Led by Lionel Messi and John Obi Mikel, Argentina and Nigeria meet on the big stage yet again, while underdogs Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina will hope to upset the odds.
Fiorentina dominated ten-man Verona 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller that produced four goals inside the opening quarter hour at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, while Napoli beat Lazio 4-2 on the road.
Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador qualified directly from the South American Zone, while Uruguay made it through via an intercontinental play-off. FIFA.com reviews the qualifiers.
La Liga duo Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both booked a spot in the UEFA Champions League last-16 with wins over AC Milan and Austria Wein, while Arsenal picked up a hard-fought win at Borussia Dortmund.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Cristiano Ronaldo’s physique, Diego Maradona on his bizarre first contact with Mario Balotelli and Carlo Ancelotti on bringing the canines to combat one of the world’s deadliest playmakers.
Matchday 2 of the group phase of the UEFA Champions League promises to be a thrilling one, featuring no fewer than six matches between teams who won their opening games.