Danny Murphy has told BBC Sport’s coverage of Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea on Thursday that Tottenham man Rodrigo Bentancur was uncharacteristically poor in possession. Uruguay were expected to beat South Korea.

Bentancur, 25, has starred for Spurs since joining the club. This season, his form has been superb. Forming a superb combo with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle of the park, Bentancur has had a hand in seven goals – scoring five.

Winning his 52nd cap for Uruguay already, the ex-Juve ace came up against Spurs teammate Son Heung-min. But he could not help his side find the elusive goal, with South Korea impressing during the Group H clash at Education City.

In the 68th minute, he tried to loft a ball forward – but he caught it wrong, and it went out of play. Murphy said, on BBC: “Not like him, he’s, good passer of the ball. He has been a bit sloppy on occasions. Needs to keep the ball better.”

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Tottenham man Bentancur uncharacteristically poor in possession today

It was a poor result for Uruguay. Portugal are expected to win the group and having scraped through with a 3-2 win over Ghana, they sit top. But Uruguay are expected to finish in second. However, they have given the others a chance.

Bentancur was below par. But the real issue for Uruguay was Luis Suarez. Now 35, he no longer has the legs to be able to press and run after opponents. He was a bystander – with Darwin Nunez and Fede Valverde the only bright sparks.

Yes, Uruguay hit the bar and the post through Valverde and Diego Godin, but Uruguay need to work out what is their best team and system before it is too late. Especially, with Portugal up next on Monday. Bentancur will hope for better.

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