Order was restored in Europe, but South American leaders Brazil and Argentina couldn't find the net yesterday as both were held to 0-0 draws in World Cup qualifying.
Defending champion Brazil was stopped at home by Colombia, but the five-time champion still maintained its one-point lead over archrival Argentina, which suffered the same result at Chile.
Europe drew most of the attention as Italy, France, the Netherlands and Portugal rebounded from last weekend's disappointing results to put themselves back in contention for spots in the 2006 World Cup finals.
Italy, which lost to Slovenia on Saturday, got two goals from Francesco Totti to edge Belarus, 4-3.
"We got three very important points and we're first in the group again," said Italy Coach Marcello Lippi.
The other three teams all came back from surprising draws to win. The Dutch erased a one-goal deficit to beat Finland, 3-1. France blanked Cyprus, 2-0. And European Championship runner-up Portugal crushed Russia, 7-1, behind two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, 19.
England also won, edging host Azerbaijan, 1-0, on a goal from Michael Owen.
Liechtenstein trounced Luxembourg, 4-0. On Saturday, Liechtenstein held Portugal to a 2-2 draw.
There were two surprises in Europe. One involved perennial underachiever Spain, which was held to a 0-0 draw by Lithuania.
The other was Andorra, which defeated Macedonia, 1-0. Andorra had lost every qualifying game for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. Macedonia had tied the Dutch, 2-2, on Saturday.
Poland had a minor surprise when it scored three goals in the final 18 minutes to defeat host Wales, 3-2.
In another South American qualifier, Nolberto Solano scored the equalizer on a penalty kick as Peru held Paraguay to a 1-1 draw. Paraguay, which played in the last World Cup, stayed third in the group with 16 points.
Brazil leads the group with 20 points, followed by Argentina (19).
In Asia, four more teams clinched spots in the final qualifying round -- North Korea, Bahrain, Japan and Uzbekistan. Saudi Arabia already qualified. North Korea, hoping for its first World Cup since 1966, beat Yemen, 2-1.