Given its timing and its setting, the 2022 World Cup promised to be an edition like no other, and the tournament has so far provided plenty of drama and surprises.
Spain were the latest big name to slide out of the competition, with the Morocco triumphing over La Roja to become just the fourth African team to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Some of the other pre-tournament favourites are, however, in impressive form, setting us up for a thrilling finale in Qatar.
But who are now the favourites to lift the trophy? Having ranked all the contenders throughout the build-up and during the tournament, here's how GOAL sees it now...
(Last updated: December 3 Teams eliminated: United States, Australia, Poland, Senegal, Japan, South Korea, Spain & Switzerland.)