Premier League powers Liverpool and Tottenham had to sweat out the results, but they're through to the Champions League knockout stage, where they'll be joined by group-winning PSG. Napoli and Inter Milan, however, weren't as fortunate.
Perhaps it was inevitable that a game that took so long to get started showed a marked resistance to finishing. But 15 days after it should have been played, River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating Boca Juniors in Madrid.
Arsenal has a direction under Unai Emery and is unbeaten in 20 matches in all competitions, but Man United is somehow still seeking stable footing under Jose Mourinho–a sign that it's unlikely to come at all.
Luka Modric was recognized yet again for a year in which he won the Champions League and reached the World Cup final, but the growing emphasis on individual awards in a team sport highlights the paradox of the Ballon d'Or and its tradition.
It figured to be a day when a number of spots were claimed in the last 16, and that field is now half full after Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Ajax, Roma, Man City, Man United and Juventus secured their places.
By postponing the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final, CONMEBOL finally showed leadership and decisiveness. But given the way it handled Saturday's tragic events, the confederation still has many questions to answer.