After 260 games across qualifying Europe, the nine sides headed for Brazil 2014 and the eight going into the play-offs have been decided, but in which games were their paths decided? FIFA.com investigates.
Individual records for Anders Svensson and Miroslav Klose feature alongside achievements by Brazil, France, Italy and Luxembourg in FIFA.com's latest stats review.
Italy and the Netherlands stole the headlines by becoming the first European nations to qualify for Brazil 2014, while Germany, Switzerland and Russia each took a giant stride towards booking their passage.
It was a positive matchday for the majority of leaders in Europe's nine groups most notably Belgium, while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered defeat, and both Netherlands and France stumbled on the road.
Sweden veteran Anders Svensson scored on his record-equalling 143rd appearance for Sweden to deal a blow to the Republic of Ireland's hopes of qualifying for their first FIFA World Cup since 2002.
Russia's trip to face an under-pressure Portugal side is arguably the highlight of an intriguing programme of European Zone qualifiers on Friday, which also includes Belgium-Serbia, Czech Republic-Italy and Austria-Sweden.