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Reina vows to bounce back after howler

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has vowed to bounce back from his blunder which helped Argentina defeat Spain 4-1 in an international friendly in Buenos Aires on Tuesady evening.

Reina, who was making a rare international start in place of rested captain Iker Casillas, slipped while attempting to deal with a straightforward back pass and was unable to prevent Carlos Tevez from swooping to score Argentina's third goal.

The recently crowned world champions were 3-0 down at half-time and Reina was unable to atone for his error as he was replaced by Barcelona's Victor Valdes in a pre-arranged interval substitution.

But despite his howler in a sobering defeat for Spain, Reina insists he can bounce back and challenge Casillas for the number one jersey.

"In football when a goalkeeper makes a mistake the full weight of the team falls on your shoulders," he explained.

"It was an accident, I prefer a slip to a technical failure. I must accept it, see it as an accident and move forward.

"Now I have to think about making use of whatever minutes the coach gives me."