There was final-day drama in South Africa and Fiji, while in Brazil the national championship got underway featuring a host of big-name players who have returned home. The Argentinian Clausura remains remarkably tight while there was drama aplenty in Korea Republic and the USA. Join for an armchair ride across leagues in five different continents.

Argentinian Clausura: Tight contests abound
A remarkable eight draws in the ten matches ensured the Argentinian Clausura remain congested. Godoy Cruz and Colon both won at home meaning no away team were victorious for the first time this season. Velez Sarsfield stay two points clear at the top but it took late strikes from Sebastian Dominguez and Victor Zapata to earn a share of the points with Racing Club. Lanus are second and continue to impress after holding big guns River Plate to a 1-1 draw at the Monumental.

Big game: Rosario Central came from behind to snatch a late point against Newell's Old Boys in the Clasico Rosarino in front of over 40,000 spectators at the Gigante de Arroyito stadium.
Headline-grabber: Veteran striker Esteban Fuertes scored a double to keep Colon in the hunt for their first-ever championship as they saw off San Martin 2-0. The second-half goals helped the Sante Fe-based club move back to third, with the prolific marksman taking his Clausura tally to seven.

Brasileirao: Champions on the back foot
Big names Ronaldo and Adriano both missed the opening day of action, with O Fenômeno's Corinthians losing 1-0 at home to Internacional on their return to the top flight. The only goal of the match was a stunning effort from Nilmar, who beat five opponents on his way to scoring. Adriano, who is set to commence training with his new club this week, saw his Flamengo side lose 2-0 at Cruzeiro, who claimed the three points despite playing much of the encounter with ten men.

Big game: Sao Paulo, Brazilian champions for the last three years, were stunned by Fluminense at the Maracana, with Carlos Alberto Parreira's team earning a 1-0 win through midfielder Mauricio.
Headline-grabbber: Young striking sensation Keirrison scored the winner to help Palmeiras to a 2-1 opening-day success over his former club Coritiba.

American Major League Soccer: A tale of two leaders
A lone strike from Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Chivas USA over Real Salt Lake and extend their advantage at the top of the Western Conference to eight points after just nine rounds. Seattle Sounders lost ground but remain in second after a feisty 1-1 draw away to Los Angeles Galaxy in a match that included nine cautions.

Big game: Top spot in the Eastern Conference was up for grabs in Washington as DC United hosted Toronto, but a dramatic 3-3 draw meant the home side maintained a slender one-point advantage.
Headline-grabbber: Long-serving DC United captain Jaime Moreno kept his head and saved the day with an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot in his side's crucial match against Toronto. Canada international midfielder Dwayne De Rosario had put visiting Toronto 3-2 up with just three minutes remaining but the former Bolivia international brought the house down at RFK Stadium with his late strike.

Korean K-League: Leaders continue unchecked
Jeonbuk Motors continued their impressive run as two second-half goals from Brazilian midfielder Eninho gave the AFC Champions League 2006 winners a 2-0 defeat of FC Seoul, which kept them top. Hot on their heels are Gwangju Sangmu, last season's bottom side, who stunned Suwon Bluewings to remain second. Conversely, the Bluewings, four-time and reigning champions, are languishing at the bottom with a mere six points from nine games.

Big game: Incheon United consolidated third place thanks to a Yoo Byung-Soo header that gave the team a 1-0 win at Ulsan Horang-i.
Headline-grabber: Gwangju Sangmu owes their win over Suwon Bluewings to their diminutive striker Choi Sang-Kuk, who had a hand in their two goals. The No10, dubbed the 'Little Maradona' by Korean fans, struck in the first half with a spectacular long-range effort and then earned his side a second-half penalty.

South African Premiership: United prevail again
Reigning champions SuperSport United retained their title by the slimmest of margins with a scoreless draw away to Santos. Orlando Pirates, coached by legendary Dutchman Ruud Krol, won their last game 3-1 away to AmaZulu to finish level on 55 points but with an inferior goal difference. Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs triumphed 2-0 at Platinum Stars to finish in third position, five points off the pace.

Big game: A tense battle between Thanda Royal Zulu and Maritzburg United finished scoreless with both teams looking for a win to confirm their top-flight status. United needed just a draw but Thanda required all three points and despite chances at both ends, the home side must now face a play-off.
Headline-grabber: Golden Arrows' Richard Henyekane finished at the top of the league's leading scorers list with his 18 goals helping his side to fifth. While the 25-year-old failed to score on the final day, Henyekane helped his side to a 1-0 win over Bay United with his pressure on the goalkeeper forcing the home side to concede an own goal.

In Fiji, Lautoka went into their match against Nadi with a potential berth in the OFC O-League on the line. Goals to Jone Vono Jnr and Kamal Hassan ensured they finished first in the New World National Soccer League. Ba, who have appeared in the last three editions of the O-League, concluded with a 5-0 win over Labasa.

Following their midweek AFC Champions League exertions, Singapore Armed Forces moved back to the top of the Singapore S-League, coming from two goals down to beat Tampines Rovers 4-2 thanks to a brace from international Alex Duric. Edged out of top spot on goal difference were Gombak United who won midweek, while Brunei DPMM saw their ten-match unbeaten start to the season finally ended 2-0 by Home United.