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'Looked poor': 24-year-old Tottenham player slated for his display in World Cup opening game
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'Looked poor': 24-year-old Tottenham player slated for his display in World Cup opening game

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero has been criticised by TalkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor at the World Cup.

Romero’s Argentina side took the lead in the first half of their clash with Saudi Arabia thanks to a penalty from Lionel Messi.

They had three goals disallowed for offside before the interval and it looked as if they would eventually go on to punish their opponents’ high line.

But that was not to be the case and Romero was caught out for the equaliser which preceded one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history.

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Agbonlahor on Romero

Agbonlahor said of the 24-year-old: “Romero looked poor for their first goal.

“Otamendi looked poor. Looking at their team, Lisandro Martinez at centre-back, Emi Martinez in goal and then Lionel Messi get into the England team.

“I don’t think they’ve got a chance of winning this World Cup.”

Romero had some fitness issues for Spurs before the World Cup and he did not look to be moving freely in the lead-up to that equaliser.

That is not necessarily an excuse but it is something Lionel Scaloni needs to consider as he looks to get his side’s bid for glory back on track.

It has been reported that Romero is set to be dropped for Argentina’s next game, against Mexico but it remains to be seen what Scaloni does next.

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