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Dejan Lovren might have been in the wrong job all this time.
Despite the Croatian claiming he was one of the best centre backs in the world, most people have been unconvinced by his ability at the back.
On Tuesday night he showed his brilliance in the opposition's box with an absolute worldie against France in the Nations League.
A corner found Lovren inside the box, his touch to bring the ball down was perfection as he bamboozled Lucas Hernandez, and then shot home with his left foot.
*chef's kiss* :ok_hand:
An exquisite touch and finish from Dejan Lovren gives Croatia the lead against France :heart_eyes:
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- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 8, 2020
France weren't playing with their strongest line up for the second game in a week, but with the €80 million Hernandez alongside Barcelona's Clement Lenglet and the highly rated Dayot Upamecano in defence, Lovren can certainly feel good about the quality he scored that worldie against.
:flag_hr: Lovren puts Croatia ahead at the Stade de France :muscle:#NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/RrFtDX3plu
- UEFA Nations League (@EURO2020) September 8, 2020
Unfortunately for Croatia, seeking revenge for the 2018 World Cup final, the lead couldn't last until half time with Antoine Griezmann scoring in the 43rd minute.
The Barca forward had scored not long before half time in Russia two summers ago to make it 2-1 from the penalty spot and his goal on Tuesday was from a similar distance, though not from a set piece.
#Griezmann scores for #France against #Croatia 1-1!:soccer: pic.twitter.com/ohtRxdA5mz
- RainingGoals (@RainingGoals) September 8, 2020
As in the World Cup final it was again 2-1 at the break as Dominik Livakovic scored an own goal in injury time, meaning like the game in Russia the opening half had included a Griezmann goal and an own goal by a Croatian.
By the end of the game the comparisons were even scarier as it finished 4-2 once again and Les Blues had scored a soft penalty given for hand ball, Croatia must have been having horrible deja vu.
The wins puts France level with Portugal at the top of the group, with both sides having won their opening two games in the past week, whilst Croatia sit on zero points with Sweden.