Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiacos both secured berths on the last round of group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League, while Galatasaray and Juventus' crucial encounter was abandoned due to heavy snowfall.
Brazil will start the pool as the favourites, while Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico will all be hopeful in what is, on paper, a wide-open fight for a second spot in the knockout phase.
11 teams can secure passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase this week, while five former winners of the European competition, including Juventus and Borussia Dortmund face an early exit if they fail to win.
FIFA.com looks back at Croatia’s World Cup qualifying experiences over the past few months, having only secured qualification after two tense encounters with Iceland in the play-offs.
For the last eight European teams still battling for qualification, it all comes down to this. France and Romania have most to do, but the heat is on for all the sides involved. FIFA.com previews the second legs.
In our weekly round-up of forthcoming birthdays, we take a look at the respective careers of Der Kaiser, an African FIFA World Cup legend and a couple of midfield maestros, who will all be celebrating this week.