Old rivalries will be renewed when Brazil host Argentina in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
Here, we take a look at five talking points ahead of the contest between two of the world’s best international football teams.
Marcelo, Paulinho, Fernandinho and Dani Alves all endured that semi-final humiliation and are likely to be back playing at the Mineirao this week, where victory over Argentina might go some way to laying to rest the ghosts of 2014.
There are still eight games remaining and the gap is small. Argentina are level on points with Chile in fifth and only one behind Ecuador and Colombia. But they need to start winning, and fast.
Argentina have struggled without their key striker, losing at home to Paraguay last time out after drawing away to Venezuela and Peru. Argentina’s last win came against Uruguay in September, and it was Messi who scored the winner.
Neymar is still Brazil’s most dangerous attacker, but Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are both enjoying greater prominence as well. There are signs Brazil are coming back to life.
They have each overseen four matches in charge, but while Tite boasts a perfect record so far, Bauza has won only once. His and Argentina’s fate could depend on their next three matches, with difficult games against Brazil, Colombia and Chile all to come.