FIFA.com reviews all the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying action from Europe on a positive evening for the continent's major nations, although both Germany and Spain were made to work overtime before collecting wins.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Gorkhan Inler struck in either half to give Switzerland a 2-0 victory over Albania, seeing them claim a 100 per cent start following their first two FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers.
The likes of England, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal made winning starts to European Zone qualifying for Brazil 2014, while Italy were held to a 2-2 draw in Bulgaria.
A goal in either half was enough to earn ten-man Switzerland a winning start to their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as they eased past Group E opponents Slovenia in Ljubljana.
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