Victory and pole position
After another action-packed weekend across the globe, FIFA.com is on hand to round up the best of the play from the leading championships outside Europe.
Argentinian Apertura: Boca hit the front
Despite the absence of Juan Roman Riquelme, Rodrigo Palacio and Martin Palermo, Boca Juniors still eased to a 3-0 win away to Huracan, which sent them top of the standings with a game in hand. Lucas Viatri and Osvaldo Gaitan, twice, two products of the club's youth academy, got on the score-sheet for Los Xeneizes.
A point further back are Colon de Santa Fe, who could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Newell's Old Boys on Saturday.
Headline-grabber: The weekend's stand-out fixture between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate and San Lorenzo left everyone wondering what might have been after an exhibition more of combativeness than quality football. That said, El Ciclon came away from the Estadio Monumental marginally happier with the 0-0 draw as it kept them in third place, two points behind leaders Boca.
Player of the day: Jose Sand got all three of Lanus's goals in their 3-2 comeback win over Gimnasia Jujuy. The hat-trick, which took his goal haul to six for the season and installed him as Apertura 2008 leading scorer, improved his overall record with the Granates to 36 strikes in just 46 games.
Brasileirao: Gremio not wavering
Leaders Gremio returned to form on Sunday, goals from Soares and Marcel earning them a 2-1 success over Vasco da Gama. The result kept them five points clear of second-placed Palmeiras, who kept pace with an impressive 2-1 win at Atletico Paranaense.
Third-placed Cruzeiro, by contrast, lost further ground in the title race and now trail Gremio by eight points. Leading 1-0 at home to Coritiba, the Belo Horizonte side then squandered an opportunity to double their lead from the spot before allowing their visitors, by then a man down, to snatch a late equaliser.
Headline-grabber: In the weekend's big Rio de Janeiro derby, Flamengo and Fluminense played out a 2-2 draw at the Maracana. Flu went in 2-0 up at break, only for their rivals to halve the deficit midway through the second period and rescue a point two minutes from time through Kleberson.
Player of the day: With his side 1-0 down to Cruzeiro, Coritiba goalkeeper Vanderlei saved a Guilherme penalty on 87 minutes, allowing his side to grab a share of the spoils with a strike of their own two minutes later.
American Major League Soccer: Dynamo stay on track
Houston Dynamo were in no mood to lose ground at the head of the Western Conference, a 2-1 home win over Chicago Fire keeping the Texan outfit five points clear of Real Salt Lake, 2-0 winners over Colorado Rapids.
Over in the Eastern section, things remain tight at the top despite Columbus Crew taking all three points at FC Dallas and opening up a two-point gap over New England Revolution, who could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Los Angeles Galaxy.
Headline-grabber: Kansas City Wizards lost their third straight game on their travels at San Jose Earthquakes, and now have just one win from their 12 away games played this season.
Player of the day: Despite his LA Galaxy side having now gone ten games without a win, Landon Donovan confirmed his status as the MLS' top scorer this campaign after a brace against New England Revolution took his tally for the season to 16.
Mexican Apertura: Last unbeaten record goes
The last remaining unbeaten record in the Mexican Apertura fell by the wayside this weekend with Atlante's 1-0 defeat of San Luis. The win moved Atlante to the top of Group 1, but the Gladiadores still have the highest points tally of any team and remain three points clear of Tigres, 3-1 winners at America, at the head of Group 3.
In Group 2, meanwhile, Pumas remain above Cruz Azul on goal difference at the summit after the rivals beat Atlas and Necaxa respectively.
Headline-grabber: After their home defeat by Tigres, Ramon Diaz's America have now gone six games without a win and are last in their section. "That's no way to lose a game. We're going to have to reassess certain things," the coach said afterwards.
Player of the day: Juan Carlos Cacho has been repaying the faith his new club Pumas have shown in him with goals, his hat-trick in their victory over Atlas taking his tally for the season to four.
In the opening round of the South African Premier Soccer League, defending champions Supersport United hit the ground running with a 1-0 home win over Free State Stars, Brent Carelse scoring the only goal. Mamelodi Sundowns, tipped to challenge United for the crown this year, also got the perfect start with a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic. By contrast, three of the other fancied sides had less than impressive debuts: Ajax Cape Town, last season's runners-up, could only draw at home, while Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates both fell to defeat.
In the Chinese Super League, meanwhile, it was a good day for frontrunners Shaanxi Baorong, who overcame Henan Jianye 2-1 to extend their lead to five points. Second-placed Shandong Luneng lost valuable ground with a 1-0 home loss to Guangzhou Yiyao, as did Shanghai Shenhua, who drew 1-1 at Zhejiang Lucheng.