But it was a night to forget for Jonny Evans in Baku, the United defender was sent off late in Northern Ireland's 2-0 defeat to Azerbaijan. Nani played in Portugal's 1-1 with Israel, which means that his country's hopes of making it to Brazil are likely to involve a two-legged play-off next month.
As well as the World Cup qualifiers taking place, a couple of United stars featured in friendlies played around Europe.
Shinji Kagawa played 87 minutes for Japan as they took on Serbia in Novi Sad, but two second half goals for the hosts condemned Japan to defeat in their latest warm-up for Brazil 2014.
Patrice Evra played the first 63 minutes of France's 6-0 hammering of Australia in Paris.
Angelo Henriquez, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez could all feature for Chile, Ecuador and Mexico respectively in more qualifiers to follow the European fixtures.