After a wholly unwelcome rest day the World Cup gets back under way this evening with the business end now swinging into action.
Today sees hosts and favourites Brazil take on dark horses Chile - with many predicting an upset if Brazil play like they did in the Group Stages.
Of course there has already been the odd shock around the tournament. England and Italy are both out whilst Portugal were also sent packing early. Nigeria's advancement along with Greece was also not generally expected.
But perhaps the biggest surprise has come from Algeria.
The Desert Foxes are through to the second round of the World Cup for the first in their history and rightly so after a narrow defeat to Belgium was followed by a win and a draw against South Korea and Russia respectively.
But in reality we should not be surprised. Talent wise the nation has an abundance of top names with the likes of Rais M'Bolhi, Islam Slimani, Carl Medjani and Sofiane Feghouli in particular impressing. in the past it has been getting all the players to work together which has been the issue - but on this occasion they certainly seem well gelled.
One player who forms the glue that binds this unit is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. He had a great end to the season with Spurs and changed allegiance from France to play for Algeria back in February.
For a team that scraped past Burkina Faso to make it to Brazil it has been a fantastic World Cup so far - and their impassioned fans have also made for good viewing as Algeria prove it is not just the West of Africa that can play the beautiful game.
And Bentaleb has shared his excitement all over Twitter...
Yes we made it! It's all about how hard you want it! A dream has become true #fightingSpirit#TeamDz#Soldiers! pic.twitter.com/KTjFXJBGVp— Nabil Bentaleb (@nabilbentaleb42) June 27, 2014
They face Germany in the second round on Monday.