The former leaders, Monaco, suffered a 3-0 loss at Strasbourg and face a difficult match in the third round of the French cup, having been drawn against third-placed Paris St Germain.
The lead in the Dutch league also changed hands - twice. On Saturday, PSV took up the pace thanks to a 6-2 win over Twente Enschede. Yesterday Feyenoord resumed first place, beating Den Bosch 4-0. Dennis Bergkamp, who moves to Internazionale in the summer, scored two.
Barcelona and Real Madrid consolidated their first and second places in Spain with 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Logrones and Real Zaragoza respectively.
In Germany Bayern Munich lost 2-0 to Wattenscheid and are now ahead of Werder Bremen only on goals scored.