Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.
Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi can do no right, it seems, and a missed penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday won't help at all.
Roma forward Edin Dzeko has a point to prove.
Argentina's pain is Barcelona's gain as Lionel Messi returns for the Spanish champions when Deportivo la Coruna visit the Camp Nou on Saturday after being sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury.
Colorado's Kevin Doyle scored twice to lead the Rapids over San Jose 2-1 on Thursday, taking the MLS overall lead and eliminating the Earthquakes from playoff contention.
Brazil recorded its fourth straight win under is new coach on Tuesday to become the new leader of South America's World Cup qualifying group after 10 matches. Arch rival Argentina, however, was shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and is in a precarious fifth place. The two heavyweights will face each other in Brazil in their next games.
Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia on Sunday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
While Germany eased to its second win in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, England showed it has much to do to placate fans frustrated that their expectations are not being met.
Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik could be out for several months after suffering a knee injury in Poland's World Cup qualifier win against Denmark.
Just like a month ago, a new England managerial era opened with a win on Saturday. In World Cup qualifying, it's two wins out of two -- with two different managers.