Leads change hands
While Flamengo are thriving in the role of Brasileiro pacesetters, the pressure of leading from the front appeared to tell on Los Angeles Galaxy and Urawa Red Diamonds, both of whom surrendered their grip on top spot. As ever, FIFA.com is on hand to bring you the pick of the action from some of the world's top leagues.
Brasileiro: Mengao maintain the pace
At the moment, there appears to be no stopping Flamengo, who cruised to their eighth Brasileiro win of the season season against Vasco da Gama to maintain a five-point cushion at the summit. Matchday 10 didn't prove so enjoyable for fellow early season sensations Vitoria, a newly-promoted outfit who had climbed into second with four straight wins. On Saturday, the club from Salvador surrendered the lead to hand Fluminense only their second victory of the season, allowing Cruzeiro and Gremio - both of whom battled their way to narrow 2-1 wins - to move back into joint-second position.
Big game: A crowd of over 70,000 turned out to see the main event of the Brazilian football weekend and were not disappointed as Flamengo delivered another outstanding display. The leaders, chasing their first national league championship since 1992, will certainly feel that the 3-1 scoreline did little justice to the manner in which they dominated neighbours Vasco da Gama. Ibson, Fabio Luciano and Cristian were all on target as O Mengão underlined their championship credentials.
Headline-grabber: Santos, still languishing second from bottom, were indebted to veteran striker Kleber Pereira, who scored twice in the final 11 minutes to salvage a draw at home to Botafogo. The former Tigres, Club America and Necaxa star has proved a reliable source of goals since returning to his homeland in 2007, but although Sunday's strikes were his 21st and 22nd in just 36 league appearances for Santos, they also ended a recent drought that stretched back eight matches.
American Major League Soccer: Celebrations in Salt Lake
LA Galaxy were knocked off their perch on Saturday when Real Salt Lake ascended to the top of the Western Conference for the first time in the franchise's four-year history with a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew. Javier Morales and Robbie Findley grabbed the goals as Jason Kreis' side took full advantage of Galaxy dropping points at home to Chivas USA on Thursday. For the Crew, meanwhile, defeat denied them the opportunity to close the six-point gap that Steve Nicol's New England Revolution have opened up at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Big game: There was drama until the last in the Great Lakes derby, which was only settled two minutes into stoppage time by a winning strike from Chicago Fire's John Thorrington. The midfielder's goal sealed a 2-1 win over Toronto FC that and ended a dreadful home run for the Fire, who had to look back to late April for their last victory at Bridgeview's Toyota Park.
Headline-grabber: While Javier Morales caught the eye at the other end with a superb goal direct from a free-kick, goalkeeper Nick Rimando showed why he has been such a vital figure in Real Salt Lake's rise with yet another clean sheet. It was the former DC United keeper's sixth shutout of the season, a feat that only Kansas City's Kevin Hartman can match.
Japanese J.League: Kashima claim pole
The reigning champions are back on top in Japan after Kashima Antlers swept aside FC Tokyo 4-1 on Sunday to displace Urawa Red Diamonds at the J.League's summit. A 2-0 defeat to Oita Trinita on Saturday ensured that Urawa's spell in sole possession of top spot lasted but a week, and Kashima certainly took full advantage with a ruthless display against their visitors from the capital. The resounding win established a two-point lead over Urawa and Nagoya Grampus, who needed a goal from veteran Norwegian utility man Frode Johnsen to see off Kashiwa Reysol at home. Fourth-place Gamba Osaka also claimed maximum points, beating Kawasaki Frontale 2-1, while JEF United are now marooned five points adrift at the foot of the table after going down 3-0 at home to second-bottom Consadole Sapporo.
Big game: The 4-1 victory over Tokyo FC that propelled Kashima Antlers back to a familiar position of supremacy was all the more impressive for the fact that it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes short of the hour-mark. Oswaldo de Oliveira's side's are made of stern stuff, however, and after Brazilian Marquinhos had equalised within four minutes, further strikes from Masashi Motoyama, Shinzo Koroki and Danilo ensured that the opportunity to reclaim pole position was not passed up.
Headline-grabber: Brazilian Jose Silva do Nascimento - or Davi, as he is better known - has been a stand-out for Consadole Sapporo ever since moving to Hokkaido outfit from Vitoria at the start of 2007. Rarely, however, has the 24-year-old striker provided a more valuable contribution than he did on Sunday, in firing two goals away to JEF United to lift his team five points clear of their beaten hosts at the bottom of the standings.
While the CAF Confederations Cup brought a return to club business in Africa, the main domestic action continues to be fought out in the Americas and Asia, where Shaanxi Barong continue to prove one of the early season sensations. The surprise pacesetters in China PR were widely expected to concede top spot at the weekend, but once again showed their resilience to emerge with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Chengdu Blades courtesy of Wang Peng's 59th-minute strike. Second-placed Shandong Luneng, who still have a game in hand, did however keep their destiny firmly in their own hands with a 2-0 home win over struggling Wuhan Guanggu.
In neighbouring Russia, Vagner Love scored a hat-trick as CSKA Moscow claimed a morale-boosting 5-1 victory away to Spartak Moscow in a lop-sided capital derby, while Dinamo beat Lokomotiv 4-2 in the weekend's other all-Muscovite clash. Rubin Kazan remain top despite not playing, although their lead was cut to a single point after Amkar Perm cruised to a 2-0 victory over Luch-Energiya Vladivostok.