all recovering from injury, have been named in Slovakia's final squad for South Africa 2010.
Outsiders Slovakia are getting set to take part in their first FIFA World Cup finals drawing on strong tradition, debutant spirit and a stable of top pros.