Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the initiative in their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Sweden with a late header as Paulo Bento's emerged with a 1-0 victory from a tense affair in Lisbon.
In our regular Sunday feature we look ahead to a week of footballing birthdays around the globe, featuring two of Europe's top strikers and a pair of 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ veterans.
Third-placed Anzhi Makhachkala were beaten 2-0 by Spartak Moscow while Russian Premier League leaders CKSA Moscow had their lead at the top cut to three points after they were defeated by Rubin Kazan.
Lionel Messi moved to within five goals of Gerd Muller's scoring record as Barcelona qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.
Russian side Spartak Moscow gained their first win of this season's UEFA Champions League campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portuguese opponents Benfica.
Five clubs enjoyed UEFA Champions League success away from home including Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea, however Bayern Munich suffered a surprise defeat at BATE Borisov. FIFA.com reviews all the action.