Elsewhere, Antonio Valencia’s Ecuador produced a spirited performance to record a 1-1 draw with Argentina in high-altitude Quito. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero opened the scoring from the spot in the opening exchanges before Segundo Castillo's header restored parity on 17 minutes.
Bizarrely, the most noteworthy incident of the match involved former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano being sent off for kicking a medical car driver who was taking him from the pitch.
Finally, Anders Lindegaard was thankfully not involved as Denmark lost 4-0 at home to relative minnows Armenia, a result former Reds goalkeeper and Danish legend Peter Schmeichel described as the “worst ever”. His son Kasper was on the bench.