Croatia defender Dejan Lovren insults Ramos after Nations League win

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'Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy.

He clearly enjoyed getting one over on Ramos in this game, saying on camera in Croatian "elbowed him good", while making an elbowing motion.

Spain battered Croatia 6-0 in their first Nations League encounter in September, but the World Cup finalists exacted revenge by beating their Iberian rivals in a thriller in Zagreb on Thursday night thanks to a late victor from Tin Jedvaj. "Buddy! They are a bunch of p-sies".

Covering the Spain flag stitched into his shirt, he continued: 'Only this side [Croatia] is worthy.

The rivalry between the pair, who faced off in last season's UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, was reignited when Lovren told Copa90 that Ramos' reputation has been saved by Real's strength in attack. Now to beat England and walk out like a boss!'

In a further attempt to taunt the Spain captian and his team mates, Lovren also posted a picture of himself getting the better of Ramos in an aerial challenge during the game, accompanied by the message: "Good morning Croatia".

Ahead of facing Croatia, Ramos said he would not bite back at Lovren during his pre-match press conference - right before taking a thinly veiled dig at him losing both the Champions League final and World Cup final within a matter of months. "But he plays for Real Madrid, when you do a mistake you win 5-1 or 5-2, nobody cares".

Ramos, 32, took the high road in response to those remarks and refused to comment.

"I've said it many times".

He said: 'I'm not going to answer Lovren or whoever wants to win three front pages or start the news bulletin.

The win makes Croatia's upcoming meeting with England all the more crucial as a win at Wembley could see Lovren's team finish top of Group 4 and could also relegate England.

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