Elsewhere, there was shock as France were defeated 2-0 in Ukraine to leave their hopes of reaching Brazil hanging by the thinnest of threads, while Greece look set to stroll to the finals at Romania's expense.
Check out pictures of Friday's finest action, including England's defeat to Chile, Germany's draw in Italy and much more below!
Goldielamps | The England midfielder was given a special cap to honour is 100th game
Hand-holding | Mario Gotze gets familiar with masterful midfielder Andrea Pirlo
Hello Hummels | The defender put Germany 1-0 up early on in Milan, though it finished 1-1
Roy the No.2 | Martin O'Neill's right-hand Republic of Ireland man watches on against Latvia
King Kostas | Greece put one foot in the finals thanks to on-fire forward Mitroglou
England embarrassed | Alexis Sanchez made mincemeat of the Three Lions in Chile's 2-0 win
Sack les Bleus | France on the precipice of an early World Cup exit after losing 2-0 to Ukraine
Premature comeback | Romania equalised against Greece but were ultimately beaten 3-1
Bad luck of the Irish | Mevlut Erdinc scored the only goal to down Northern Ireland
Devils in red | Ronaldo celebrates scoring in Portugal's 1-0 triumph over Sweden
Good luck of the Irish | Martin O'Neill's tenure started with an emphatic 3-0 victory on home soil
Cartwheeling | Scotland's 0-0 stalemate with USA must have really bored Grant Hanley
Icelandic grit | The Arctic minnows fought with 10 men to a 0-0 draw at home to Croatia