In the marque match of the night, Barcelona striker Pedro struck the only goal of the game as Spain edged past France 1-0.
In a closely fought encounter at the Stade de France, Pedro scrambled home the winner which brushed the gloves of Hugo Lloris before going in.
The French had youngster Paul Pogba sent off with 12 minutes remaining and despite Franck Ribery's best efforts, Spain ran out 1-0 winners.
Away to Montenegro, Wayne Rooney gave England a 6th minute lead that looked set to send Roy Hodgson's side to the top of their group.
But Montenegro, through substitute Dejan Damjanovic managed a deserved equaliser that enabled them to preserve a two-point lead in their World Cup qualifying group.
New German sensation Marco Reus struck twice as Joachim Loew's side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Kazakhstan.
Two goals from Mario Balotelli, who has now struck 10 goals in nine games for club and country, gave Italy a 2-0 victory over Malta.
In the 4-0 victory over Romania, Robin van Persie scored twice to reach 34 international goals, overtaking the legendary Johan Cruyff.