Cristiano Ronaldo headed Portugal closer to the World Cup as they beat Sweden 1-0 in their play-off first leg in Lisbon.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento called up uncapped Sporting midfielder William Carvalho in his squad for the play-off with Sweden.
Zenit St Petersburg and FC Porto shared the points as Hulk scored against his former club in a 1-1 draw at the Petrovsky.
Champions Porto ended Sporting's unbeaten start to the season by registering a 3-1 home victory.
Promising full backs Cedric and Andre Almeida earned first call-ups to Portugal's 25-man squad for the last two World Cup Group F qualifiers against Israel and
Arda Turan scored late on to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win over Porto in their Champions League Group G match.
Ronaldinho is Atletico Mineiro's ace but success in the Libertadores Cup final against Olimpia but Bernard could be the key.
Maxime Bouet won the opening stage of the Giro del Trentino in Lienz.
Round-up: Stefan Kiessling scored twice to lead Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-0 win over error-prone Hamburg SV.
Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has criticised his team's Brazilian players for passing to each other rather than better-placed team-mates.
Costa Rica enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over a Bolivia side that wound up with nine men in a fraught Group A clash at the Copa America.
Argentina's Leandro Messineo produced an impressive performance to take a solo victory in stage five of the Tour de San Luis.
Androni-Giocattoli rider Jose Serpa won stage two of the Tour de San Luis and assumed overall lead of the race in Argentina.
Bayern Munich breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that Franck Ribery would miss only five days of training after pulling a muscle.
We complete our countdown to the big kick-off in South Africa with five-times winners Brazil.
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