Before the Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com remembers some of the best qualifying matches from the last edition, featuring a thumping for Argentina and an African classic.
France, Portugal and Russia will all carry one-goal advantages into the second legs of their play-offs, while Ukraine and Greece begin level in Donetsk.
Russia, France and Portugal emerged with narrow one-goal advantages from their play-off first legs, while Greece and Ukraine played out a 0-0 draw.
Having led 2-0 through a Diniyar Bilyaletdinov brace, Russia were frustrated by a late goal from Nejc Pecnik that gives Slovenia renewed hope.
Slovenia toppled Slovakia 2-0 in a South Africa 2010 qualifier in Bratislava that all but secured the top two spots in Group 3 for both teams.