Champions Ajax kicked off the new Eredivisie season in style on Friday night as they beat Roda JC 3-0 in the Dutch capital.
Although very early days, this was as strong a signal as Frank de Boer's men could have sent out that they will not be relinquishing their title easily.
It took just eight minutes of the fresh campaign for them to take the lead, with Holland defender Ricardo Van Rhijn doing the deed.
Siem De Jong, who remains with the 32-time champions despite continuing to court overseas interest, added a second on the half-hour to put the game to bed.
And, although the pace slowed a little after that, a third goal arrived seven minutes from time when Viktor Fischer opened bis account for the season.
Russian Premier League
Anzhi Makhachkala continue to labour in the new Premier League season and on Friday night made it four games without a win as they lost 1-0 at home to Rostov.
The big-spenders have drawn two and lost two and this defeat to the now top-of-the-table Rostov will rankle with their supporters.
Kanga Guelor scored the only goal seven minutes after the half-time break, with Anzhi having no answer to the Gabon international's strike.
Belgian Jupiler League
Anderlecht recovered from their opening-day shock with a clinical 4-0 dismantling of Cercle Brugge on Friday night.
The champions were beaten by Lokeren last week but immediately got back on the winning horse.
They settled any early nerves with a seventh-minute goal from Olivier Deschacht and then made it two just befire half-time as Matias Suarez scored.
After the break it was all about Massimo Bruno who netted in the 51st and 57th minutes to put his side top of the embryonic table ahead of the weekend's fixtures.
FC Midtjylland extended their perfect start to the Superliga season to three games as they beat Sonderjyske 2-1 on Friday night.
It was a hard-fought success for Glen Riddersholm's men too, for they had to recover from a goal down and score two in the last 10 minutes to take the points.
Nicolai Madsen, new to Sonderjyske following his move from HB Koge, put the visitors ahead with 55 minutes gone and they looked in little trouble.
But Sylvester Igboun equalised after 81 minutes and then Morten Rasmussen won it with three minutes left.