Benfica's international contingent had a hugely successful week, with Kostas Mitroglou, Victor Lindelöf, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes all getting on the scoresheet for their respective national teams. Read on to discover who starred for their country, and who was left warming the bench.
Neither Nélson Semedo nor Pizzi saw a minute of competitive action this week, but at least they had front-row seats to witness Portugal's 6-0 thrashings of Andorra and the Faroe Islands. Fernando Santos' team sit second in World Cup qualifying group B, three points adrift of Switzerland, who still have a 100% record.
João Carvalho scored in Portugal under-21s' amazing 3-3 draw with Hungary under-21s. Gonçalo Guedes and João Teixeira both came on as second half substitutes. Guedes then bagged two goals and an assist against Lichtenstein, with João Carvalho also scoring in the 7-1 rout. Pedro Rodrigues came on for the last half-hour, his debut for the under-21 side. Portugal have now qualified for Euro 2017, which will be hosted by Poland. Rui Jorge's team finished unbeaten in Group 4, and have not lost a game (over 90 minutes) for a staggering five years.
Aurélio Buta, Diogo Gonçalves, Francisco Ferreira, Heriberto Tavares, Pedro Amaral, Ruben Dias and Yuri Ribeiro all attended a training camp in Rio Maior this week, although Gonçalves, Dias and Ribeiro left early to play in Léo's testimonial in São Paulo at the weekend.
Portugal's under-19s shared the spoils with Italy in back-to-back friendlies this week, losing the first game 2-1, before winning the second by the same margin. José Gomes scored in the first match before heading to Brazil, while Gedson Fernandes scored a stunning winner in the second. Florentino and Tiago Dias started both matches.
Kostas Mitroglou celebrated his 50th senior international cap by scoring the opener in Greece's 2-0 home win over Cyprus, and then played all 90 minutes of their 2-0 away win in Estonia. Greece are second in Group H with a 100% record, but trail Belgium on goal difference.
Victor Lindelöf scored his first senior international goal this week, netting in Sweden's 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. He also played the entirety of their slender 1-0 win over Luxembourg, and was booked in the process. Sweden are now joint-top of Group A, with the same number of points and exactly the same goal difference as France.
Poland had a productive week, securing wins over Denmark and Armenia, which leave them second in Group E, level on points with Montenegro. Pawel Dawidowicz was on the bench for both fixtures, but was not utilised by head coach Adam Nawalka.
Ljubomir Fejsa remained on the substitutes' bench during Serbia's 3-0 away win in Moldova, but played the entirety of their 3-2 victory at home to Austria. The two wins take Serbia top of Group D; they lead the Republic of Ireland on goal difference.
Andrija Živković impressed whilst on international duty with Serbia's under-21 side. He grabbed an assist in their 3-1 triumph over the Republic of Ireland, and repeated the feat four days later, in the 3-1 win over Slovenia. Serbia finished second in Group 2, a solitary point behind Italy. They will now attempt to qualify for Euro 2017 via the play-offs. With his four assists, Živković came third in the list of goal-makers during the group stage.
Álex Grimaldo was released early from the Spanish camp as a precautionary measure, after complaining of pain in his groin and adductor muscle. The injury is not thought to be serious.
Jhon Murillo made the long trip to South America, but failed to add to his 3 caps for Venezuela. His country lost 3-0 to Uruguay and 2-0 to Brazil, leaving them rock bottom of the 10-team CONMEBOL qualifying group.