Nine teams from CONCACAF will move on to the group stages at the weekend, while nine more will have to contemplate where it all went wrong.
Cuba were made to sweat in their first qualifier for South Africa 2010, as they only just shaded Antigua and Barbuda 4-3 on Tuesday.
Reinhold Fanz is in charge of Cuba's bid for a place at South Africa 2010. "I want to make their dream come true!" he told FIFA.com.
Wednesday was a fateful day in CONCACAF as Grenada hammered USVI, Belize made a date with Mexico and Barbados squeaked through.
The Aruban motto is 'one happy island,' but there aren't too many smiles in the national team as they edge dangerously close to early elimination.
Wednesday's slate of CONCACAF qualifiers had a little bit of everything - a 12-0 drubbing, a few upsets and a first-ever win on home soil.