Antonio Cassano's late winner for Parma put a dent in Napoli's title hopes, while AC Milan were held at home to ten-man Genoa in Serie A.
Genoa ended Lazio's recent surge up the Serie A table with a 2-0 win, while Inter Milan beat Udinese 3-0 and Verona continued their strong start with a 2-1 win over Cagliari.
Claudio Ranieri compares coaching in his homeland to jumping from the sky, Vincenzo Montella ridicules a valuation of one of his stars, and Arsene Wenger on the player he feels is better than Messi and Ronaldo.
It was a positive matchday for the majority of leaders in Europe's nine groups most notably Belgium, while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered defeat, and both Netherlands and France stumbled on the road.
Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino's first-half header moved Italy closer to a place at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer as they saw off Bulgaria 1-0 in Palermo.
The third round of the Coppa Italia featured four upsets with Serie A sides Genoa, Torino, Livorno and Cagliari all going home early from the competition while Antonio Cassano scored his debut goal for Parma.