FC Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (l.) delivered for France, scoring in
...while his club-mate Mario Mandzukic (r.) left Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic (c.) on his haunches to open the scoring for Croatia...
...before VfL Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic (2nd r.) made it two 14 minutes later to give the hosts a 2-0 win
...Belgium, who beat Macedonia 2-0 in Skopje. Bremen midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (r.) got the all-important first goal for the visitors
The Netherlands likewise top the standings in Group D, with Hamburger SV hero Rafael van der Vaart also opening the scoring as the
Meanwhile, FC Schalke 04 striker Teemu Pukki (2nd l.) put a spanner in the works of Spain's automatic qualifying hopes,
It was a good evening all-round for Scandinavians, with 1. FSV Mainz 05 midfielder Niki Zimling (r.) on the scoresheet for Denmark against the Czech Republic
His Wolfsburg compatriot Simon Kjaer also found the net as the Danes ran out 3-0 winnners
Bayern Munich youngster David Alaba (l.) celebrates his strike as Austria swatted the Faroe Islands aside 6-0.
VfB Stuttgart frontman Vedad Ibisevic (r.) was on target in Bosnia-Herzegovina's 3-1 triumph over Greece...
...while Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan (l.) hit the only goal of the game as Peru beat Chile in South American qualifying
Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (c.) could do nothing to prevent a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Ukraine, although he did get on the scoresheet in Warsaw
Bayern defender Dante may not have scored, but the centre-back impressed yet again on his second appearance
Stuttgart midfielder Shinji Okazaki (l. against FC Augsburg's Marcel de Jong) scored to help Japan beat Canada 2-1 in a friendly encounter too
Not even the silky skills of Gladbach's Juan Arango (l. against Lionel Messi) could unlock the Argentine defence in Buenos Aires, as Venezuela lost 3-0
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