Vermaelen and co given a worse savaging than Falcao - by their own boss

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Arsenal and Tottenham star part of a back line torn to shreds verbally by their own manager.

Belgium took on Colombia last night in a clash of the World Cup dark horses for next summer, and were humbled 2-0 on home soil.

It was not the result the Red Devils wanted, although given that they struck the woodwork twice the scoreline could easily have taken on a different shape.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen had dubbed the clash the ultimate test, to pit his skills against one of the world's most renowned strikers, Radamel Falcao.

At half-time it was all going well, he looked comfortable as did the whole backline but in the second half it was a whole different matter.

Colombia won 2-0, with Falcao netting the opener, with hesitant Belgian defending at fault for both goals.

The backline of Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, and Vertonghen were ripped into after the game by their own boss Marc Wilmots, who gave them a verbal battering worse than the second half troubles handed out by Falcao and co.

He said: "The first goal we gave away ourselves, they did not create it. There we were simply bad.

"It can not be that good that a player cuts straight through the centre of defense. Even though it was Falcao. That was a gift. That should not happen at this level."

So much for Vermaelen's big test. There is no shame in falling short against a player like Falcao, but when your own coach rips into the whole defensive unit like that, there is no mistaking that there was some serious under-performance.

The only Belgian defender to emerge with credit? Vincent Kompany, by virtue of not playing. The Red Devils will be desperate to have him fit for next summer in Brazil.

Check out Falcao's opener and see the defensive mix-up:

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