For the first time in 24 years, Argentina find themselves among the best four teams in the world. A clash against the Netherlands in Sao Paulo is their reward, after taking down the Oranje's neighbours Belgium 1-0 to book their place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Confidence is high in the Argentina camp, although the possible absence of Angel Di Maria is a blow to their chances. But in four previous visits to the tournament's penultimate round, in 1930, 1978 (where the format was a double group stage), 1986 and 1990, the nation has never failed to progress to the final.
History is not the only thing the Albiceleste have on their side as they await the challenge of Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and the rest of the Netherlands' stellar team. The South Americans have plenty of reasons to believe their winning streak can continue long enough to put them in the World Cup's showpiece fixture.