Grinning Ribery, merry Modric and chest-pumping Ronaldo - Tuesday's World Cup playoffs in pics

It was a night of high drama and emotion as France and Portugal joined Croatia and Greece as the last of the European qualifiers for Brazil 2014

An astonishing second-leg fighback sparked wild celebrations in Paris as France overcame a 2-0 first-leg defeat to beat Ukraine 3-0 and book its place in Brazil. Also on its way to World Cup 2014 is Portugal, which had Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick to thanks for its 3-2 win in Sweden, while Greece saw off Romania and Croatia beat Iceland.

Outside of Europe, Ghana and Algeria completed Africa's representation with aggregate playoff wins while there were a host of friendlies involving nations who have already qualified. Here is the pick of Tuesday's action captured by Goal's photographic partners.

Dark night | Romania fans show their support before the aggregate loss to Greece

Clash of titans | Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo

Rocks of Gibraltar | International football's newcomers pose before their first game

King of France | Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring against Ukraine

Hart broken | Joe Hart is powerless to stop Per Mertesacker's header for Germany

Leaping beautyYoichiro Kakitani directs a header towards goal in Japan's 3-2 win against Belgium

Simply the chest | Cristiano Ronaldo shows his delight after scoring in Sweden

Boiling point | Tempers fray during Holland's clash with Colombia

Stalemate | Poland and Republic of Ireland fail to break the deadlock 

New arrivals | Gibraltar fans fly the flag

 Greece is the word | Ioannis Maniatis celebrates his side's qualification

Yellow peril | Ukraine is distraught after its 3-0 defeat in Paris

Grinning mentality | Frank Ribery is relieved France is going to the World Cup

Brothers in arms | Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric celebrate Croatia's battling win against Iceland

Spanish inquisition | Vicente Del Bosque gathers his thoughts after Spain's 1-0 loss in South Africa