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Nacer Chadli and Axel Witsel commiserate together after Belgium's quarter-final exit to Argentina.
Tottenham's World Cup contingent diminished by three on Saturday after Belgium lost 1-0 to Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately for the sole Spurs starter in the team, Jan Vertonghen, he had an inadvertent role in the eighth minute goal which proved to be the decider.
Angel Di Maria's attempted through ball deflected off the left-back and into Gonzalo Higuain's path. The striker then let fly with a splendid half-volley past the helpless Thibaut Courtois.
There was little Vertonghen could do about it either. It was an unfortunate contribution in a match in which he was one of Belgium's brighter performers.
In defence, he was decent enough as he tracked Higuain and his fellow Argentine attackers on the rare occasions they attacked down his flank. Although on one occasion when he ventured out of his comfort zone, he left an unmarked Enzo Perez able to pass to Lionel Messi who won a free-kick.
Vertonghen's main involvement came pushing into the opposition half..
As against the USA, early on he frequently looked to instigate give-and-go moves, but Argentina nullified these attempts more proficiently. When he stuck closer to his left, in a more supportive role, Vertonghen was able to influence the game more successfully.
Pablo Zabaleta and his team comfortably dealt with lofted balls down the flank for Kevin Mirallas and Kevin De Bruyne from their left-back from here. The space Vertonghen was granted himself, though, allowed him to deliver a number of firm, purposeful crosses.
The first, 16 minutes in, was a beauty that caused Ezequiel Garay to clear for a corner, but which was left unchallenged by Belgian attackers. Prior to the interval Vertonghen was able to find Mirallas at the near-post, only for the Everton man to head wide.
After half-time another superb delivery found Marouane Fellaini, but the midfielder headed over.
As Vertonghen's influence receded, Nacer Chadli was the second Spurs player to enter the fray. He found it just as hard to get on the ball late on, but then on the 88th minute he had a chance to win it.
Fellow substitute Dries Mertens' corner kick landed at Chadli's feet at the back-post. He had time and space, but the ball got caught in between his legs. By the time he had readjusted, the shooting angle had sufficiently worsened and his shot was saved.
Mousa Dembele was again left on the bench for the duration of the match.