Both Nani's Portugal and Evra's France had work to do going into Tuesday night's play-off second leg matches, with the former only winning 1-0 at home to Sweden and the latter losing 2-0 away to Ukraine a few days ago. But this work was duly done and dramatically so at Stockholm's Friends Arena, where the contest lived up to the pre-match billing it had received in many quarters - Zlatan Ibrahimovic versus Cristiano Ronaldo.
Two of the best forwards in world football scored all the goals between them - with Ronaldo seeing Ibrahmovic's double and raising a hat-trick to give Portugal a stunning 3-2 away win and a 4-2 aggregate victory. Cristiano, of course, also scored the first leg's only goal.
France, meanwhile, staged a commendable comeback with their first-leg deficit wiped out by half-time in Paris courtesy of goals from Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema. A second goal by Sakho, 16 minutes from the end, ensured Les Bleus overcame the ten men of Ukraine - the visitors had Yevhen Khacheridi dismissed shortly after half-time for a second bookable offence. Evra was one of five other players shown a yellow card but that will be swiftly forgotten as the French toast their triumph.