Jonny Evans and Nani were involved in a cracking qualifier in Belfast as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a superb treble in Portugal's 4-2 triumph against Northern Ireland. The hosts surprisingly led 2-1 when Evans claimed the assist for Jamie Ward's goal but Nani came off the bench to help spark a terrific comeback, with ex-Red Ronaldo overtaking the great Eusebio's tally for his country. Helder Postiga was sent off in the first half with Northern Ireland finishing with nine men.
Marouane Fellaini picked up a yellow card during the 2-0 success for Belgium in Scotland. The United new boy's replacement in the 68th minute, former Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas, hit the second strike.
Patrice Evra helped France keep a clean sheet in Georgia during a goalless draw while Robin van Persie's pass led to Arjen Robben's opener for the Netherlands in Estonia. However, Holland were heading for a shock 2-1 reverse until skipper van Persie kept his cool to net a 94th minute penalty equaliser - sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to spare his team's blushes.
Earlier in the day, Shinji Kagawa set up the second goal for Kashiwa Reysol's Masato Kudo during a
Fellaini (Scotland - A)
Carrick, Cleverley, Smalling, Welbeck,
Young (Moldova - H)
Evra (Georgia - A)
Kagawa (Guatemala - H)
van Persie (Estonia - A)
Evans (Portugal - H)
Nani (Northern Ireland - A)