World Leagues review
While the continuing race for places at South Africa 2010 generated most of the headlines across planet football at the weekend, there was still plenty of important domestic action for fans to follow. FIFA.com takes its usual weekly look at events in the major leagues outside Europe.
Brasileirao: Inter maintain the pressure
Internacional stayed within a point of leaders Palmeiras courtesy of a 2-0 defeat of Avai, while Sao Paulo won 2-1 at Cruzeiro to climb up to third at the expense of Goias, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Coritiba.
Big game: Fluminense and Nautico played out a 1-1 draw in the day's big relegation showdown, a result that left Flu rooted to the bottom of the table but allowed Nautico to clamber out of the drop zone, with Santo Andre taking their place. The other two relegation slots are occupied by Sport and Botafogo, who faced off on Saturday, with the men from Recife prevailing 2-1.
Headline-grabber: Former CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love enjoyed a perfect homecoming, scoring what turned out to be Palmeiras's winner in their 2-1 defeat of Barueri, helping them stay top of the pile.
Mexican Apertura: Toluca bounce back
Toluca made a rapid recovery from last weekend's thrashing at the hands of America, moving to the top of the standings thanks to Hector Mancilla's solitary goal against Monarcas Morelia. Los Diablos Rojos' Argentinian goalkeeper Hernan Cristante played a decisive role in the narrow win, displaying superb reflexes to keep out Pedro Beltran's wicked drive late on.
Big game: Undermined by the absence of key internationals Guillermo Ochoa and Salvador Cabanas, America were unable to follow up their 7-2 demolition of Toluca at the Estadio Azteca last Sunday, a 1-1 draw with UANL Tigres ending their four-game winning streak. That result left Las Águilas joint second overall with Monterrey, who won 3-1 at Queretaro.
Headline-grabber: Defending champions Pumas UNAM continued their mystifyingly poor start to the season when they lost 1-0 at Atlante, their sixth reverse in seven games. Elsewhere Puebla drew again, this time with Guadalajara, and remain the only unbeaten team in the league.
Australian A-league: Gold Coast glitter
Sydney's reign at the top proved to be a brief one as they fell to their first defeat of the season at Gold Coast United. The Queenslanders emerged 2-1 winners to establish a two-point lead over their rivals.
Big game: Brisbane Roar prevented ten-man North Queensland Fury from chalking up their first win of the season when midfielder Mitch Nichols' popped up seven minutes from time to cancel out Robbie Fowler's early opener for the A-League strugglers.
Headline-grabber: Gold Coast's Shane Smeltz netted both goals in his side's defeat of Sydney to strengthen his position at the top of the scoring charts. The in-form Kiwi's tally for the season now stands at eight.
Henan Jianye relinquished their position at the summit of the Chinese Super League following a 1-1 draw with Jiangsu Sainty. Replacing them as leaders on goal difference are Beijing Guo'an, who eked out a 1-0 win at home to Shaanxi Zhongxin, while Qingdao Jonoon halted the resurgence of reigning champs Shandong Luneng with an emphatic 3-1 win. A mere two points now separates frontrunners Beijing from Guangzhou Yiyao in sixth.
Deportivo Suchitepequez maintained their lead in the Liga Nacional de Guatemala after downing Zacapa 2-0 on Matchday Seven, the goals coming from Carlos Castillo and Josue Garcia. The big winners of the day were Municipal, who overpowered Marquense 5-0 to stay third, just three points behind the leaders.
Seoul had their cushion at the top of the Korean K-League cut to a single point after going down 1-0 at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, their third reverse in six games. Second-placed Chonbuk Hyundai Motors piled on the pressure with a 4-2 defeat of Jeju United, helping them stretch away from Pohang Steelers in third, who drew 2-2 at home to Daejeon Citizen. Incheon United, who lie fourth, suffered a blow to their play-off hopes when they played out a goalless stalemate with Daegu.