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Arsenal star branded ‘flop of the match’ despite his international side’s easy 3-0 win in Euro qualifier

AN ARSENAL star has been called the “flop of the match” despite being on the winning side of Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Sweden.

Romelu Lukaku hit a hat-trick to give Domenico Tedesco the perfect start as boss of the Red Devils.

Despite a 3-0 victory, one Belgium player came under fire


Despite a 3-0 victory, one Belgium player came under fireCredit: AFP

But the win was not without incident as one of the Belgium players were singled out by Belgian media for an apparently poor performance.

Radio station RTBF reportedly branded Leandro Trossard, who started on the left flank before being subbed in the 61st minute, the “flop of the match”.

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The star was criticised for being “sometimes too low on the pitch, sometimes absent … Trossard experienced a difficult evening.”

They added of the 28-year-old: “He never really got his head above water. The author of dangerous ball loss shortly before half-time, he was substituted after an hour.

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“We can rest assured: the Arsenal player has plenty of qualities, he will no doubt recover quickly. But this evening he will want to forget quickly.”

RTBF were not alone in their criticism with Antwerp-based newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reportedly claiming the Trossard was anonymous.

They said: “Leandro was fairly invisible. Worked hard. But the love-hate relationship with the national team remains for a while.”

Trossard was not involved in any of Lukaku’s goals with Dodi Lukebakio crossing twice for the former Manchester United striker to convert within the first 50 minutes of action.

Lukaku completed his treble after the midfielder was subbed off.

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It is now 71 goals in 105 games for Belgium’s all-time leading scorer and he will be hoping to add to his total when the Red Devils travel to Germany for a friendly on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Trossard will be looking to replicate his electric club form at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Trossard was subbed off after an hour and was criticised for his ineffectiveness in Belgium


Trossard was subbed off after an hour and was criticised for his ineffectiveness in BelgiumCredit: AFP

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