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.
Sergio Aguero left it late to fire Argentina to a 1-0 international friendly victory over future World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.
France underlined their status as World Cup contenders next summer with an impressive 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Paris.
Mexico and Belgium played to a thrilling 3-3 draw in a friendly match in Brussels on Friday.
England made light of their injury worries as World Cup preparations got off to a promising start, with Gareth Southgate's young side fighting out a spirited goalless draw with Germany.
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.
Neymar scored a penalty and missed another in Brazil's 3-1 friendly win over Japan in France on Friday.
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.
Scotland began life after Gordon Strachan with a 1-0 friendly defeat by Holland at Pittodrie after Memphis Depay netted a controversial winner.
Marco Asensio struck an instant classic as Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas.
Goals either side of half-time from Alessio Romagnoli and Suso gave AC Milan a 2-0 victory at Sassuolo on Sunday night.
Roma enjoyed a 12th consecutive Serie A away victory in this six-goal thriller with Fiorentina, including a brace from Gerson.
Napoli kept a clean sheet despite missing Pepe Reina, but were unable to break down an organised and rugged Chievo.
Inter Milan missed the chance to return to the top of Serie A after being held to a 1-1 draw by Torino.
A fine header from Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge as Manchester City stretched their advantage at the top of the Premier League.
Mario Balotelli scored the winner but was later sent off as struggling Nice ended a four-match Ligue 1 losing streak by beating Dijon 1-0 at home.
Juventus survived a scare as they came from behind to beat Serie A's bottom club Benevento 2-1 at home.
Manchester City secured their 10th win in 11 Premier League games, extending their lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways in domestic football as Son Heung-Min's goal proved enough to see off an unlucky Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Paco Alcacer was Barcelona's match-winner as his brace helped the LaLiga leaders make it 10 victories from 11 games with a 2-1 success over Sevilla.
Gaston Ramirez and Fabio Quagliarella fired Sampdoria to a 2-0 Serie A win at Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna.
Bayern Munich moved six points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table with a 3-1 victory in Der Klassiker at Signal Iduna Park.
Second-placed Monaco reacted to PSG's triumph by thumping Guingamp 6-0 at home.
Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice as Paris St Germain thrashed Angers 5-0 in Ligue 1.
Atletico Madrid needed an stoppage-time goal to avoid another poor result in La Liga, earning a hard-fought 1-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna from Thomas Partey's free kick on Saturday.
Liverpool deepened West Ham United's problems as they strolled to a 4-1 win at the London Stadium.
Peter Crouch's second-half header earned Stoke a point at home to Leicester and ensured a familiar scoreline at the bet365 Stadium.
AC Milan were made to wait for confirmed qualification from the Europa League group stage after being held to a 0-0 draw in a mediocre game at AEK Athens.
Arsenal qualified from the Europa League group stage despite being held to a 0-0 home draw by Red Star Belgrade, with rivals BATE Borisov being thrashed 5-2 in Cologne.
Tottenham delivered one of the finest victories in the club's history as Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-1 demolition of Real Madrid.
Liverpool edged closer to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages with a workmanlike 3-0 win over Maribor.
Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday which left both facing near-certain elimination from the Champions League.
Sevilla beat Spartak Moscow 2-1 to avenge their demoralising loss to the Russian club two weeks ago and move to second place in Group E of the Champions League on Wednesday.
A record-breaking goal from Sergio Aguero sent Manchester City into the Champions League knockout stages with a brilliant 4-2 win at Napoli.
Cenk Tosun denied Monaco a much-needed lifeline in their bid to avoid early elimination from the Champions League as he salvaged a 1-1 draw for Group G leaders Besiktas.
Barcelona failed to score in a Champions League group stage game for the first time in five years as Olympiakos held them to a goalless draw.
Gonzalo Higuain scored a late equaliser as Juventus drew with Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Tuesday to remain ahead of the Portuguese club in Group D of the Champions League.
Manchester United are on the brink of reaching the Champions League knockout phase after teenage Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar unwittingly put Jose Mourinho's men on course for another narrow win.
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa scored a second-half hat trick as Paris Saint-Germain crushed Anderlecht 5-0 to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Celtic exited the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in a pulsating encounter at Parkhead.
Atletico Madrid were held by 10-man Qarabag to a 1-1 draw in Group C of the Champions League on Tuesday, further damaging their chances of advancing to the knockout stages.
CSKA Moscow clawed back into Champions League contention on Tuesday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Basel on Tuesday.
Chelsea crumbled as Roma moved to the top of Champions League Group C with a 3-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.
Gianluigi Buffon, Neymar and Leonardo Bonucci are the new names in the 2017 FIFPro World 11, joining the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi and Neymar to win The Best FIFA Men's Player award for the second year running.
Mario Mandzukic's 84th-minute header earned Juventus a much-needed home victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain needed less than three minutes to stamp their authority on Wednesday's Champions League match against Anderlecht and coasted to a 4-0 victory over the Belgian champions.
Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard and Edin Dzeko each scored twice as Chelsea rescued a thrilling 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.
Manchester United continued their charge toward the Champions League knockout phase as Benfica's Mile Svilar, the competition's youngest-ever goalkeeper, was embarrassed by a Marcus Rashford free kick.
Celtic discovered Bayern Munich are still very much a European force as the Hoops suffered a 3-0 drubbing in their Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena.
Basel continued a strong start to their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic was 10-man Qarabag's hero as they collected a first ever Champions League group stage point by holding last season's semifinalists Atletico Madrid in Baku.
Liverpool finally found their form in front of goal in a record-breaking 7-0 European away victory against hapless Maribor and finally kick-start their Champions League campaign.
Spartak Moscow sliced broke open Sevilla with rapid counter-attacks to beat the Spanish team 5-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund's hopes of making the second round of the Champions League took a major blow after being held to a 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.
Eight years after the club's formation, Leipzig defeated Porto 3-2 on Tuesday for their first Champions League win with all goals coming in the first half.
Cenk Tosun scored twice as Besiktas won 2-1 away to Monaco for a third straight win to move closer to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday.
Bernard scored twice to lead 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk past Feyenoord 2-1 and solidify the Ukrainian team's grip on second place in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.