Manchester United and Real Madrid progressed to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League on a goal-filled evening after holders Bayern Munich had won a record tenth consecutive game in the competition.
Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
Portugal beat ten-man Luxembourg 3-0 at home but were forced to settle for a runners-up finish in Group F behind Russia.
Nani has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United, keeping the Portugal winger at Old Trafford until 2018 and fighting for a spot in the Red Devils' midfield.
Daniel Sturridge's fourth-minute strike saw Liverpool edge Manchester United 1-0 at Anfield, while Arsenal edged their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur by the same scoreline on an Olivier Giroud goal.
Bruma, a star of Portugal's 3-2 win over Nigeria, tells FIFA.com that he is putting his youthful bad habits behind him and aiming to replicate the success enjoyed by Sporting predecessor Cristiano Ronaldo.