Milan mired as giants march on
AC Milan are experiencing one of their worst-ever starts to a Serie A campaign after coming unstuck yet again, this time 1-0 at home to Roma. The Milanese were the one major casualty on a weekend which saw Europe's strongest sides generally stand firm, even if Bayern Munich did have to settle for a draw. Find out how they all fared as FIFA.com casts a look over the latest action on the continent.
Premier League: Arsenal and United share top spot
Another dose of spectacular entertainment from England saw Arsenal leave Liverpool with a 1-1 draw, Manchester City suffer a thumping 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, Manchester United continue their storming run with a 4-1 triumph over Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers condemn Tottenham to yet another home reverse (2-1).
At the summit, Arsenal refused to buckle after conceding an early goal from Steven Gerrard and eventually equalised through Cesc Fabregas. They also hit the woordwork twice, but will be content with a point that takes them back to the top on goals scored, ahead of Manchester United's visit to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
United ought to be buzzing ahead of that test, having struck a rich vein of form following their calamitous start to the season. Much of their improvement stems from the fearsome partnership emerging between Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, with the former notching his first brace on Saturday and the latter now boasting five goals in his last four United outings.
The pacesetters dare not ignore the challenge of Chelsea, though, after the Londoners put third-placed Manchester City to the sword, Didier Drogba scoring twice to suggest he has put his disappointment at Jose Mourinho's departure behind him.
Top three: Arsenal (25 points, +15, 22 goals),
Manchester United (25, +15, 19), Manchester City (22)
Bottom three: Tottenham Hotspur (7 points), Bolton Wanderers (6), Derby County (6)
Top-scorers: Benjani Mwaruwari (7 goals), Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane and Emmanuel Adebayor (6)
Weekend stat: Manchester United's 4-1 success against Middlesbrough was their eighth win in a row and the fourth time in succession they have scored four goals.
Serie A: Milan sink further
Beaten at home for the second time in as many weeks, the Rossoneri now find themselves 11 points behind leaders Inter - who drew 0-0 in Palermo - and just three points ahead of relegation-threatened Siena. The European champions can have no complaints about their 1-0 loss to Roma. Despite fielding the same team that had started against Shakhtar Donetsk, they were virtually unrecognisable from the side that dismissed the Ukrainians 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. As a result, pressure is mounting on coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Elsewhere, Juventus took the lead away to Napoli, only to finish the game on the wrong end of a 3-1 loss. The Neapolitans now occupy sixth place in the table, having registered seven goals in their last two outings against Roma and Juve. Fiorentina are faring even better in third after picking up a goalless draw at Genoa.
Top three: Inter Milan (21 points), Rome (18),
Fiorentina and Juventus (17)
Bottom three: Siena (7 points), Reggina (4), Livorno (2)
Top-scorers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7 goals), Francesco Totti and David Trezeguet (7)
Weekend stat: Unusually, Roma are proving more effective on their travels than at home. They remain unbeaten away, boasting four wins and a draw, whereas at the Stadio Olimpico they have recorded one victory, two draws and a heavy 4-1 defeat by Inter.
La Liga: Real and Barça break clear
Real Madrid and Barcelona were the happiest sides in Spain after respective wins over Deportivo la Coruna (3-1) and Almeria (2-0) strengthened their hold on La Liga's upper reaches. In contrast, their closest pursuers both came away empty-handed, Villarreal losing 4-1 in Zaragoza and Valencia on the wrong end of a 3-0 reverse at Sevilla.
Spanish football's two most illustrious teams have yet to find top gear, however. Madrid found themselves trailing Deportivo after Xisco struck in the very first minute, and it took a 275th club goal from the irrepressible Raul, plus a sharp finish from Robinho, to finally see them home. As for Barcelona, Thierry Henry needed to score the opener against Almeria to silence the critics heard in midweek.
Further south, Sevilla's victory over Valencia was the perfect homage to departed coach Juande Ramos, who has just taken the reins at Tottenham. The one-sided result drags the Andalusian outfit back up into mid-table after a catastrophic run of results earlier in the campaign.
Top three: Real Madrid (22 points), Barcelona
(20), Valencia (18) and Villarreal (18)
Bottom three: Real Valladolid (6 points), Getafe (5), Levante (1)
Top-scorers: Lionel Messi (7 goals), Luis Garcia, Daniel Gonzalez Guiza, Sergio Aguero and Giuseppe Rossi (5)
Weekend stat: Ronaldinho failed to find the back of the net for his sixth match in succession with Barcelona.
Ligue 1: Lyon sail on, Marseille flounder
Olympique Lyonnais look to have settled into their groove and will be difficult to topple as they aim for their seventh straight league crown. Les Gones added another three points to their haul with a 3-2 victory away to a spirited Paris Saint-Germain side, thanks in large part to a first ever Ligue 1 double from Hatem Ben Arfa. He and fellow striker Karim Benzema represent a new wave of talent at the club that is coming into its own at just the right time.
In second, Nancy could only manage a 0-0 stalemate away to Metz, allowing Rennes to pull up alongside them following their 2-1 success in Lens.
The real surprise came at the opposite end of the table, with Olympique de Marseille slumping back into the drop zone despite heading their UEFA Champions League group. Luck deserted them at Sochaux, as they scored two own-goals and missed a penalty in a morale-sapping 2-1 defeat. There was disappointment for Lille as well, Les Dogues going down 3-0 at home to Strasbourg.
Top three: Olympique Lyonnais (28 points), Nancy
(24), Rennes (24)
Bottom three: Marseille (10 points), Lens (9), Metz (6)
Top-scorers: Karim Benzema (11 goals), David Bellion (8), Tulio de Melo, Kim and Bakari Kone (6)
Weekend stat: Following a difficult start, Lyon have now strung together four wins in succession away from the Stade Gerland.
Bundesliga: Hamburg close the gap
Hamburg wore the widest smiles in Germany this weekend, after the 11th round of matches enabled them to move to within four points of frontrunners Bayern Munich. HSV were narrow 1-0 winners over Duisburg, courtesy of Belgian defender Vincent Kompany, while Bayern missed the inspiration of French livewire Franck Ribery as they were held 0-0 in Dortmund. The Munich giants remain unbeaten, but Sunday's stalemate brought their series of five straight victories to an end and was also the first time they have failed to score this term.
In the Bundesliga's other big contest, Werder Bremen went home with a useful point after drawing 0-0 at Schalke 04, while this season's surprise-outfit Karlsruher lost further momentum by sharing the spoils with Hansa Rostock. Only 12 goals were scored in all, a low total in a championship noted for its often prolific score-lines.
Top three: Bayern Munich (27 points), Hamburg
(23), Werder Bremen (21)
Bottom three: VfL Bochum (9 points), MSV Duisburg (9), Energie Cottbus (5)
Top-scorers: Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni (8 goals), Rafael van der Vaart (7)
Weekend stat: Cut adrift at the bottom, Energie Cottbus are still chasing their first win after 11 matches (five draws and six defeats).
PSV Eindhoven went top in the Netherlands thanks to their convincing 4-1 win away to Sparta Rotterdam, combined with the 2-0 loss at Twente for former frontrunners Feyenoord. Ajax continue to make it a three-horse race and they jumped up into second after sealing a 1-0 victory in Utrecht. Just one point separates the leading trio.
In Scotland, meanwhile, Rangers blew the chance to keep pace with Celtic at the top as they lost 2-1 away to Dundee United on Sunday. The previous day had witnessed Scott McDonald hit a hat-trick against his former club as Celtic ran out 3-0 winners over Motherwell at Celtic Park to open up a three-point gap at the top.