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.
FIFA.com takes its regular review of domestic league highlights which this week takes in five continents featuring Brazil, USA, Japan and China.
Vyacheslav Hleb scored twice as 10-men Shenzhen Kingway stunned Chinese Super League champions Beijing Guoan 2-1.
Shanghai Shenhua cruised to a 4-0 win over Tianjin Teda to keep their title hopes alive and now stand just four points adrift of leaders Henan Jianye.
Barcelona and Belarus midfielder Aleksandr Hleb speaks exclusively to FIFA.com about his hopes for club and country over the next 12 months.
Asian champions Gamba Osaka are on target to repeat last season's success being the only club with a 100 per cent record after Matchday 3.