Ivory Coast became the first country to secure their place in the African World Cup qualifying play-offs as they came from behind to beat Tanzania 4-2 in Group C.
Zambia missed the chance to pull four points clear at the top of African World Cup qualifying Group D after Sudan earned a 1-1 draw in Ndola.
Libya extended their lead at the top of their World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Togo in Tripoli which ended the visitors' hopes of reaching next year's finals in Brazil.
France Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has said Karim Benzema "loves the French national team" but should "get angry more often" to stem criticism of his laid-back style.
Newly-appointed Netherlands captain Robin van Persie has claimed that he was forced by former club Arsenal to ignore the media during Euro 2012.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is confident the stadiums this year's Confederations Cup - including the historic Maracana stadium - will be ready for the warm-up event for the World Cup.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has predicted that the total cost for the 2018 World Cup will be more than $20 billion, around double the amount his country originally estimated.
Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has accused his South Korea counterpart Choi Kang-hee of "humiliating" the Iranian people by claiming he and his players had been "badly treated" in Tehran last year.
Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw in Namibia on Wednesday and missed the chance to book their place in the African World Cup play-offs, but their fate remains in their own hands.