PARAGUAY goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert scored from a free kick, Faustino Asprilla inspired Colombia with a hat-trick and Alan Shearer, soccer's costliest player, made a winning start as England captain. The exploits of this trio marked a weekend of vivid World Cup action as European teams began in earnest a journey already started by those in South America, with France in 1998 as the ultimate destination. Colombia stayed top of the nine-team South American group, from which the top four qualify, after Asprilla's hat-trick enabled them to trounce Chile 4-1 in the steamy Caribbean port of Barranquilla. Striker Asprilla, who plays for English Premiership side Newcastle United, scored with two first-half headers but kept his best effort for early in the second half when he pierced a demoralised defence and scored with a powerful left-foot shot. Equally stunning was Chilavert's free kick to earn unfancied Paraguay a 1-1 draw against Argentina in Buenos Aires, where his 25-metre shot beat the defensive wall and went into the net off rival 'keeper German Burgos. England, seeking to build on the improvement they showed as hosts of the European Championship finals, launched their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau. Shearer, bought by Newcastle from Blackburn for GBP15 million (US$23.36 million) just before the start of the English season, sealed victory with the third goal after strikes from Nick Barmby and Paul Gascoigne. England coach Glenn Hoddle was among a number of new men in charge of European teams, though not all enjoyed such an encouraging start as the England boss. Switzerland, now guided by Rolf Fringer, lost 1-0 in Azerbaijan while Turkey, with Mustafa Denizli having taken over from Fatih Terim, went down 2-1 to Belgium in Brussels in a game marred by crowd trouble. Turkish fans, upset by their team's 2-0 first-half deficit, tore up plastic seats and threw them over the fence. Riot police took around 10 minutes to restore order. There were 50 arrests, mostly outside the stadium early in the second half. Artur Jorge, who has returned to coach his native Portugal after an unhappy stint with Switzerland, saw his new charges draw 0-0 in Armenia. The new team chief with former European champions Denmark, Sweden-born Bo Johannsen, got off to a victorious start when Allan Nielsen and Soeren Andersen scored in the last 12 minutes to overcome Slovenia 2-0 in Ljubljana. The next round of qualifying matches begins in October with European champions Germany making their entrance with a trip to Armenia.