Slovakia, runners-up in England's group, were the only second-placed team to miss out on the play-offs having amassed the fewest points in the mini-league, which discounted results against countries that finished bottom.
The great man has cut in from the right and shot with his left for the final time in Dutch orange after managing to produce only two of the seven goals needed to overhaul Sweden in Group A and keep the Russia 2018 dream alive for a Netherlands team that had reached the final and semi-final in the last two renewals.
Twenty-three of the 32 finalists have now been decided while the remainder will be settled in November with four European playoffs, two intercontinental playoffs and the final round of African qualifiers, where three groups are still open.
In their last game Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up Tuesday's winner-takes-all showdown.
In Poland's 10 qualifying fixtures, Robert Lewandowski struck on 16 occasions and in turn smashed the standing record.
Their places at the 2018 Russia World Cup were threatened, but eventually both helped their nation to a deciding victory to ensure the top two talents in world football would be present. This will also be the island nation's first ever participation in the World Cup.
Another player who has been a part of Tite's Brazil revolution has been Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, registering four goals and as many assists in his nine Selecao appearances.
Switzerland, which had led Group B since the first round, will have to go through a playoff to try to make it to the tournament in Russia. But the difference was made double in 57th minutes of the game by Andre Silva.
But the French defense was caught napping, allowing Belarus to reduce the gap when the lively Anton Saroka swept past Hugo Lloris a minute before half-time.
There was to be no miracle comeback for the Netherlands, who needed to beat Sweden by seven goals to leapfrog them into second spot in Group A.
Another on the peripheral of his national team, Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio has an incredible pool of talent to compete with.
Earlier in the competition, Chile got an extra two points after protesting that Bolivia fielded an ineligible player - Paraguay-born Nelson Cabrera - during a 0-0 draw in Santiago.
Relationships may be frosty at Liverpool, but Philippe Coutinho's displays will be key to Brazil's success in Russia, along with the aforementioned Neymar and Jesus.
Nigeria is the only nation to confirm its qualification from the continent when it topped its group - comprising Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia - on Saturday.
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