As the top tiers in Russia and Ukraine head into their respective winter breaks, FIFA.com takes a look at the first half of the 2013/14 seasons, with a tight race in Russia and Shakhtar flying high over the border.
Two-time former champions Lokomotiv Moscow went top of the Russian Premiership after a 3-1 win at Kuban Krasnodar, while CSKA Moscow failed to break into the top three with a goalless draw at Rostov.
Moubarak Boussoufa has agreed a deal to sign for Lokomotiv Moscow and becomes the latest player to leave Dagestan outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
CSKA Moscow saw their lead cut to four points after they were held to a 2-2 draw against local rivals Spartak Moscow, coupled with Zenit St. Petersburg's late win over FK Krasnodar.
Dinamo Moscow failed to gain ground on Zenit St Petersburg after a 2-1 loss to Anzhi Makhachkala, while Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with Spartak Nalchik.
Morocco, Tunisia and Gambia posted morale-boosting wins midweek in Africa, as South Africa also impressed and Didier Drogba edged closer to an important milestone.