'This sucks' - Spurs star on slapstick defending which continues to blight Belgium

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham was left frustrated after Belgium's international draw.

Belgium had a big chance to prove their World Cup credentials, and fluffed their lines for the second friendly in succession.

Coming off the heels of their 2-0 home defeat at Colombia at the end of last year, Belgium hosted the Ivory Coast in a match they wanted to win, against a dangerous opponent.

They raced into a 2-0 lead via midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Radja Nainggolan, but capitulated by conceding two goals in the final 25 minutes, scored by the irrepressible Didier Drogba, and Max Gradel in the final minute.

With the defensive frailties which cost them against Colombia coming back to bite them, Spurs man Jan Vertonghen who was playing at left-back made his feelings clear after the game.

The Spurs man stated: "This sucks. We do not play bad, we play football and made a lot of chances, but the 2-2 at the end is still sour.

"We defended too slapstick on two free kicks that we should be sharper. We were lax after the 2-0, and that can not (happen), we must stay alert to the end.

"We also had the opportunity to continue to lead from Christian (Benteke) who missed a great opportunity. We should play better. "

"We allowed the goals against us obviously too easy, but I remember a lot of good. We started preparing for the World Cup, we play for a home crowd. Anyway, there are more important things than winning an exhibition game."

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