Italy and Holland became the first European teams to book their places at next summer's World Cup finals.
Italy had to come from behind to seal their place with two games to spare after former Lazio frontman Libor Kozak fired Czech Republic ahead after 19 minutes in Turin.
Giorgio Chellini headed the Azzurri level on 52 minutes, when Petr Cech failed to deal with a corner, before Mario Balotelli stroked home the winning penalty moments later.
Robin van Persie sent Holland through to Brazil with a second-half double in a 2-0 win over Andorra.
After Turkey beat Romania 2-0 in Bucharest earlier in the evening, the Dutch knew victory would be enough to confirm their place in the World Cup finals.
Ante Vucemilovic blows his whistle to end the match.
Stefan De Vrij gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Hugo Moreira. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ildefons Lima from the left channel. Shot from 30 yards by Ildefons Lima. Save by Michel Vorm.
The ball is thrown in by Darryl Janmaat and the play continues.
Kevin Strootman takes a inswinger corner to the near post. Clearance made by Moises San Nicolas.
The throw in is taken by Darryl Janmaat.
Stijn Schaars takes a throw in.
Josep Ayala Diaz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Pujol Pons.
Adam Maher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ferran Pol from their own half.
Foul by Cristian Martinez Alejo on Ruben Schaken, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ruben Schaken.