Russia and Slovakia have each booked a place the Euro 2016 football finals, with victories over Montenegro and Luxembourg respectively. England notched up the overall best qualifying record, with a tenth straight win.
Russia qualified for the tournament in France next year with a 2-0 win over Montenegro, securing second spot in Group G, behind Austria.
It is the fourth consecutive time that Russia will be appearing in the European soccer championships, with the goals coming from stalwart defender Oleg Kuzmin and striker Alexander Kokorin in the space of five first-half minutes.
Russia's qualification campaign had appeared to be faltering, but was turned around with the appointment of coach Leonid Slutsky in August. Since then, the national team has won all four of its games.
"We coped with the task in front of us," Slutsky said. "Today's game was fairly difficult because the last match is tricky. You can't let yourself relax for a second."
Group G table toppers Austria completed their unbeaten qualifying campaign, with a straightforward 3-0 win over Liechtenstein.
A first for Slovakia
Slovakia's historic qualification for Euro 2016 - for the first time in its history - was thanks to a 4-2 win at Luxembourg. That secured the team second place in Group C.
Although Slovakia hadn't scored in three games, the goal drought came to an end with three in six minutes - from Marek Hamsik, Adam Nemec and Robert Mak.
Luxembourg tried to peg Slovakia peg, with goals from Mario Mutsch and Lars Gerson, but it was Hamsik who secured victory for the Slovakians with a goal in injury time.
Top of the group Spain finished by grabbing a 1-0 win at Ukraine, who along with Slovenia and Sweden will have to try to qualify through the playoffs.
England through with full marks
In Group E action on Monday night, England made it 10 out of 10 - being the only team to win all of its qualification games in the run up to France. The side beat Lithuania 3-0 in Vilnius, with goals coming from Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as an own goal from keeper Giedrius Arlauskis.
Elsewhere, second-placed Switzerland beat Estonia 1-0, after an own goal from defender Ragnar Klavin.
On Sunday, Germany left it late to ensure it has a berth in France, securing top spot in Group D - but only aftera host of missed chances in its 2-1 victory over Georgia.
rc/jr (AP Reuters)