Scotland and Liverpool star Andy Robertson felt his hamstring go – but that pain was washed away by the joy of success.
The national team have progressed to Euro 2020, Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998. Liverpool man Robertson adds leading the team to this landmark to his already impressive CV.
On there, he has a Champions League win, Premier League medal and now tournament football with his country as captain. Two of the games next summer will be at Hampden, another at Wembley, adding to the achievement’s sweet nature.
Robertson played 120 minutes as Scotland battled in a grueling 1-1 draw with Serbia, eventually winning 5-4 on penalties. The Liverpool left-back was not up for spot kick duty after a muscle strain.
Visibly emotional after the match, the Scots captain is reveling in what Steve Clarke’s men have achieved and explained why he couldn’t hit a penalty.
“I think I was next (to hit a penalty), but my hamstring seized,” Robertson said (Sky Sports). “When it goes to penalties you always back Marshy [David Marshall].
“We’ve come so far as a squad and I’m proud of everyone. They’ve been through a lot – lot of criticism, a lot of negativity. Really hope everyone back home can see the positive side of this.
“In the 90 minutes. It’s come down to one of the best away performances I’ve been involved in. It shows you the strength we’ve got to come back from that, we stuck together throughout.
“I can’t wait for summer. It’s the most emotional I’ve been after the game.”