Rangers full-back Borna Barisic was back in international action again on Sunday night, as Croatia took on Wales in Cardiff.

Just as in the reverse of this fixture in June, the full-back found himself tasked with trying to keep Gareth Bale quiet.

Barsic on the ball and under pressure from the Wales skipper. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The first time around he succeeded and he did a good job at the second time of asking, despite the Real Madrid superstar getting on the scoresheet.

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Croatia took the lead after just 10 minutes, through ex-Everton winger Nikola Vlasic, and for some time, it looked as though they would secure the three points which would have taken them to the verge of qualification for Euro 2020.

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Yet, while Barisic held his own when marking Bale and even managed to bomb down the flank to offer a threat of his own on occasion, he could do little about the Wales equaliser.

Barisic nips in to snuff out a Bale run. (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rather than playing as a traditional winger, the £85m attacker [BBC Sport] has a license to roam when playing for his country, and it was after moving to a much more central role that grabbed his goal.



Receiving a pass from Ben Davies, he took two immaculate touches before firing past Livakovic. Barisic’s man had scored, but it was the centre-backs from whom he’d escaped.

Things are very much still in Croatia’s hands despite this minor setback, as they sit top of Group E on 14 points.

Therefore, there’s still a good chance the Gers will have a representative at next years Euros.

Impressively, Barisic has played in all seven qualifiers and looks to have made the left-back slot his own, just as he has at Ibrox in recent times.

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