Everton manager Roberto Martinez felt mental fatigue played a part in Saturday's disjointed 4-1 win at home to Fulham, while Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu suffered a hamstring tear ruling him out for several weeks.
Manchester City asserted their Premier League title credentials with an extraordinary 6-3 defeat of leaders Arsenal, while Chelsea edged Crystal Palace 2-1 to move second.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge earned Liverpool a 3-3 draw at Everton with a late goal in a thrilling Merseyside derby. Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez gave the visitors the lead, but Romelu Lukaku's brace put Everton ahead.
England’s Premier League has had a big hand in Belgium’s qualification for Brazil 2014, with many of Les Diables Rouges’ leading lights having taken their game to the next level across the Channel.
It was a positive matchday for the majority of leaders in Europe's nine groups most notably Belgium, while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered defeat, and both Netherlands and France stumbled on the road.
Group A leaders Belgium won 2-0 away to Scotland to take a big step towards FIFA World Cup qualification, with Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas scoring their goals.