About a dozen Argentine fans couldn't get enough of the smell of victory in the Beira-Rio Stadium, dancing and singing in their seats more than an hour after their team beat Nigeria 3-2 on Wednesday.
They had good reason to celebrate.
Once again Lionel Messi had put on a World Cup show with two goals, but this time his whole team -- aside from a couple defensive blunders -- was part of the performance.
In its third straight win, Argentina attacked with more flair than previously and could have scored more goals if it weren't for some good saves by Nigeria's goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama.
Ahmed Musa kept things interesting by twice erasing Argentina's lead, before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner from a corner.
"We played against a team that wanted to play," Messi said. "I think we saw a good Argentina. We need to continue on this path."
Before the match, which saw both teams advance from Group F, Enyeama was the only goalkeeper in the tournament who hadn't conceded a goal. In Porto Alegre, it took just three minutes for Messi to beat him.
The Argentina captain slammed in the rebound after Angel Di Maria's shot bounced off the post.
Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post.
Then just before halftime Messi stunned Enyeama again, with a long-range free kick that rose over the wall then dipped sharply to slip in just inside the post.
"Messi is from Jupiter, he is different," Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said.
Messi had his best match so far, boosting his tournament total to four goals, and repeatedly cutting up Nigeria's defense with dazzling runs and clever passes.
The second half started at the same furious pace as the first, with two goals within the first five minutes. First Musa took advantage of confusion in the Argentine defense to score his second. Then Rojo made it 3-2 as he got his right knee on a corner kick three minutes later.
Switzerland 3, Honduras 0: Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three goals to put Switzerland into the second round with a lopsided victory over Honduras in Manaus. The Swiss, who finished second to France in Group E, will next face Argentina on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez quit after his team went winless in its three matches. Suarez says his contract ended when the team was knocked out, and he has decided against trying to stay on in the post.
France 0, Ecuador 0: France topped Group E despite being held to a scoreless draw by 10-man Ecuador in Rio de Janeiro. Ecuador was reduced to 10 men after Antonio Valencia was shown a straight red card in the 50th minute for digging his studs into the leg of French defender Lucas Digne.
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3, Iran 1: Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran's hopes of advancing to the knockout stages from Group F, and registered its first World Cup win in the process. The Bosnians, who were already out of contention, took a commanding 2-0 lead with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd and Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz announced after the match that he wouldn't be renewing his contract.
Suarez incident: As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.
World Cup organizers scrambled to quickly decide on a punishment before Uruguay plays Colombia on Saturday in the round of 16. "We have to resolve it either today or tomorrow," FIFA disciplinary panel member Martin Hong told reporters Wednesday. "It's our duty to see justice done."
Suarez, who tangled with Italian defender Girogio Chiellini on Tuesday, has a history of disciplinary problems, including bans of seven and 10 matches for biting opponents in the Netherlands and England.