By acting as a bridge between the World Cup and Euro 2020 qualifying, continuing the narratives that developed in Russia and injecting excitement into the international calendar, the much-scrutinized UEFA Nations League has served a sound purpose.
Sunday's derby did not give us a complete, dominant Man City performance over Man United throughout 90 minutes, but in key moments, Pep Guardiola's side gave us breathtaking passages that showed its undoubted superiority over its rival.
One of the world's most organic and heated rivalries takes to the championship stage, where Buenos Aires enemies Boca Juniors and River Plate write an unprecedented chapter in the Copa Libertadores final.
On any other day, Man City scoring six in the Champions League would grab the headlines, but rival Man United scored twice in the final minutes to turn defeat at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus into a vital three points.
Liverpool's loss wasn't as catastrophic as it could have been, but the Champions League's Group C is unexpectedly tight from top to bottom. Elsewhere, Barcelona is guaranteed to go through but Tottenham isn't dead yet, thanks to Harry Kane.
For the first time since 2007, El Clasico will feature neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo. Instead, it's a Barcelona side looking to cope without its maestro and a Real Madrid side simply looking to find its way.
PSG needed a stoppage-time stunner to salvage a point vs. Napoli, while Tottenham let another late lead slip away as the struggles continued for both sides in the Champions League. On the flip side, there's Barcelona and Dortmund, who remain perfect.
A loss to Juventus put the pressure back on Jose Mourinho, while Real Madrid and Bayern Munich secured the wins they needed to relieve some tension and Man City looked unstoppable in Tuesday's Champions League action.