After being two goals down from the first-leg, France produced a stunning 3-0 win in Paris to beat Ukraine on aggregate and reach the FIFA World Cup finals, with Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema both scoring.
Ukraine moved firmly into FIFA World Cup™ qualifying contention with a comfortable win against Montenegro in Podogrica which blows Group H wide open.
Thanks to the victories over Poland and Moldova, Ukraine are up 11 places in the latest edition of the Ranking and now lie 37th, their best placing since 35th spot in May 2011.
Despite a slow start to FIFA World Cup™ qualifying, Ukraine registered a vital 3-1 win over Poland on Friday and goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov tells FIFA.com he is desperate to qualify for Brazil after reaching the quarter-finals at Germany 2006.
We preview this week's UEFA Champions League action, with Spain's contenders needing to dig deep to avoid elimination, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain looking well placed to head into the quarter-finals.
Ukraine's 2009 UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk reached the final 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time with a 2-0 victory over Portugal's Sporting Braga.