Group stage play comes to a close this week in South Africa, and with it comes one of the most exhilirating weeks in all of sport.
The format of the World Cup's first round is such that many teams can afford to play it safe in their early matches, hoping to avoid a crushing defeat that could make it tough to finish among the top two within the group and advance.
But now the points have added up, and for many teams they equate to a must-win final match or a plane ticket home.
Only the Netherlands and Brazil have assured themselves of a berth in the round of 16. Most other sides need to win, and many need to win big in order to tilt goal differential in their favor.
With these factors in play, and already-eliminated teams taking the pitch with nothing to lose, managers will hold nothing back and viewers should expect goals galore.
Here are the matches which should provide the most excitement this week.