Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick in a thrilling FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg to see Portugal qualify for Brazil 2014. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, but Ronaldo's heroics saw his team win 4-2 on aggregate.
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 this week's round-up of birthdays across the footballing globe, FIFA.com look back at one of Africa's finest stars George Weah, a Barcelona and Real Madrid league-winner in Alberto Celades and Czech star Tomas Rosicky.
Portugal and Spain are heavily favoured to claim all four UEFA Europa League semi-final positions with Porto, Benfica, Sporting Braga and Villarreal all well placed heading into Thursday's quarter-final second legs.
A lack of star names contributed to a disappointing 0-0 draw between Sweden and Germany in Gothenburg, both sides lacking urgency in a game that fizzled out as the final whistle approached.
After slipping to their lowest placing in the Ranking back in December, Sweden are now on the rise and targeting a return to the top 20.