The Spanish league's lack of goal-line technology was underscored in Real Sociedad's 3-1 victory over visitors Sporting Gijon on Monday.
Far from impeding a World Cup bid, souring diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico emboldened those country's soccer leaders to find common ground through pursuing one of the biggest events in sports.
Neymar dealt a self-inflicted blow to Barcelona's Spanish league title defense when he was sent off with 25 minutes left in its 2-0 loss at Malaga on Saturday.
Fanendo Adi became Portland's career goals leader with 46, scoring to close out the MLS-leading Timbers' 3-1 victory over the winless Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Chelsea re-established its position as hot favorite to win the Premier League trophy on Wednesday, virtually eliminating Manchester City from the title race and leaving Tottenham as the only realistic challenger to the long-time leader.
With Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on top form, Barcelona needed less than 10 minutes to take care of Sevilla and keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Wednesday.
Winning the Europa League is looking increasingly like Manchester United's best chance of getting back in the Champions League for next season.
Atletico Madrid took another step to securing a Champions League spot next season by defeating Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday for its fifth win in a row in the Spanish league.
Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat trick to lead Celta Vigo to a comfortable 3-1 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.
Luis Suarez filled in for the suspended Lionel Messi by scoring one goal and participating in three more to keep Barcelona close to Spanish leader Real Madrid on Sunday.