And then there were four: Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands and hosts Brazil have all qualified for the World Cup semi-finals.
Now we want to know which of the final four you most want to see win the tournament.
You might not think it’s the team that will win it, but whether it comes down to style of play, individual players, performances so far or just the colour of their kit, let us know which team you would be happiest seeing lift football’s most coveted trophy.
Brazil edged Colombia 2-1 in a physical, feisty encounter in Fortaleza, but will have it all to do against Germany with both the injured Neymar and suspended Thiago Silva missing.
Germany enjoyed a professional 1-0 win over France to get this far, while the Netherlands were taken all the way by underdogs Costa Rica, ultimately making the final four via a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.
Meanwhile, Argentina booked a showdown against the Dutch with a 1-0 win over Belgium in Brasilia.
Let us know who you desperately want to win football’s big prize in the poll below.