Macedonia 2 Trickovski 20', Kostovski 80'
Wales 1 Ramsey 39'
As Joe Allen watched from Liverpool, a late Macedonian goal officially ended any last slim sliver of a chance Wales had of making it to the World Cup. With only three games remaining, even maximum points the rest of the way would see Wales on 15—one back of Croatia's current points tally in second. But at least it's always nice to get a Craig Bellamy sighting.
Malta 1 Failla 38'
Denmark 2 Jacobson 2', Camilleri (OG) 53'
Denmark dominated possession early against Malta, but when Malta drew level the game became frustrated and chippy. A second half own goal, though, saved the Danes from embarrassment on a night they didn't look likely to earn the result themselves, while wins elsewhere by Armenia and Italy over the Czechs and Bulgarians mean Denmark head into the weekend tied third in Group B and only one point back of second place Bulgaria. Denmark, Czech Republic, and Armenia are all now level on nine points and fighting with the Bulgarians for second with Italy almost out of sight in first. Denmark will take on Armenia on Tuesday.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0
Slovakia 1 Pecovsky 77'
Martin Skrtel continued his form from Sunday against Manchester United and was the star of Slovakia's defence as they looked to keep their World Cup hopes alive. A late goal by Viktor Pecovsky was enough to take them to twelve points, but with Greece beating Liechtenstein elsewhere in Group G action, the Slovaks are still four points off the pace. However, they play their second group match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday and Greece on October 11th, and if they can get results from both games it might even be possible for them to take top spot in the group after many had written their World Cup hopes off completely.
England 4 Gerrard 12', Lambert 26', Welbeck 45+1' 50'
A strong showing by Gerrard helped England to romp past a comprehensively overmatched Moldovan side, but a Danny Welbeck yellow means the striker will miss Tuesday's match against Ukraine and increases the chances Daniel Sturridge may be forced into action even if he's not fully fit. Outside the opening ten minutes it wasn't even a contest and could hold little interest to the neutral as Roy Hodgson's side cruised to victory without having to much exert themselves. Elsewhere, with Ukraine demolishing San Marino to the tune of 9-0, it sets up a far more interesting headlining game for Tuesday between the two sides and with second in Group H on the line.
Belgium 2 Defour 38', Mirallas 89'
Simon Mignolet sat on the bench while Belgium eased to yet another victory in Group A. Elsewhere, second place Croatia had to settle for a late draw and now sit five points back of Belgium with only two games remaining for the sides on top of Group A.
We'll be back in a few hours to watch Uruguay face off against Peru in CONMEBOL qualification action, where Luis Suarez and the defending Copa America champions are at risk of failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.