That could have been their fate had they lost their last group game to England, who have been handsomely rewarded for finishing runners-up with - on paper - what appears to be a far-easier route to the final.
One thing that remains constant, amid the goals, the VAR, the penalties, the off-field action, the intrigue, the injuries, the everything, is that Neymar is a diving git and don't we all know it.
Sweden lags as a +370 bet on Saturday's World Cup odds, and are also pegged as distant +2500 longshots on the championships odds.
After a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Portugal side Uruguay will turn their attention to arguably the most impressive team in these 2018 World Cup finals in France.
Among those still standing, Brazil and France represent the early favourites while Sweden and Russian Federation have advanced further than many would have expected, and all will be eyeing a run to the final after the unpredictable way this tournament has unfolded.
Tite's men now face Belgium on Friday, while France will entertain Uruguay on the same day.
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The Vatreni have conceded just one goal in the three games Lovren has started.
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Neymar was slammed by fans after Brazil's first game in the tournament, and he has been the subject of conversations ever since. Neymar's antics in total have added up to 13 minutes and 50 seconds since the tournament began.
All England Club chiefs have adhered to a strict policy of not showing any World Cup matches during the fortnight - and they will not budge even if Gareth Southgate's side win their next two matches.
I think England are starting to believe that maybe this could be their World Cup. Or will it come to an end? In what will be a fierce battle, Brazil will proceed to the semi finals after a penalty shootout.
Steen: Pressure is on both these teams for a different reason.