If there is celebration on the football pitch, there also is a lot of disappointment.
Fans around the world rose in jubilation and in despair as qualifier matches played on Tuesday (September 10) gave a glimpse in to what the 2014 World Cup has on offer.
All images courtesy AFP.
The United States closed in on its seventh straight World Cup appearance by beating regional rival Mexico 2-0.
Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan (in pic, on the right) scored in the second half to help the team to the top of the CONCACAF qualification group on 16 points from eight of a scheduled 10 games.
Captain Lionel Messi (in pic) scored twice, with Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez also getting on the scoresheet.
Over in Europe, The Netherlands and Italy became the first to stamp their ticket to Brazil.
While Italy fought off a resilient attack from the Czechs, the Dutch side (in pic) had it fairly ease against Andorra.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie scored twice four minutes apart early in the second half to see off Andorra.
In Belarus, Franck Ribery netted a brace as France twice came from behind to win their qualifier 4-2.
"We are very happy to have had a second half as good as that and to have scored four goals because it has been a long time since we scored," said Ribery after the match.