And that, my friends, is what World Cup football is all about.
It looked for all intents and purposes as if Argentina were on their way home, but a late, late Marcos Rojo volley saw the Albiceleste overcome Nigeria 2-1 in a breathless encounter in St Petersburg.
That game has produced two new entrants to our Team of the Tournament so far: the exceptional Éver Banega and, of course, Lionel Messi.
GK: Guillermo Ochoa – Made nine saves against Germany and was solid against South Korea. The man just loves the World Cup!
CB: Pepe – Another impressive performance topped off with some brave last ditch interceptions. Never know what you might get with the 35-year-old, but he was excellent against Iran.
Diego Godín – simply the best defender at the World Cup so far.
A true leader, who dominates attackers not particularly with power or pace but with his incredible pure defensive abilities. pic.twitter.com/iRy7jpRHWX
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) June 25, 2018
CB: Diego Godín – Absolutely monstrous from first minute to last against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and flawless once again in the game against Russia.
CB: Manuel Akanji – Takes Moreno’s place after two super assured showings. Won all seven of his duels against Brazil and was imperious against Serbia.
🇺🇾 Lucas Torreira (22) vs Russia:
4 fouls won
2 aerials won
90 minutes of solid work. pic.twitter.com/PEHaqqbTPv
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) June 25, 2018
RM: Éver Banega – Playing slightly out of position here, but we had to get him in somehow. Banega was sensational in Argentina’s win over Nigeria and has to be undroppable going forward.
CM: Luka Modrić – What. A. Goal. The Croatia midfielder was sumptuous against Argentina and completely ran the game against the South Americans.
CM: Lucas Torreira – Impressed on his first competitive start for Uruguay. Seemed to be everywhere on the pitch – especially in the first half – and kept the ball ticking over nicely.
LM: Hirving Lozano – A sublime winner against Germany, a composed assist against South Korea. Brilliant defensive work too and he’s one of the breakout stars of the tournament.
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018
LF: Isco – The definition of silk. So good on the ball, so graceful in his movement, clinical when it matters. 10 goals in his last 15 appearances for La Roja.
ST: Harry Kane – Five goals in two games for the England striker – he’s very much brought his Premier League form into this World Cup and entered the history books in the process.