Manchester United overcame Fulham to go six games unbeaten, while Manchester City smashed seven goals past Norwich City in the English Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second half hat-trick to see off Northern Ireland in Belfast, after the hosts had led at the break. There were three red cards in an ill-tempered game as Helder Postiga, Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty were all dismissed.
Michael O’Neill speaks to FIFA.com about masterminding Northern Ireland’s win over Russia, the role the fans played in it, their aim of returning to the FIFA World Cup and the influence Paul Gascoigne had on his career.
West Bromwich Albion announced they have extended Northern Irish international Garteh McAuley's contract by a year, keeping him at The Hawthorns until 2015.
Callum McManaman scored a dramatic winner to give Wigan Athletic renewed hope of staying in the Premier League, while Aston Villa also scored a late goal to step closer to another season in England's top flight.
The pressure on Chelsea deepened as they lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool's push for a top-four finish suffered a blow after a 2-1 defeat by Arsenal, and City kept up their impressive form with a 2-0 win over Bolton.