Domestic football took a back seat during midweek as nations around the globe honed their preparations for World Cup qualifying with a series of friendly matches.
For some, it was indeed the real thing, with important qualifying points up for grabs.
Plenty of the bigger footballing nations went up against each other with the likes of Germany and Holland, Italy and France and England and Brazil squaring off, though those fixtures don't always necessarily provide the best excitement to watch.
Any of the players deemed capable of representing their nation have the talent in their boots to score the odd cracker or two, and this time around proved no exception.
Here are the five best goals from this week's international action.