With Real Madrid languishing in seventh place in La Liga, winless in its last five and facing the Champions League and Clasico stages this week, it's already now or never for new manager Julen Lopetegui to fix what's ailing the squad.
In an entertatining encounter at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho's Man United showed life against Chelsea, but it also demonstrated susceptibility when not in possession, showing that if the Red Devils are to move up the table, there's a need for more defensive balance.
From the impressive individuals and nations to the powers falling on hard times and the injured stars, the October FIFA fixture window featured a bit of everything. Here's who emerged better and worse for the wear.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.