The flashbulbs will be winking beguilingly at Karim Benzema, Thomas Muller, Neymar, James Rodriguez, Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard, Arjen Robben, and Joel Campbell as they stride out for their World Cup quarter finals.
Yet so often such delicately poised matches hinge upon the contributions of less storied individuals.
Read on for news.bwin.com/en/’s nominated game-changer for each of the last eight deciders.
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France v Germany – Yohan Cabaye to score first @ 18/1
Both games in which Les Bleus failed to score in 2013/14 were played in the former Newcastle man’s absence and his return to the fold against Nigeria saw the take an assured hold on midfield.
Brazil v Colombia – Oscar to score first @ 7/1
Luiz Gustavo’s suspension will put the onus on the other Brazil midfielders to protect their defence from James Rodriguez.
Believe it or not Chelsea’s number ten has averaged more tackles per game than any other player at the tournament and his ball winning guile holds the key to breaking down Colombian forays and initiating the quick counters that can undermine their relatively untested rearguard.
Argentina v Belgium – Ezequiel Lavezzi to score first @ 7/1
Sergio Aguero’s continued presence in the ‘doubtful’ category should give Lavezzi the start and he will be key in restraining the forward runs of Jan Vertonghen who was so adventurous against the Americans from left-back.
Netherlands v Costa Rica – Wesley Sneijder @ to score first 15/2
The Oranje’s tactical fluidity means predicting their starting configuration is hazardous – the same can’t be said for Los Ticos, who will present two centre-field banks of three to their foes.
As a result it’s absolutely vital that ‘the man with no position’ is at his mischievous best in between the lines – he’s got the goalscoring bit between his teeth too, after bagging the equaliser against Mexico.