Denmark overwhelmed Malta 6-0 to guarantee second spot in Group B but it was insufficient to earn them a play-off place.
Italy and the Netherlands stole the headlines by becoming the first European nations to qualify for Brazil 2014, while Germany, Switzerland and Russia each took a giant stride towards booking their passage.
FIFA.com wraps up another massive evening of European Brazil 2014 qualifying highlighted by a crucial win for world champions Spain on their trip to Paris, while Montenegro and England remain evenly poised after a hard-fought draw.
Daniel Agger's penalty cancelled out Stanislav Manolev's 51st minute strike as Denmark and Bulgaria split the points in the Group B fixture, leaving the hosts' FIFA World Cup hopes in peril.
Luis Suarez grabbed a first-half brace to help Liverpool beat Queens Park Rangers 3-0 and leave Harry Redknapp's side eight points adrift of safety in the Premier League.
Denmark defender Daniel Agger has signed a new contract extension with Liverpool, with the 27-year-old revealing that he has "never wanted to go anywhere else".