Substitute Alexander Kerzhakov scored a late winner as Russia overcame Slovakia 1-0 in St Petersburg.
UEFA have approved the launch of a Nations League from 2018, with the new tournament to be played every second year.
Gibraltar marked their European debut with a creditable 0-0 draw against Slovakia.
Gibraltar will make its senior international debut in November with a friendly against Slovakia.
Milivoje Novakovic hit a hat-trick as Slovenia ended the World Cup hopes of Norway with a 3-0 victory in Maribor.
Bosnia completed a comeback to win 2-1 against Slovakia to keep their hopes of reaching a first major tournament alive.
Bosnia's World Cup hopes suffered a setback as the Group G leaders slipped up 1-0 at home to Slovakia in Friday's qualifier in Zenica.
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel has confirmed that he has strained knee ligaments but hopes to be back in training this week.
Liechtenstein claimed just their second point of the World Cup qualification campaign with a draw against Slovakia.
Slovakia conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Latvia in World Cup qualification Group G.
Slovakia were denied a share of second place in Group G as Lithuania ground out a creditable 1-1 draw.
Bosnia host Greece in World Cup qualifying Group G on Friday, as Liechtenstein meet Latvia and Slovakia face Lithuania.
Portugal suffered a surprise home defeat by Ecuador as Russia, Belgium and the Czech Republic all picked up wins.
Jan Kozak has been named as the new coach of the Slovakia national team.
Gabon caused upset as they held Portugal to a draw, while Didier Drogba scored as Ivory Coast triumphed in Austria.
Greece climbed above opponents Slovakia into second spot in World Cup qualifying Group G with a narrow win in Bratislava.
Two goals in the first nine minutes guided Slovakia to victory over Latvia in their 2014 World Cup Group G qualifying clash in Bratislava.
Marek Sapara and Martin Jakubko scored a goal in each half as Slovakia laboured to a 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein in Group G.
Bosnia-Herzegovina put eight past Liechtenstein, Greece overcame Latvia 2-1 and Slovakia held Lithuania to a 1-1 draw.
Holland were stunned by Belgium, Argentina beat Germany and Russia drew in Fabio Capello's first match as manager.
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