Everton marked their first appearance in Europe since the 2009/2010 season with a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday while Celtic and Tottenham were held to draws in tricky away assignments.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will have plenty to dwell upon after midfielder Mario Suarez was hospitalised after picking up an injury during a friendly against Wolfsburg. Atletico play against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday and injury to Suarez causes plenty of concerns given the scarcity resources Simeone has in his bag.
Mario Mandzukic scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich predictably routed stricken Hamburg SV 5-0 away in the German Cup on Wednesday and second tier Kaiserslautern ousted Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 after missing an extra-time penalty.
Chelsea is reportedly prepared to smash their transfer record by making a second bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain despite the Italian side already having rejected a 50 million-pound offer for the player.
Hamburg SV teenager Hakan Calhanoglou confirmed his status as one of the Bundesliga`s rising talents by scoring with a spectacular free kick in a 1-1 draw at VfL Wolfsburg, who failed to close in on the top four on Friday.
Stuttgart squandered the lead three times against Hamburg to share points following a 3-3 draw while Wolfsburg ensured a 2-1 comeback win against Augsburg to close the ninth round of the Bundesliga football Sunday.