Euro 2012 has been nothing if not entertaining, with plenty of goals, thrills and spills and assorted controversies from racism to goals not being given that should have been -- with Greece adding the surprise factor.
With the quarter-final line-up now known, the football fan might feel entitled to ask a nagging question: "Will the best team win?"
If this season in general has been anything to go by the answer is likely to be: "Probably not."
International football can be a crabbier affair than its domestic equivalent -- witness the difference in pace between the frenetic English Premier League, even with its foreign stars, and an England team which can verge on the pedestrian.
Yet a parallel is emerging between the international games as witnessed by the European championships and the Champions League, widely seen as the pinnacle of what the game has to offer at any level.
For many observers, Barcelona rank in terms of pure talent as the outstanding club team in Europe, with Bayern Munich not too far behind. But it was Chelsea who denied both to land last season's Champions League against all the odds.
Barca may have had 80 per cent possession and 42 attempts on goal to 11 for their rivals over two games, yet it was the Londoners who advanced to the final.
There, Bayern cruised home in statistical terms – but lost on penalties.
At Euro 2012, there are several indications the "best" team doesn't always win.
England topped Group D after beating Ukraine, yet the hosts enjoyed 62.5 per cent of second-half possession, as well as a "goal" that wasn't given, despite crossing the line.