Frank Lampard's brace in Chelsea's 2-1 win over hosts Aston Villa Saturday broke the Blues' record for career goals and helped place his side in a good position for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool came back from a goal down against Aston Villa to score twice in the second half to win 2-1, leaving the hosts in relegation peril.
Panama beat Honduras to take a surprise lead at the top of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, while USA picked up a historic point against ailing arch-rivals Mexico at the Azteca and Costa Rica found their form at home.
With injury forcing No1 Tim Howard out, USA's Brad Guzan is thrust into the limelight for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. He talks to FIFA.com about playing the waiting game for club and country.
Manchester United increased their lead to 15 points atop the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Reading, Arsenal beat Swansea City 2-0 to reclaim fifth place and Aston Villa held on for a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Charles N'Zogbia drew a penalty and buried a free-kick to help Aston Villa climb out of the relegation zone and put an end to their eight game winless streak in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over West Ham United.