Ciro Immobile spared Italy from a rare qualifying defeat by scoring two goals that lifted the Azzurri to a 3-2 victory in Macedonia.
Wales suffered a World Cup qualifying shock as they were held 1-1 at home by Georgia -- a team ranked 127 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
Germany recorded their second successive 3-0 win in a comfortable start to their Group C World Cup qualifying campaign.
England put a tough fortnight behind them with a predictably straightforward victory against Malta, getting Gareth Southgate's interim reign off to a solid if unspectacular start.
Kevin Gameiro struck twice as France came from behind to run out convincing 4-1 winners over Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier in Paris.
Quincy Promes scored his first two international goals as Netherlands overpowered Belarus 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam.
Belgium moved to the top of Group H after a 4-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in their World Cup qualifier in Brussels.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as European champions Portugal humbled nine-man Andorra 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Aveiro.
Argentina were twice pegged back as Peru battled for a 2-2 World Cup-qualifying draw in Lima on Thursday night.
Brazil thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in Thursday night's World Cup qualifier in Rio Grande do Norte to continue their impressive start under new coach Tite.
A late Daniele De Rossi penalty earned Italy a point against a dominant Spain side in their World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday night.
Wales had a good night in Vienna as Chris Coleman's side claimed a battling World Cup qualification point with a 2-2 draw against Austria.
Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager by mutual consent after just one game in charge of the national team.
Spain ran Liechtenstein ragged as they began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a thumping 8-0 win in Leon.
Ten-man Italy claimed a hard-fought win in Israel in their opening World Cup qualifier -- but the three points came at a cost.
Gareth Bale starred as Wales began their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in style with a 4-0 victory over Moldova in Cardiff.
Germany made a successful start to the defence of their World Cup title with a 3-0 win over Norway in Oslo.
New England manager Sam Allardyce saw his period in charge -- and England's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign -- begin with a victory thanks to Adam Lallana's late, late goal.
Lionel Messi marked his return to the international stage with the winning goal as Argentina defeated Uruguay 1-0 in Thursday's World Cup qualifier in Mendoza.
Luis Suarez scored on his Uruguay return as Brazil threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in their World Cup qualifier and increase the pressure on coach Dunga.
Argentina and Brazil took a point each from their rearranged World Cup qualifier on Friday night as it finished 1-1 in Buenos Aires.
Copa America champions Chile earned a first win over Brazil since 2000 in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifying clash in Santiago, triumphing 2-0.
Ecuador scored two goals in two minutes in the final stages to stun Argentina in their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash in Buenos Aires and earn a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win.
FIFA's ethics committee has provisionally banned Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke for 90 days in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation.
The draw for the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup has been taken with France taking on Netherlands, Spain and Italy drawn in the same group and England finding themselves placed with Scotland.
The seedings for the 2018 World Cup finals draw can now be confirmed after Peru booked the 32nd and last place at next summer's tournament in Russia.
Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as coach of Italy after failing to guide them to next summer's World Cup, the Italian Football Federation has announced.
Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland, whose hopes ended in the UEFA playoffs once more.
Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as Sweden secured their spot in Russia after the teams' 0-0 draw on Monday in Milan.
Croatia comfortably negotiated the second leg of their play-off tie against Greece with a goalless draw sealing their place at next summer's World Cup.
Northern Ireland saw their World Cup dream die in Basel on Sunday, though it was a controversial penalty three days earlier that ultimately sent Switzerland through to Russia.
Darren Randolph was the Republic of Ireland's hero as they returned from Denmark with a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw after surviving a stern test of their World Cup credentials.
Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm.
Croatia put one foot toward a place in Russia next year with a 4-1 win over Greece in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Thursday.
Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup playoff as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.
Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark.
Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador -- but Lionel Messi came to the rescue as his side booked their place at next summer's World Cup.
Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States 2-1 in the team's final Hexagonal World Cup qualifier, meaning the Americans will miss out on the game's biggest tournament in Russia in 2018.
Sweden secured a spot in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs despite losing 2-0 to Netherlands, whose elimination was confirmed.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal confirmed their spot at the 2018 World Cup by beating Switzerland 2-0 in their final UEFA qualifier on Tuesday.
Antoine Griezmann scored one and made another as France secured World Cup qualification with a narrow 2-1 victory over Belarus in Paris.
Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania.
James McClean sent the Republic of Ireland into a World Cup playoff as Wales' hopes of qualification were ended by a 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.
Serbia qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 74th-minute goal by substitute Aleksandar Prijovic gave them a 1-0 home win over Georgia on Monday and enabled them to finish top of Europe's Group D with 21 points from 10 games.
Iceland reached the World Cup for the first time when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to finish top of Group I and qualify for next year's finals in Russia.
Spain ended their qualification campaign by beating Israel 1-0 on a frustrating night at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Poland sealed their first World Cup spot since the 2006 tournament after an early onslaught and a late flourish, including a goal from the excellent Robert Lewandowski, gave them a 4-2 home win over Montenegro on Sunday.
Leon Goretzka inspired Germany to a 5-1 rout over Azerbaijan as the defending champions wrapped up their World Cup qualification campaign in style.
England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.
Egypt became the second African nation after Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a last-gasp 2-1 win against Congo-Brazzaville.
Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the World Cup qualifying playoffs after being held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.
Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.
Brazil and Bolivia played an entertaining 0-0 draw in a game that did nothing to change either side's World Cup fate on Thursday.
Argentina are in peril of missing their first World Cup since 1970 after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Peru.
Germany will be in Russia next summer to defend their World Cup crown having sealed their qualification by inflicting a first competitive home defeat on Northern Ireland in four years.