Argentina defender considers retirement at 24 after Copa Libertadores blunder

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Jose Luis Gomez, a defender for Lanus and Argentina, is thinking of stepping away from the game after a mistake in the showpiece

Lanus defender Jose Luis Gomez is considering retirement after his mistake in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final led to a Gremio goal.

With the games still scoreless, Gomez attempted to control the ball on the halfway line but was tackled, and Fernandinho subsequently broke to score.

Lanus went on to lose 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate, and Gomez is now thinking of calling time on his career, at the age of just 24.

“I’m thinking of leaving football,” he told TyC Sports, via Ole.

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"I'm hurt, I feel bad. This was a mistake that I did not have to make. I'll think about it, I'm a boy, but this does not have to happen. I feel guilty.

"I did not have a good night, I want to apologise to all the fans of Lanus, fans who deserved to be champions, but because of a mistake of mine the game was opened up.”

Gomez has been capped by Argentina, and previously played for Racing Club.

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