AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf has been under pressure since taking the reins of the Rossoneri in January, and with a UEFA Champions League clash with Ateltico Madrid in just over a week, the hot seat is only getting hotter.
Juventus, Roma and Napoli hit 11 goals between them to deliver a blow to pursuers Fiorentina and Verona, while AC Milan fell to Sassuolo in a seven-goal thriller with teenager Domenico Berardi scoring four goals.
Juvenuts are now three points clear atop the Italian Serie A table with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Udinese, while Inter Milan and Roma were both held to 1-1 draws by Sampdoria and Atalanta respectively.
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.
FIFA World Cup qualifying resumes in the European Zone on Tuesday with Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland all aiming to secure their places. FIFA.com previews the action.
With four matches to go in the European qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, the 26 fixtures scheduled for Matchday Eight on Friday should go a long way to deciding which teams make the journey to South America next summer.