When the downpour began in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, with hometown soccer team Flamengo losing 1-0 to River Plate, it appeared to be a gloomy sign: Flamengo's hopes of winning a first Copa Libertadores title in 38 years were washing away.
Surprise package Angers went second behind Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1 on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Nimes, while Olympique Lyonnais battled for an hour with 10 men to secure a 2-1 home win over Nice.
Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, ending the Londoners' run of six straight victories and keeping Pep Guardiola's side nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea's young side have made huge strides under Frank Lampard this season but having opened the scoring and dominated much of the first half at Manchester City before losing 2-1 on Saturday they will see it as an opportunity missed.
Pep Guardiola has built his decade of soccer success on creating teams that dominate possession but on Saturday -- for the first time in his career -- one of his teams had less of the ball than the opposition.
Jose Mourinho began life as Tottenham Hotspur manager with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday, while Premier League pacesetters Liverpool won to remain eight points clear and defending champions Manchester City also took three points.