No European side heading to the World Cup were unaware that a team from their continent had never triumphed on South American soil, and that fact played a large part in the early betting for the competition, which put Brazil and Argentina as favourites.
However, it is not only that illustrious duo who have enjoyed a boost from playing in Brazil, but every side from any part of the Americas.
Teams from South, Central and North America currently boast an 11-2 record against sides from the rest of the world, with Honduras and Ecuador the only two to lose, to France and Switzerland respectively.
Surprise packages Costa Rica not only stunned fellowed Americas side Uruguay, but also recorded a 1-0 win over Italy to book a place in the last 16.
Elsewhere Chile might have been expected to beat Australia, but few thought their 2-0 win over World Champions Spain was on the cards, even after La Furia Roja’s 5-1 loss to the Netherlands.
The USA are the next to test the Americas’ record, with a tricky tie against Portugal coming up for the Stars and Stripes after they started the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ghana.
USA are 18/5 to beat Portugal, who are in desperate need of a win after losing 4-0 to Germany in their first match.
That kind of generous price has been typical of the odds available on Americas minnows when taking on Europe’s elite, but as Costa Rica and Chile have shown, there’s money to be made in backing the side better acquainted with Brazil’s challenging conditions.
Another factor in their favour as been the fervour of their support, with Colombia and Chile both bringing huge amounts of raucous fans to each of their fixtures.
Ten Americas side qualified for the World Cup, and all ten still have some chance of making the knockout stage, although for Honduras that chance is a very small one after their loss to Ecuador.
With as many as half of the last 16 set to be from the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL federations, it is risky to bet against one of them claiming the trophy.