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.
FIFA.com looks at some of the footballing faces who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week, including Eidur Gudjohnsen and Simone Perrotta.
A late goal from Marek Hamsik earned Napoli a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa and moved Walter Mazzarri's side even closer to qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League.
A fortuitous goal from Sulley Muntari clinched a 1-0 win for Inter Milan at Genoa and moved the reigning Italian champions into second place on the 2010/11 Serie A table.
AC Milan moved up to fourth in Serie A after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Genoa, who made things difficult for the home team.
Lionel Messi and Miroslav Klose both excelled, but there were less welcome statistics for Portugal and France during a thrilling week of international football.