Flying the flag
Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart (r.), who rejoined Hamburger SV in the summer, was awarded a silver plate in recognition of his 100th international cap,
Schalke' 04s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed the Netherlands' second, only 14 minutes into the game which the Oranje won 3-0
Theodor Gebre Selassie (l.) and Tomas Pekhart both scored in the Czech Republic's 3-1 win against Malta. Their compatriots Petr Jiracek (Hamburg)
Belgium look well on course for Brazil 2014, with Werder Bremen's Kevin De Bruyne scoring the second goal in the 3-0 success in Serbia
Vedad Ibisevic (c.) of VfB Stuttgart failed to score for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Greece as the game
Central midfielder Tamas Hajnal hasn't played much for VfB Stuttgart this season,
Austria started with an astonishing nine Bundesliga players but despite being the favourites against Kazakhstan,
Denmark, too, had Bundesliga players in their starting eleven in Simon Kjaer (no. 3) of VfL Wolfsburg
Hamburg's Marcus Berg struggled along with the rest of his compatriots as Sweden took on underdogs Faroe Islands, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured Germany's next Group C opponents the victory
Despite Bayern's top scorer Mario Mandzukic (l.) and Ivan Perisic of Borussia Dortmund failing to find
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk hasn't featured much for Bayern this season, and the goalless draw against Moldova only added to the disappointment of Ukraine's team captain
France and Japan met for a friendly in St. Denis, where it looked like Hiroki Sakai's (l., of Hannover 96) and Franck Ribery's (Bayern) teams would settle for a draw...
...before, Japan, who also featured Hiroshi Kiyotake (r., 1. FC Nuremberg) and four other Bundesliga players, snatched victory just before the final whistle
Colombia are still on fire in the South American qualifying campaign, their 2-0 win against Paraguay keeping them
Stuttgart defender Francisco Javier Rodriguez Pinedo (m.), nicknamed Maza, captained Mexico in their comfortable 5-0 win in Guayana...