Ajax moved three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table with a 4-1 win over NEC Nijmegen at the Amsterdam Arena.
Viktor Fischer scored in each half to pave the way for a win that increased the gap on PSV Eindhoven after they could only draw 2-2 at relegation-threatened Roda JC.
Fischer opened the scoring on 21 minutes before a Rens Van Eijden own goal gave Ajax full control. Fischer's second on 77 minutes was quickly nullified by a Nick Van der Velden goal but substitute Ryan Babel scored nine minutes from the end to ensure a wide-margin win.
Ajax's success was made even more important when PSV conceded an 87th-minute Sanharib Malki equaliser.
Roda led through Frank Demouge on 14 minutes but PSV fired ahead before half-time thanks to an Ola Toivonen double. But Roda, who remain inside the relegation play-off places, snatched a point through Malki.
PSV's slip allowed Vitesse Arnhem to draw level in second place as they extended their winning run to six games with a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle.
Wilfried Bony and Mike Havenaar fired them 2-0 by the break with Zwolle's sole reply coming via Arsenio Valpoort with 12 minutes left.
RKC Waalwijk thumped ADO Den Haag 4-0 to edge away from the relegation places.
Mart Lieder got the ball rolling on 10 minutes before a Vito Wormgoor own goal and Robert Braber's goal just before half-time all but settled the match. Henrico Drost completed the rout on 88 minutes.
AZ Alkmaar grabbed a much-needed win 2-1 at Heracles Almelo despite playing with 10 men for almost an hour.
Markus Henriksen's 22nd-minute opener was followed by a Mike te Wierik own goal two minutes later to give AZ a 2-0 lead.
Thomas Lam saw red on the hour but Heracles were only able to pull a single goal back when Te Wierik made up for his earlier blunder with a 43rd-minute goal.
Randers climbed to second in the Danish Superliga standings with a 2-0 win at Sonderjyske.
Jonas Borring scored both goals for the visitors, the first arriving midway through the first half and the second in injury time at the end of the contest.
The result meant Randers went a point clear of Nordsjaelland and closed the gap on leaders FC Copenhagen to 13 points.
Odense moved into fourth with a 2-0 win over Horsens, Bashkim Kadrii (45) and Darko Bodul (56) with the goals.
Last season's Allsvenskan runners-up Hacken suffered a 3-0 opening-day defeat at home to IFK Gothenburg.
Jakob Johansson's 22nd-minute opener started the rot before goals from Mattias Bjarsmyr (40) and Sam Larsson (65) ensured Hacken made a miserable start to the new campaign.
Gothenburg's 3-0 win was matched by Helsingborg and Kalmar on a one-sided opening day.
Helsingborg scored their three goals before half-time with a David Azzam double following Mattias Lindstrom's seventh-minute opener to cast aside Djurgarden.
Kalmar were comfortable winners at Syrianska thanks to goals from Mans Soderqvist (14), Mats Solheim (57) and Jonathan McDonald (90).
Fenerbahce moved back to four points behind Super Lig leaders Galatasaray with a 2-0 home win over lowly Akhisar Belediye.
Second-half goals from Pierre Webo and Moussa Sow ensured Fener did not lose ground in the title race following Gala's 2-0 win over Istanbul Buyuksehir yesterday.
Kasimpasa moved up to third with a 2-0 win over fellow European hopefuls Bursaspor.
Senijad Ibricic fired Kasimpasa into a 26th-minute lead but they had to wait until the final minutes before Kalu Uche made the points safe.
Trabzonspor edged five points clear of the drop zone as they also recorded a 2-0 home win, against Antalyaspor. Volcan Sen (27) and substitute Yasin Oztekin (82) got the goals.
Tidiane Sane's 86th-minute equaliser grabbed a 1-1 draw for Elazigspor against Genclerbirligi after Ante Kulusic put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes.
Russian Premier League
Anzhi Makhachkala slipped to third place in Russian Premier League after a heavy 4-0 defeat at Krasnodar.
Wanderson was the hat-trick hero for the home side, opening his account in the 34th minute before adding two more after the break, his treble completed in the final minute.
Joaozinho was also on target for Krasnodar, who climb to eighth.
Zenit St Petersburg capitalised on Anzhi`s slip to climb above them into second place thanks to a 3-0 win at Terek Grozny.
Axel Witsel fired Zenit in front after eight minutes, and the visitors` hopes were further boosted by the dismissal of Grozny`s Fedor Kudryashov on the stroke of half-time.
Bruno Alves doubled Zenit`s lead in the 58th minute while Konstatin Zyryanov made it three late on.
Spartak Moscow and Kuban Krasnodar drew 2-2 in the capital.
The hosts went in front when Charles Kabore put through his own net in the 23rd minute, but Kuban rallied with goals from Aras Ozbiliz (56) and Gheorghe Bucur (62).
The match ended honours even thanks to Jose Manuel Jurado's 82nd-minute equaliser for Spartak.
Volga Nizhny Novgorod and Amkar Perm played out a 1-1 stalemate, as second-half penalties from Perm`s Georgi Peev and Volga`s Aleksei Sapogov cancelled each other out.
Greek Super League
Champions Olympiacos saw their six-game winning run ended following a goalless draw with closest rivals PAOK Salonika.
The point was enough to edge PAOK into second, still 17 points adrift of their rivals, although Asteras Tripoli could move back ahead when they travel to Panionios tomorrow.
The stalemate was one of three goalless games today as only Veria's 2-0 win over nine-man Kerkyra troubled the scorers.
It took Dimitris Stamou's 75th-minute dismissal to help break the deadlock though, with Carlos Costly netting from the penalty spot. Michael Olaitan added a second in injury-time as Anastasios Venetis also saw red.
AEK Athens edged three points clear of relegation as they draw 0-0 at Levadiakos. Both sides had a man sent off in jury time with Josemi and Taxiarchis Fountas seeing red.
Atromitos' trip to FC Xanthi also ended without a goal.
French Ligue 1
Sochaux's Cedric Bakambu delivered another major blow to Lyon's title hopes as his 89th-minute winner left them eight points behind Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain.
While Sochaux will celebrate Bakambu's strike for catapulting them out of the drop zone it further derailed Lyon's hopes of reclaiming the league crown following a run that has now seen them without a win in four games and slip into third behind Marseille.
On a frustrating night for the hosts, that saw them hit the woodwork on three occasions, they looked like they might salvage at least a point when Bafetimbi Gomis' 69th-minute penalty cancelled out Giovanno Sio's opener.
But an unmarked Bakambu left them with no time for a second comeback after Sio's clever build-up play.
Sochaux's win, their first in six games since upsetting PSG, moves them two points clear of danger.
Marseille leapfrogged Lyon by beating Nice 1-0 for a first away win of the year in Nice.
A solitary first-half Andre-Pierre Gignac header was enough to claim all three points for the visitors and their first win in three saw them move seven points behind leaders Paris St Germain.
Lille maintained their push for a Champions League spot after beating struggling Brest 2-1 at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.
Florian Raspentino put the home side ahead after 10 minutes, before Lille levelled eight minutes later through Salomon Kalou.
And with 11 minutes left Lille grabbed the winner through Nolan Roux to move them to within four points of third-placed Lyon.