Third-placed Anzhi Makhachkala were beaten 2-0 by Spartak Moscow while Russian Premier League leaders CKSA Moscow had their lead at the top cut to three points after they were defeated by Rubin Kazan.
It was honours even between Argentina and Bolivia in La Paz, while wins elsewhere for Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela boosted this trio's hopes of making it to Brazil 2014. FIFA.com reflects on the South American action.
Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals despite a 4-1 loss at Inter Milan, while Fernando Torres was the hero as Chelsea joined their London rivals in the last eight after beating Steaua Bucharest.
FIFA.com looks ahead to South American FIFA World Cup™ qualifying, where Argentina will be looking to build on their impressive run, while Ecuador will hope to take advantage of Colombia's absence.
Three points now separate the top six in South America after a matchday on which there were no home winners. FIFA.com has the details as the race for places at Brazil 2014 got even tighter.
A 2-1 victory against Rubin Kazan helped Terek Grozny stay in touch at the top of the Russian Premier League, while ten-man Volga Nizhny Novgorod salvaged a draw.