Brazil are two games away from a sixth World Cup title, but more importantly a first on home soil to satisfy their demanding fans.
The Selecao have been aware since it was announced they would host that anything less than victory would not be accepted. As games pass, that pressure only grows.
Thus far in the knockout stages of the competition, Brazil have appeared indifferent. They required penalties to advance past Chile and saw their style heavily criticised in their win over Colombia.
Why, then, should Luiz Felipe Scolari's side still be regarded as major contenders for the title?