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Who is winning the punditry battle during the World Cup? BBC or ITV?

BBC boast the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer, while Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Patrice Evra have been appearing regularly on ITV.

We think ITV might just be edging it.

However, ITV have already been involved in controversy during the tournament.

After female pundit Eni Aluko made an excellent point ahead of Costa Rica vs Serbia, Evra patronisingly applauded her and said “very good”.

He was clearly impressed with Aluko’s knowledge but his reaction was deemed sexist.

And it seems ITV gave him a talking to about it.

That’s because, during analysis of Germany’s dramatic 2-1 victory against Sweden, Evra revealed that he was no longer allowed to clap.

Keane was analysing Jerome Boateng's red card and joked “They spoke about him [Boateng] having 650 pairs of shoes, so he can’t be right upstairs.”

Fellow pundits Neville, Evra and Henrik Larsson were in hysterics and Evra started applauding Keane’s joke.

But he soon realised his mistake and said: “Oh sorry, no clap. They say no clap anymore.”

Evra looked around for Larsson’s reaction to his little joke but he was totally ignored - and rightly so.

The match that Evra and co. were analysing last night proved to be one of the most dramatic games of the competition so far.

World champions Germany were staring at an early elimination as they trailed Sweden 1-0 at half-time after Ola Toivonen’s lovely finish.

But Marco Reus’ strike shortly after the break gave Germany hope.

And despite Boateng’s second yellow card in the space of 11 minutes - receiving his marching orders in the 82nd-minute - Toni Kroos won the match in the 95th-minute with a beautiful curled goal.

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The match was so enthralling that it prompted Evra to coin his famous catchphrase at the end of the show.

“I love this game!”

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