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Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren sent a message to Andy Robertson after the two went head-to-head in Tuesday night’s Euro 2020 clash at Hampden Park.
Lovren was instrumental in the Croatia defence as his nation secured a 3-1 win over Scotland to book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
The result was enough for the Croats to finish in second spot in the group ahead of Czech Republic, while Scotland were eliminated after picking up just one point in three games.
Steve Clarke’s side played admirably in their draw against England on Friday but that result was sandwiched between two disappointing two-goal defeats at home to Czech Republic and Croatia respectively.
Scotland were eliminated from Euro 2020 following a loss against Croatia in Group D
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Despite Callum McGregor’s fine strike just before the break and a spirited performance from the hosts, Croatia had too much quality and ran out 3-1 victors.
The match also saw Lovren and Robertson square off against each other, with the two having played side-by-side in Liverpool ’s defence for three years between 2017 and 2020.
The Scotland captain joined the Reds from Hull City in 2017 and has been an ever-present in the team since, with Lovren leaving the club last year to join Zenit Saint Petersburg.
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The Croatian defender took to Twitter to post a photo of the pair together after the game and wrote: “Between 90min there is nothing to say, everyone is giving their best for his team.
“Anyway, after that we are just old friends and it was nice to see this man again.
“Your team and your country should be proud, no matter what. Brilliant atmosphere! Well done.”
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Meanwhile, Robertson said in the aftermath of his nation’s elimination: “We’re one of the newbies to this, it’s been a long time coming and all of us will gain experience.
“We are a squad with a lot of potential and it’s important we build on this. We are a good team on our day. We can’t go another 23 years.”
Scotland boss Clarke added: “We wanted to stay in as long as we could. Disappointed we haven’t managed to get out of the group stage.
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“You have to give me tonight to get over that and then a few days we will all sit down and take stock and look at our performances.
“I will look at my performance and the performance of the players and we will look at what we can do better in the future. And we’ll make sure it’s not 23 years before we go to the next tournament.
“I’m disappointed the tournament has ended early for us but we have a lot to be happy about. The way we got there after 23 years gives us a lot to be happy about as well as the way we approached the tournament.
“We tried to compete and play as well as we could. But unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough to get out of the group stage and into the knockout round.”