Part of the beauty of the World Cup is never knowing exactly what matches are likely to produce the most entertainment, especially when dealing with relatively unknown quantities like Ecuador and Honduras.
However, those diehards who have committed to watching every minute of World Cup action were rewarded with a thoroughly entertaining scrap between the two Americas sides, with Ecuador eventually coming out on top 2-1.
As well as the rampant desire to keep tabs on the race for second-place in Group E, Newcastle United supporters had an extra incentive to stay up late to watch the game.
Ecuador forward Enner Valencia has been linked with a summer move to the Magpies over the past week, and his performances at the World Cup will only have served to increase any interest in the 25-year-old.
The forward, who plays for Mexican side Pachuca, has netted three times for Ecuador already, bagging two as his side came from behind to beat Honduras.
Valencia has now scored seven times in his past six international appearances, including the opener in Ecuador’s pre-tournament 2-2 friendly draw with England.
His international heroics come on the back of a fine domestic campaign where Valencia was the top scorer in the Liga MX Clausura, netting 12 times in the regular season.
The striker continued his excellent form in the play-offs of that competition, netting six times to take Pachuca to the final, where they lost to Leon.
In total Valencia has bagged 18 goals in just 23 appearances for Pachuca, who must fear that they will lose the 25-year-old after his performances at the World Cup.
Newcastle are on the lookout for a new forward to replace Loic Remy this summer, with the QPR striker more likely to move to one of Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur than return to the Magpies.
Like Remy, Valencia can play either through the centre or on the flanks of a three-man attack and he could prove a savvy replacement for the Frenchman.
Despite a shocking slump in the second half of last season, Newcastle finished 10th in last year’s Premier League and the Magpies are 8/5 to claim a top half finish again in 2014/15.