Argentina can stamp themselves as worthy Copa America favourites by recording a comprehensive semi-final success against Paraguay in the early hours of Wednesday UK time.
For all the quality they possess in attack, there have been precious few sparkling performances from the Albiceleste in the two big tournaments this summer and last.
They reached the World Cup Final just under 12 months ago by scrapping their way to a series of narrow victories, either via a piece of magic from one of their star creative players such as Lionel Messi or Angel Di Maria or even a penalty shootout.
It’s threatening to be the same story in Chile where Argentina’s only wins have been by 1-0 margins, against Uruguay and Jamaica, while they were held 2-2 in their opener by last-four opponents Paraguay and then edged through on penalties at the expense of Colombia in the quarter-finals.
Coach Gerardo Martino has a glittering array of options to choose from up front but even though he tried Messi, Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Javier Pastore, Carlos Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi in different combinations against Colombia, they could still only draw 0-0.
Whether they are suffering the effects of a long season is debatable, but it’s the same for both teams and it could be argued that finding the right blend among the players available has been difficult for both Martino and his predecessor Alejandro Sabella.
But perhaps this is the match when they will click, against a Paraguay side who repeated their trick of four years ago by knocking out Brazil on penalties in the quarter-finals.
In 2011, Paraguay finished runners-up without scoring a goal in any of their three matches in the knockout phase and have already gone one better by drawing 1-1 with Brazil.
However, Argentina will be a much tougher nut to crack than Venezuela whom they beat to reach the final in the last Copa America.
There ought to be a significant gulf in class between these two protagonists and it could be that this time, Paraguay’s day in the sun has come and gone with their success against Brazil.
It will be disappointing if Argentina do not hit the heights they are capable of at any stage in this tournament and they are given a chance to reach the showdown with something to spare.