Russian Premier League
Lacina Traore enjoyed a return to form to set Anzhi Makhachkala on their way to what could prove to be a decisive three points in the Russian Premier League.
Sunday morning's meeting with leaders CSKA Moscow at Dynamo Stadium had far-reaching consequences, with Moscow holding a three-point advantage over their hosts prior to kick-off.
That is no longer the case, though, with Guus Hiddink`s `Wild Division` recording a 2-0 win that levels things up on 40 points after 18 games.
It was Ivory Coast striker Traore`s first goal since his Europa League strike against Liverpool in November, with the 22-year-old coming off the bench to head in the opening goal with 57 minutes gone.
CSKA were already down to 10 men at that point after Aleksandrs Cauna was shown a pair of yellow cards in the first half, with Mbark Boussoufa then making sure of the win 12 minutes from the end.
In the day`s other game, Rostov gave their survival chances a timely boost with a 2-0 win at struggling Krylya Sovetov.
In the mire themselves on Sunday morning, the Selmashi can now look at the drop zone a little easier thanks to goals from Dragan Blatnjak and Edgaras Cesnauskis. Alexandru Epureanu was sent off in between times.
French Ligue 1
Marseille earned an impressive result in north-west France, beating Brest 2-1 to keep the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Lyon.
Having been drubbed 4-1 by the team they are chasing in midweek, Elie Baup's men needed to show they had the qualities needed for a title fight today and they did just that at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.
As a result of the win, given to them by goals from Souleymane Diawara and Andre Ayew either side of a Charlison Benschop equaliser, they are two points behind Lyon at the top of the table.
Jonathan Pitriopa's late goal sealed a comeback victory for Rennes that denied 10-man Troyes a second win of the Ligue 1 season.
Estac enjoyed the rare luxury of watching their Breton opponents chase the game for close to an hour, with Stephane Darbion doubling their advantage after Benjamin Nivet headed the opener.
But Rennes pulled a goal back through Romain Alessandrini just after the break and Troyes soon wobbled, Julien Feret drawing the visitors level with an unstoppable drive nine minutes from time.
A point was within the hosts' grasp but they let it slip away at the death, Pitriopa breaking hearts at the Stade de l'Aube with a goal before Corentin Jean's unnecessary dismissal soon after his arrival as an 80th-minute substitute.
A goal on the stroke of half-time saw Lorient beat Toulouse 1-0.
Benjamin Corgnet was the matchwinner, sweeping home Jeremie Aliadiere's cross for the mid-table hosts.
Vitesse Arnhem responded to FC Twente's win on Saturday by beating Roda JC 3-0 to make it all-square again at the top of the Eredivisie.
Fred Rutten's side were inactive on Saturday as the Enschede club beat Ado Den Haag 2-0, but made it 34 points all on Sunday with an equally-comfortable victory.
They are second by a goal difference of one.
Brazilian striker Jonathan Ries scored twice for the 'Hollywood on the Rhine' on Sunday, taking his tally for the season to nine in the 42nd and 62nd minutes.
Marco van Ginkel had put them ahead in the 10th minute.
In Nijmegen, NAC Breda secured a point from a 1-1 draw with NEC that helps their plight at the bottom of the table, but they headed home wondering what might have been.
Veteran striker Anthony Lurling put them ahead six minutes after the break at the McDOS Goffertstadion, and they looked set for a maximum return which would have put four points between them and the bottom.
But Melvin Platje had other ideas, scoring an 81st-minute equaliser for Alex Pastoor's men which keeps them in and around the upper echelons of mid-table.
NEC are on 23 points, two behind FC Utrecht, who enjoyed a 2-1 home win over AZ Alkmaar at Stadion Galgenwaard to arrest a run of three games without success.
They too left it late, with Zambia international striker Jacob Mulenga scoring the decisive goal with seven minutes remaining.
Before that, they had taken the lead through half-time substitute Leon De Kogel, who made an immediate impact just three minutes after coming on.
Etienne Reijnen had levelled for AZ, who continue to flounder in the lower reaches of the table.
The day's other game, another mid-table tussle, saw Groningen come out as 2-0 winners against Heracles at the Euroborg.
Michael de Leeuw continued to shine for the Pride of the North, scoring his eighth goal in 14 appearances this season in the 63rd minute, three minutes after Marko Vejinovik's own goal had put them ahead.
The Holland Under-21 international defender did not have the best of afternoons, and was sent off for handball in the last minute.
Swiss Super League
Grasshoppers claimed a 1-0 victory in the Zurich derby to reopen a four-point lead at the top of the Super League standings.
Basle had drawn to within a point of Uli Forte's men with victory over St Gallen on Saturday, after Grasshoppers' dominance had started to fade courtesy of a four-game winless streak.
But Izet Hajrovic's 23rd-minute penalty proved enough to see off FC Zurich, who have now lost three on the spin without scoring.
Sion missed the chance to go second after slumping to a 3-1 defeat against Young Boys.
When Juhani Ojala was sent off in the 27th minute it looked like the Berne outfit would have to fight an uphill battle, and Michael Dingsdag duly put Sion ahead two minutes later.
But Alain Nef levelled on the stroke of half-time and Young Boys defied their numerical disadvantage to claim victory through two late goals from Raphael Nuzzolo, the first coming from the penalty spot.
Elsewhere, FC Thun's goalless draw at bottom side Servette allowed the visitors to edge above FC Zurich and into eighth place.
Belgian Jupiler Pro League
Genk and Standard Liege remain in touch with the Jupiler Pro League leaders after both sides clinched important victories.
Genk's Jelle Vossen scored a hat-trick as the lead exchanged hands throughout an exciting 4-3 win at third-placed Lokeren, whose seven-match winning streak came to an end.
Ivan Leko put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute but Vossen responded from the penalty spot four minutes later, before nudging Genk ahead in the 35th minute.
His hat-trick was complete in the 62nd minute, only for substitute Benjamin Mokulu (68) and Koen Persoons (77) to put Lokeren within touching distance of a point.
Steven Monrose thought otherwise and grabbed a winner five minutes from time to draw his team within a point of their opponents.
Standard Liege are a place behind in fifth after coming away from a trip to Waasland-Beveren with all three points courtesy of a 2-0 win.
The hosts struggled to respond to Imoh Ezekiel's 12th-minute opener and it was just as well, with William Vainqueur only managing to make the points safe in the 90th minute.
PAOK Salonika fell further off the pace in the Superleague as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to lowly Veria.
Starting the match 11 points behind leaders Olympiacos, PAOK could barely make a dent in that deficit as they were hampered by the 36th minute dismissal of Matheus Vivian.
The team most accustomed to putting Olympiacos under pressure, neighbours Panathinaikos, have had a miserable start to the season to remain well adrift, but they clambered up to sixth place with 2-1 away win over fifth-placed Panionios.
They took control of the game with two goals in the space of five minutes midway through the first half, Antonis Petropoulos and Loukas Vyntra finding the net in quick succession.
Markos Dounis got one back for the hosts in the 78th minute but they could not find a leveller.
Substitute Alexandros Perogamvrakis struck in the 90th minute to rescue a point for Crete in a 1-1 draw with Pantrakikos.
Marama Vahirua put the visitors ahead after 53 minutes but just when it looked like they would take all three points home, Perogamvrakis struck.
Two second-half goals saw Levadiakos beat 10-man Kerkyra 2-0.
Giorgos Zisopoulos got the opener in the 53rd minute, and moments later Tassos Agritis was dismissed for the visitors to make their hopes of getting back on level terms all the harder.
Instead, it was Panagiotis Korbos who put the game out of reach in the 73rd minute.
Turkish Super Lig
Antalyaspor drew level on points with reigning champions Galatasaray at the top of the Super Lig table but Fenerbahce missed the chance to do the same.
Substitute Omer Sismanoglu struck in the 62nd minute to seal a 1-0 victory over Mersin Idmanyurdu and Antalyaspor had matched Gala's tally of 26 points, although they have inferior goal difference.
Fenerbahce had the opportunity to catch up to their fierce rivals but at one point it looked like they would take nothing at all from a 1-1 draw at Kayserispor.
Deivson Bobo set up a desperate last push from Fener with his 84th-minute strike and Dirk Kuyt managed to squeeze in an equaliser one minute from time.
Istanbul Buyuksehir's 2-0 win over Sivasspor saw the capital club build a three-point safety cushion above the relegation places.
Samuel Holmen got Istanbul off the mark in the 51st minute and substitute Edin Visca rubberstamped the points with 67 minutes played.
Kasimpasa were the benefactors of a 2-2 draw at Eskisehirspor as Adem Buyuk's late equaliser saw the visitors climb to fifth place.
Ex-Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara nudged the hosts ahead before Kalu Uche found a way through in the 72nd minute. Eskisehirspor retook the lead seven minutes later through Burhan Eser but fellow substitute Buyuk was there to salvage a point.
FC Copenhagen maintained their nine-point lead at the top of the Superliga after two early goals saw them to a 2-0 victory over Randers FC.
Andreas Cornelius put the league leaders ahead in the 11th minute before Ragnar Sigurdsson doubled their advantage in the 25th minute.
Copenhagen, who were denied a fourth consecutive league title by FC Nordsjaelland last season, failed to add to their advantage but it mattered little as they comfortably held on for victory.
Defending champions Nordsjaelland ensured Copenhagen's points lead did not stretch to double figures after a 3-0 win at home to Brondby, who slumped to the bottom of the table.
Anders Christiansen set the hosts on their way in just the fourth minute, with Mikkel Beckmann gave Nordsjaelland an added cushion in the 54th minute, before Mario Ticinovic added further gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages.
Silkeborg moved off the foot of the table courtesy of a 3-1 win at fellow strugglers FC Midtjylland.
The visitors made a fantastic start with goals from Jesper Bech and Dennis Flinta in the sixth and 18th minutes and, although Morten Rasmussen halved the deficit just after the hour mark, Bech's second 15 minutes from time settled matters.
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Hibernian exacted some form of revenge for their Scottish Cup final derby thrashing when David Wotherspoon's late strike deflected off Marius Zaliukas to secure a 1-0 win and send holders Hearts crashing out.
Hibs had struggled to create chances and saw top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths carried off on a stretcher after Hearts midfielder Darren Barr accidentally stood on his ankle.
But their fans did not care in the slightest that their win was far scrappier than Hearts' 5-1 Hampden triumph, or that their 83rd-minute winner came from a fortunate own goal as they celebrated their first derby victory in 13 matches.
In Sunday's other match, Kevin Kyle claimed his first Ibrox goal as Rangers dumped Elgin City out with a comfortable 3-0 win.
Dean Shiels and Kal Naismith were also on the scoresheet to help ensure safe passage into the fifth round of the competition.
English npower Championship
Craig Conway made history as he secured Cardiff's 10th successive home victory with 10 minutes remaining against Sheffield Wednesday and sent the Bluebirds back to the top with a 1-0 win.
The Scot finally made the breakthrough with a left-footed drive that meant his side leapfrogged Crystal Palace back to the summit and took their places in the Cardiff record books.
In the second period Gary Madine almost fired Dave Jones' men into the lead against his manager's former employers, only to be denied by the reactions of David Marshall.
Just when it looked like Wednesday would end the only 100 per cent home record in English league football, Conway intervened with his first goal of the season.Burnley substitute Sam Vokes headed an 89th-minute equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Blackburn in the east Lancashire derby.
The match was billed in some quarters as a shoot-out between Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes and free-scoring Burnley counterpart Charlie Austin, and the latter found Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form.
Robinson also did superbly to thwart Martin Paterson and, having weathered the storm; Rovers drove forward after the restart.
They broke through in the 65th minute when Rhodes caught Burnley's back line flat-footed and found space to head home Mauro Formica's right-wing cross.
But it was another striker, Wales international Vokes, who brought Turf Moor to its feet, planting a free-kick from fellow substitute Junior Stanislas beyond Robinson three minutes after replacing Chris McCann.
Blackburn have only one win from seven games since Henning Berg's appointment as manager and lie ninth in the npower Championship - one point and five places above Burnley.