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World Cup 2010 - Tevez out, Boateng moves on

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Carlos Tevez's World Cup came to a shuddering conclusion as they were brushed aside by Germany in a stunning 4-0 scoreline to once again knock Argentina out of the tournament.

The game was one of the more anticipated quarter-final ties, and Germany proved their form in the victory over England was no one off as if anything, they were even more incisive and cutting on the counter. After holding a 1-0 lead for over an hour tore Argentina apart with three swiftly executed goals within a five minute spell, exposing a defence that had been questioned heading into the tournament.

Tevez was his useful effervescent self, but try as he - and the Argentinian forward line - might, it was a frustrating afternoon as final balls went awry and final touches betrayed them. Tevez did manage to set up Higuain for a goal, but the effort was correctly ruled offside.

Tevez's loss is Jerome Boateng's gain though. Lining up on the left hand side of the back four, Boateng again displayed his undoubted defensive qualities but it was concerning to see him struggle at times one on one against the man on the right. This could well be a result of being played out of position on the left but the more I have seen of him in the tournament, the more he does seem more suited to a central defensive role. 

Germany now meet (David Silva's) Spain on Wednesday evening in Durban for a place in the final.