Robin van Persie continued his sensational scoring form by claiming a hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed ten-man Blackburn Rovers 7-1 to record their biggest victory for more than four years.
Blackburn Rovers produced a stirring display to beat Fulham 3-1 at Ewood Park, despite playing most of the game with ten men following Yakubu's dismissal, which moved Steve Kean's side out of the relegation zone.
Morten Gamst Pedersen has said Norway intend to finish the year on a high note against Wales in their friendly match at the weekend, hoping it will give them a boost as they prepare for Brazil 2014 qualifying.
Blackburn Rovers' Norwegian midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen speaks to FIFA.com about propping up the Premier League and how he believes perseverance, pride and confidence can help turn things around.
Norway recorded a 3-1 victory at home to Cyprus but it was not enough for Egil Olsen's side to edge out Portugal for a place in the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs.
Roy Hodgson has survived many low points in his short spell as Liverpool manager but defeat at Blackburn would seem to be one disaster too far and could hasten his exit from Anfield.