Boosted by their qualification for Brazil 2014 and the sparking form of the 2013 Player of the Year, Portugal are on the verge of equalling their best ever ranking position.
A massive night of international football was highlighted by imposing performances from Brazil and France, while Argentina and Germany turned in below-par showings in one of the final chances to impress before Brazil 2014.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Anecelotti was pleased with the way his side came from behind to rescue a point against city rivals Atletico and preserve the club's position at the top of the Spanish La Liga table.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 82nd minute to save a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid at crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona beat Almeria 4-1 and Sevilla edged Real Sociedad 1-0.
There is a potentially decisive contest in La Liga this weekend as in-form Real Madrid visit neighbours Atletico buoyed by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes has acknowledged his side were taught a lesson by a rampant Real Madrid on Wednesday night.After a 6-1 defeat which all but ends the Bundesliga side's participation in