Delight for Montedio and Ronaldo
While Ronaldo celebrated his long-awaited return with a late goal, Montedio Yamagata hit six as they began life in the Japanese top flight with a bang. FIFA.com brings you their stories, along with others from outside Europe.
Argentinian Clausura: Mixed emotions for River and Boca
Tied at the top with Gimnasia y Esgrima and Arsenal at the start of the weekend, Lanus moved out front on their own after beating Newell's Old Boys 2-1 and seeing their two rivals slip up. The men from La Plata drew 1-1 on their visit to Argentinos Juniors, while Arsenal fell 3-1 to River Plate. After enduring back-to-back defeats in the Clausura and Copa Libertadores this week, Los Millonarios rediscovered that winning feeling thanks to a Radamel Falcao goal and two from the impressive Marcelo Gallardo.
Reinaldo Merlo celebrated his first game in charge at Rosario Central with a handsome 3-1 win over San Lorenzo, a result that helps them climb out of the bottom three.
Big game: The alarm bells are ringing at the Bombonera after Boca lost 2-0 in the clásico at Indepediente. With three defeats already this season, Los Xeneizes find themselves in unfamiliar territory in 13th, some six points off the top.
Headline grabber: Daniel Montenegro was the man of the moment at the Estadio de Huracan. The Independiente captain, who has been criticised for some off-key performances recently, answered his detractors with a two-goal display. Montengro opened his account for the day by nutmegging Fabian Vargas and flashing a drive past Pato Abbondanzieri, and then completed the scoring from the spot to add to Boca's Clausura woes.
Brazilian State Championships: Ronaldo returns
Cruzeiro played out their first goalless draw of the season against Tupi. The Campeonato Mineiro leaders had scored 36 goals in 12 previous outings this year, and had also racked up 12 straight wins at the Mineirao. Despite their weekend stumble, they remain three points clear of Atletico Mineiro.
Mogi Mirim had a day to remember in the Paulistao, strolling to a 2-0 win over a Sao Paulo side containing only three regular first-teamers (Rogerio Ceni, Miranda and Junior Cesar). The triumph was Mogi's first in eight games.
Big game: Gremio's 3-1 defeat by Santa Cruz extended their winless run to four games - one in the Copa Libertadores and three in the Campeonato Gaucho.
Headline grabber: After making a tentative return to action in midweek, Ronaldo was back in the goals again on Sunday, coming on 25 minutes from time in the clássico against Palmeiras and heading home a last-minute equaliser to keep Corinthians three points behind their table-topping opponents. Sidelined since injuring his left knee while playing for AC Milan on 13 February 2008, O Fenômeno showed his scoring instinct remains intact.
Mexican Clausura: No stopping Pachuca and Toluca
Defending champions Toluca extended their unbeaten run to nine games and stayed top of Group 3 after securing a 1-0 win over Necaxa, who remain locked in the relegation places with only three points. Two other sides immersed in the fight for survival are Puebla and Tigres, who faced off at the weekend, with the former running out 2-1 winners to move six points ahead of their rivals.
America also have a struggle on their hands and remain on nine points after losing to Atlante in what was new coach Jesus Ramirez's first game in charge.
Big game: Pachuca maintained their position at the top of the overall standings after coming from behind to beat Tecos 3-2 at home. Mario Ortiz put the visitors ahead only for Christian Gimenez and Pau Aguilar to turn the game around. A Carlos Morales equaliser looked to have secured a share of the points, but Gimenez struck again in the closing seconds to give Los Tuzos another vital win.
Headline grabber: Uruguayan striker Alvaro Gonzalez enjoyed his day out at Tigres, scoring twice to give Puebla three important points and spoil Omar Bravo's debut on his return to Mexico. After scoring in each of Puebla's last three away games, El Bola now has six goals to his name, just one behind this season's joint-leading scorers, Humberto Suazo and Hector Macilla.
Reigning Japanese J.League champions Kashima Antlers began their bid for a third consecutive crown with an important 2-0 victory over fellow title candidates Urawa Red Diamonds. Gamba Osaka chalked up a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of JEF United Chiba, although the surprise of the day was undoubtedly newly-promoted Montedio Yamagata's 6-2 reverse of Jubilo Iwata.
It is as you were at the top of the Moroccan Botola, with the leading trio of Raja Casablanca, El Jadidam and FAR Rabat all recording 1-0 wins. Raja remain four points clear of the runners-up, with FAR three points further back.