After Saturday's shocks and surprises, Sunday proved to be an altogether much calmer day as the scramble for places at South Africa 2010 continued. Liberia's thrilling 2-2 draw with Senegal aside, goals were few and far between as order returned to the African qualifying scene.
The day's big movers were Tunisia and Nigeria, who picked up respective 1-0 road wins away to Burundi and Equatorial Guinea. The Carthage Eagles were particularly grateful for the points as they moved second in Group 9.
With the second round having now reached the halfway stage, FIFA.com rounds up all the day's results.
Game of the day
Burundi 0-1 Tunisia
Goal: Radhi Jaidi 66
After losing 2-1 at home to pacesetters Burkina Faso in their Group 9 opener, the Tunisians had no margin for error when they made their entrance at the Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore in Bujumbura. Determined to get the job done, the 2004 African champions edged home in a tight, tense encounter thanks to central defender Radhi Jaidi's goal just after the hour mark. The win took the Carthage Eagles into second place in the section, three points behind the Burkinabe. Victory over Burundi in next week's return fixture in Rades will set the North Africans up for a potential group decider in Burkina Faso on 5 September.
Surprise of the day
Swaziland 0-0 Zambia
One point won or two lost? That is the question teams usually ask themselves after being held at home, and Swaziland will probably have felt it was a case of the latter when they departed the pitch at the end of their clash with Zambia at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Mbabane. While the Zambians lie a whole 91 places ahead of the Swazis in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the hosts entertained serious hopes of following up their fine 2-1 defeat of Togo last weekend with another notable scalp. And though disappointed not to take all three points, the unbeaten Sihlangu still sit top of Group 11 ahead of the Sparrowhawks and are well placed to grab a surprise spot in the next round.
Player of the day
Despite still being rooted to the bottom of Group 7, Mozambique finally had something to celebrate when they secured their first point of the second phase with a 1-1 draw against Madagascar at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo. The hero of the day for the Mambas was their 31-year-old striker Dario Monteiro, a former veteran of Portuguese outfits Academica Coimbra, Vitoria Guimaraes and Estrela Amadora who now turns out for Cypriot club Nea Salamina Ammochostos. Dario put the visitors in front after 33 minutes, a goal that would have earned his side a sensational win had home favourite Guy Maxihasindrahoosa not spoiled their day with an equaliser in the dying seconds.
The numbers game -1.42: The average number of goals scored in Sunday's seven games, the lowest return so far in phase two of the African qualifiers.
Click on the link on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Sunday's games.