If their respective standards up until this point in the tournament have been anything to go by, the Netherlands' meeting against Argentina on Wednesday promises to be a thriller.
Argentina have produced dramatic late winners against Iran and Switzerland en route to the last four, while the Netherlands' knockout clashes with Mexico and Costa Rica were full of drama.
Each team has to stake a claim for a place in the Rio de Janeiro final, but only one of these football forces will be permitted entry to the Maracana next Sunday.
In advance of the fixture, we've compiled all the essential viewing details and a breakdown of those players shouldering heavy burdens for the matchup ahead.
Date: Wednesday, July 9
Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET
TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN (U.S.)
Players with a Point to Prove
Bruno Martins Indi
The Dutch defence was, and perhaps still is, looked upon as the weakest aspect of Louis van Gaal's squad. However, judging on recent performances, it's an acceptable weakness for the tactical mastermind to negotiate.
A key part in that defensive line-up sits Bruno Martins Indi. He has been an impressive figure throughout this World Cup and reached new heights in the quarter-final win over Costa Rica, per OptaJohan, particularly for a defender:
2 - Bruno Martins Indi completed 86 passes vs Costa Rica (98%), losing the ball only twice in 120 minutes of football. Neat.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 5, 2014
Martins Indi's accuracy at the back ensures the old ideals of total football are upheld by the Dutch. However, WhoScored.com sees one critical weakness in the centre-back:
Argentina will come full of attacking invention, so the Feyenoord star must ensure he maintains form and cohesion with his defensive colleagues, ensuring the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Enzo Perez see as little joy as possible.
Winner of Olympic gold with Argentina back in 2008, Javier Mascherano is looking to add another global title to his belt this summer, having been an important presence for La Albiceleste in recent weeks.
Back in his central-midfield role, Mascherano has set the tone for an Argentina side that has looked after the ball in Brazil, as pointed to by WhoScored.com:
Best pass accuracy at the 2014 World Cup: Italy (89.2%), Germany (86.7%), Ivory Coast (86.7%), Argentina (86.5%), Bosnia-Herzegovina (85.9%)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 8, 2014
Mascherano is all too aware of the stars he must work to restrict on Wednesday, quoted by OptaJohan's Michiel Jongsma in assessing the main Dutch threats he'll come up against:
Mascherano on the Dutch team (esp. Sneijder, Van Persie and Robben):'We won't give them space, they are faster and stronger than us'. (@NOS)— Michiel Jongsma (@JongsmaJongsma) July 7, 2014
Of course, the likes of Messi and Sergio Aguero have a massive responsibility in firing their side to glory, but the truth is Argentina may be at their most lethal when they can force the Dutch to turn over possession. Ball-winning is Mascherano's hunting ground.
Robin van Persie
After lighting up the competition with his efforts in the Netherlands' 5-1 opening demolition of Spain, Robin van Persie has gone off the boil somewhat during the knockout stages.
He's somewhat of an untouchable asset in Van Gaal's starting XI, but that doesn't mean results are guaranteed, and OptaJohan indicates an overzealous strain in his play of late:
10 - Robin van Persie has been caught offside 10 times so far this World Cup, more often than any other player. Eager.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 7, 2014
WhoScored.com backs that incriminating statistic up with a far more positive one, however, but if Van Persie isn't allowed significant time on the ball in which to go about his business, the Dutch risk losing a pivotal platform in their attack:
Robin van Persie: Has better shot accuracy (71.4%) than any other player with 10+ shots in World Cup 2014 #ned— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 6, 2014
Robben and Wesley Sneijder are terrifically talented attackers for the Oranje, but even they need their ammunition to feed from. If Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis have the means to limit that platform, Van Persie risks seeing out another fairly anonymous display.