After Russia 2018 was shorn of two of its greatest stars on Saturday, Neymar ensured he would not be joining the exodus of headline talent by dragging Brazil through to the quarter-finals two days later.
Before we move on to the quarter-finals - Uruguay vs France, Brazil vs Belgium, Sweden vs England and Russian Federation vs Croatia - let's look back at some of the memorable moments, shocking statistics and hilarious memes from the Round of 16.
Zlatko Dalic's side face tournament hosts Russian Federation in Saturday evening's quarter-final in Sochi, with the Reds centre-back having been a key figure so far. On the other side of the field, England has struggled to create from open play since their second group stage game against Panama, and has conceded one goal in each of its five matches. One of those teams - who have one World Cup title combined - will be playing in the tournament final July 15 in Moscow. I know we have a chance, but I also know that it is very complicated to stop them, not just Neymar.
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Neymar, 26, the current attacking talisman of the iconic Selecao side, has faced major critcism during Russian Federation 2018 - despite being rated as one of the best players at the global showpiece.
The samba boys have not yet hit full strength but with a game of this magnitude and their ability to somehow find goals from somewhere, it will make them hard to beat with Neymar Jr., Coutinho, Jesus and Willian set to lead the front line. Sweden is without a game-changing big name, but England is not.
I already ran through his unbelievable worldwide goalscoring record the last time we took the piss out of him, and he added another last night as Brazil overcame Mexico 2-0 on their way to the quarters.
Shiven: This is definitely the best tie of the quarter finals.