Performances of the international break
Jon Obi Mikel, Nigeria
Despite being a bit-part player at Chelsea, the midfielder confirmed his importance to Nigeria with a commanding performance in the Super Eagles’ 3-1 win over Algeria.
Aleksandr Gatskan, Moldova
The Rostov midfielder scored one of the goals of the weekend against Georgia, an acrobatic volley that earned a point for Moldova on their visit to Tbilisi.
Aritz Aduriz, Spain
Aged 35 years and 275 days, the Athletic Bilbao striker scored in Spain’s 4-0 victory over Macedonia and became the oldest ever player to score for the Spanish national side.
Farouk Miya, Uganda
The Standard Liege attacker scored the only goal of the game as the Cranes beat Congo, a result that led to the sacking of Congo coach Pierre Lechantre.
Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo may have grabbed the headlines with his 68th international goal against Latvia but it was Besiktas winger Quaresma whose second-half substitution turned the game, his assists for William Carvalho and Ronaldo eventually giving the European champions a comfortable victory after Latvia had threatened a draw when they equalised midway through the second half.
Serge Gnabry, Germany
The Werder Bremen youngster became the first German for his country to score a hat-trick on international debut for 40 year when he took advantage from the resting of several key players to score three in the nationalmannschaft’s 8-0 demolition of San Marino.
Andrea Belotti, Italy
The young Torino striker made it three goals in the last three World Cup qualifiers with two goals against Liechtenstein and followed up with an impressive performance in the Azzurri’s goalless friendly against Germany.
Lionel Messi, Argentina
Ineffective against Brazil, the Barcelona star shone as Argentina beat Colombia 3-0 to end a four-match winless run in qualifying.
Gabor Kiraly, Hungary
The baggy tracksuit bottoms will be seen no more after the veteran keeper played his final and 108th international game.
Alexis Sanchez, Chile
Despite damaging a hamstring muscle last week, the Arsenal forward defied club manager Arsene Wenger to star in his country’s defeat of Uruguay as the South American champions came from a goal behind to win 3-1.
Enner Valencia, Ecuador
The West Ham striker provided an assist and grabbed a late goal as Ecuador beat Venezuela 3-0 in Quito to consolidate third place in the South American qualifying section.
Gabriel Jesus, Brazil
The young Palmeiras forward put in another oustanding performance as Brazil won 2-0 in Peru to extend their lead at the top of the South America World Cup qualifying section. The youngster, who will be a Manchester City player when he next plays for Brazil, broke the deadlock for Brazil in the second half, scoring his fifth goal in six international appearances, and then set up Renato Augusto to score the second goal of the night.