Manchester United and Real Madrid progressed to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League on a goal-filled evening after holders Bayern Munich had won a record tenth consecutive game in the competition.
Manchester United overcame Fulham to go six games unbeaten, while Manchester City smashed seven goals past Norwich City in the English Premier League.
FIFA.com takes a closer look La Tricolor's route to Brazil 2014, which will be the country’s third participation at a FIFA World Cup.
Wayne Rooney scored twice to help himself to his 200th Manchester United goal and see David Moyes get his first UEFA Champions League win as the Red Devils saw off Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.
Manchester United fell to La Liga side Sevilla 3-1 in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial match at Old Trafford ahead of Sunday's Community Shield encounter with Wigan.
Robin van Persie ended his goal drought as Manchester United restored their 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and deepened Stoke's relegation worries.