Lionel Messi's sublime goal against Nigeria, with the "thigh of God" control, Brazilian Philippe Coutinho's strike against Switzerland and Luka Modric's devastating drill into the bottom corner in Croatia's 3-0 upset of Argentina.
Sampaoli, though, has another four years to run on his contract, meaning the Argentine Football Association (AFA) would have to pay a reported US$15 million (12.9 million euros) to sack him.
Switzerland, Sweden, Colombia and hosts Russian Federation could not have dreamed of a more realistic route to the big game.
The legend was banned for 15 months during his time at Napoli because of cocaine and was later banned from the 1994 World Cup after testing positive for ephedrine.
According to ESPN, Paul said to TyC Sports: "We know that we are playing against probably the best player in the world".
If Kane scores against Colombia on Tuesday, he will be level with the former Barcelona poacher. Argentina - powered by the man considered to be the best in the world, Lionel Messi, 31 - squeaked their way out of the Group Stage, only to fall at the hands (or in this case, feet) of France's national team.
He is 32 years old and this could be his final World Cup, so he wants to make the most of it.
Sampaoli's record since he was hired in June 2017 makes grim reading given Argentina's usually high standards: seven wins, four draws, and four defeats in 15 matches. In the group stages, 26 goals were scored after the 80th minute, of which 13, 50 percent, have been winners or equalisers. But although both have made it to the final weekend in the past - Ronaldo having finished fourth in 2006, Messi second in 2014 - the last 16 was where their journey ended this time.
Lukaku scored a brace against Panama and then a brace against Tunisia, and he is in great form heading into Belgium's knockout tie against Japan.
Cavani struck again soon after, however, to take his tally up to three for the tournament and to end Ronaldo's hopes of winning a World Cup with Portugal.
Ronaldo was powerless to stop European champions Portugal exiting Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as Edinson Cavani's brace sent Uruguay into the quarter-finals.
"It was the goals, the individual performance of the tournament so far", Balague told the BBC.
In addition to scoring goals, his hard work will inspire his teammates.