Two days of qualifiers in Europe were played on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, with 16 teams involved in eight matches.
On Wednesday, Switzerland won its fourth-straight match while Portugal improved to 2-0-2 after a 7-1 win.
In a vital Group Five match, Belgium drew 1-1 away against the Netherlands, who played the last 10 minutes with just 10 players on the pitch.
The Netherlands-Belgium draw (both teams are even on 10 points after five matches) allowed Norway to take command of the group standings with a win on Thursday. Norway won its away match 5-0 over Greece and now has 12 points after five matches.
And Ukraine won an away game 1-0 over Turkey while Serbia was victorious by a score of 3-0 on the road over Malta.
From Group Two, both Italy (6-1 over Czech Republic) and Spain (12-0 over FYR Macedonia) won on Thursday.