French Ligue 1
Paris St Germain are all but certain to finish 2012 at the top of Ligue 1 after three second-half goals sealed a comfortable 3-0 win at 10-man Brest.
The capital club went three points clear at the top of the standings, for 24 hours at least, courtesy of strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin Gameiro as well as an own goal from former PSG defender Bernard Mendy.
That came after Abdoulwhaid Sissoko was shown a straight red card for an ugly challenge on Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 33rd minute.
It was Carlo Ancelotti's side's fifth triumph in a row in all competitions in a game they largely dominated.
Belgian Jupiler League
Surprise package Lokeren returned at least temporarily to third place in the Jupiler Pro League with a thrilling 3-2 win at Kortrijk on Friday.
The visitors squandered a two-goal lead despite their opponents being reduced to 10 men, but had the energy to come again as Hamdi Harbaoui netted an 82nd-minute winner.
Mijat Maric had earlier scored twice, the second a penalty, to put Lokeren in control, but Ernest Webnje Nfor quickly pulled one back and, after Pablo Chavarria was sent off, Mustapha Oussala levelled the scores.
But the comeback proved in vain as Harbaoui had the final say.
Cydesdale Scottish Premier League
Steven Thompson struck twice in three minutes just before half-time to earn St Mirren a 2-1 win at home to Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The former Scotland striker guided home the opener in the 39th minute and soon took advantage of some slack defending to head in from a tight angle.
Motherwell came from two goals down to win against Hibernian last weekend and Bob McHugh, who netted the winner at Easter Road, again came off the bench and scored to give them hope in the final 13 minutes.
But St Mirren held on to make it seven points from three home games and end Motherwell's four-match winning streak on the road in the SPL.
FC Twente went three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie as a second-half brace from Nacer Chadli helped them to a 3-0 win at AZ Alkmaar.
Chadli scored either side of a Luc Castaignos effort as the visitors turned up the heat on their title rivals.
Belgium international Chadli broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half before Castaignos made it two 15 minutes from time, running onto a through-ball into the area before finishing coolly.
Chadli added a third seven minutes later with a 20-yard chip which left goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado stranded.
The win put Steve McClaren's side three points clear of PSV Eindhoven, with Ajax a point further back in third, although both sides have a game in hand.
AZ remained in 12th place.
Turkish Super Lig
Besiktas closed to within two points of Super Lig leaders Galatasaray following a 3-1 win over Kayserispor on Friday evening.
The high-fliers stunned their visitors with three goals in eight minutes around the interval, Filip Holosko and Tomas Sivok scoring late in the first half before Olcay Sahan made it 3-0 five minutes after the restart.
Pablo Mouche pulled one back just after the hour mark but Besiktas held on comfortably to close on their traditional rivals, who play Trabzonspor on Sunday.
In Friday evening's other game, Orduspor survived the 81st-minute dismissal of Miguel Garcia to draw 0-0 away to bottom club Akhisar Belediye.