World Leagues review
A new campaign kicked off in Argentina at the weekend, while the pacesetters in Australia, Brazil and Mexico consolidated their positions and the lead changed hands in China PR. FIFA.com rounds up the latest events outside Europe.
Argentinian Apertura: Big boys slow off the mark
Argentina's traditional powerhouses, Boca Juniors and River Plate, both made faltering starts to the new season. Trailing 2-0 at home to Argentinos Juniors, Los Xeneizes managed to salvage a point thanks to two goals in four minutes from Guillermo Marino.
Los Millonarios fared even worse against Banfield, falling behind to a Santiago Silva goal inside the first minute en route to a 2-0 defeat.
Big game: Copa Libertadores champions Estudiantes kicked off with a 2-0 win at Arsenal, while San Lorenzo, many people's tip for the title, eased to a 3-1 victory at home to Atletico Tucuman, with Uruguayan full-back Pablo Pintos scoring on his Ciclón debut.
Headline grabber: With memories of their role in the Clausura 2009 finale still fresh, Lanus and Huracan crossed swords once more. El Granate came out on top this time, with Paraguayan forward Santiago Salcedo scoring both goals in their 2-1 win. Velez Sarsfield, the side that pipped both of them to the title, picked up where they left off with a 1-0 win at Colon.
Brasileirao: Show of strength
Goals from Obina and Jose Maria Ortigoza secured Palmeiras a valuable 2-1 win over title rivals Internacional. O Verdão now have a two-point lead at the top, with Goias moving into second courtesy of a 2-1 reverse of Santos.
Sao Paulo's impressive winning streak came to an end when they went down to a late Paulo Baier strike at Atletico Paranaense. At the other end of the table, Fluminense played out a sterile goalless draw with Barueri and remain rooted to the bottom.
Big game: Corinthians lost ground on the leaders by drawing 3-3 with Botafogo. Dentinho scored twice and Marcinho added another as the Sao Paulo side went ahead on three separate occasions, only for Reinaldo, Andre Lima and Lucio Flavio to hit back for O Fogão.
Headline grabber: Cruzeiro and Gremio were the big winners of the day. Wellington Paulista grabbed a hat-trick as A Raposa downed Nautico 4-2, while the men from Porto Alegre beat Atletico Mineiro 4-1 to move up to ninth.
Mexican Apertura: America and Monterrey take derby spoils
It was a weekend of derbies in Mexico, with America claiming a hard-fought 3-2 win over Cruz Azul in the Clásico Joven. Los Cementeros looked to have secured a draw when Emanuel Villa and Rogelio Chavez cancelled out a two-goal salvo from Las Águilas' Paraguayan hitman Salvador Cabanas. Daniel Marquez's injury-time winner won the day for America, however.
In the big game up north, Monterrey fell behind to Gaston Fernandez's first-half strike before hitting back through Severo Meza and Aldo de Nigris to record their 30th win over Tigres in the Monterrey derby.
Big game: Monarcas Morelia maintained their unbeaten start to the season when they won 2-0 away to Atlas. Miguel Sabah scored both goals as they stayed top of the standings for another week.
Headline grabber: Pachuca never recovered from conceding two early goals at home to Puebla, going down 2-1 as they lost for the second game running. Antonio Naelson, aka Sinha, helped Toluca keep the pressure on Los Monarcas, meanwhile. The Brazil-born midfielder scored one and set up another in his side's comfortable 3-0 win over Santos.
American Major League Soccer: Doubles all round
Houston Dynamo passed up the chance to extend their lead in the Western Conference when they were held to a 1-1 draw by title rivals Seattle Sounders. Chivas USA made the most of Los Angeles Galaxy's goalless stalemate with DC United, closing to within two points of the LA side after a Sacha Kljestan double helped them see off Toronto FC 2-0.
Big game: Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings scored a brace of his own to put his side in command against Chicago Fire. Mexican legend Cuauthemoc Blanco sparked a Fire revival, however, as they stormed back to win 3-2 and close to within a point of Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew, who were not in action at the weekend.
Headline grabber: Juan Pablo Angel also struck twice as New York Red Bulls ended a dreadful run of 16 games without a win against FC Dallas. The Colombian is now the highest scorer in the New York club's history. Going one better was Kheli Dube, who bagged all New England Revolution's goals in their 3-1 triumph at home to Real Salt Lake.
Gold Coast United stayed out front in the Australian A-League courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Adelaide United. The Queenslanders are now two points clear of Sydney, who drew 0-0 with Central Coast Mariners.
Finally, in the Chinese Super League, Beijing Guo'an fell 1-0 at Jiangsu Sainty to allow Shandong Luneng, 1-0 winners over Shanghai Shenhua, to move into first place.