Borna Barisic was one of a handful of Gers in either senior or youth international action on Thursday evening.
The in-form 26-year-old started for Croatia in a crunch Euro 2020 Group E qualifier against Hungary.
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Heading into the game, the 2018 World Cup finalists had ten points, to their opponent’s nine, and lost the away version of this tie on Matchday Two way back in March.
There would be no problems on home turf, though, with Croatia securing a comfortable win.
Rangers asset Barisic contributes to Croatia win
Skipper, Luka Modric, opened the scoring after five minutes before a Bruno Petkovic brace had the hosts 3-0 up before half-time.
Hungary then had a man sent off after 56 minutes, thus ending any outside chance of a comeback.
There were to be no assists for Barisic this time around, but he did play the full 90 minutes and played his part in keeping a clean sheet.
The three points ensure Croatia sit on top of Group E after six matches with 13 points, ahead of Slovakia (10pts) and Hungary (9pts) [Sky Sports].
Therefore, if Barisic and co. can win in Wales on Sunday night, they will be at the very least on the brink of qualification.
For example, should Croatia win and Hungary lose to Azerbaijan, their spot would be secure with two games to spare. If Hungary draw, Croatia win, Barisic’s side will need just a point from their final two matches.