Mateo Kovacic was also on the winning side as Croatia defeated Malta 3-0. He played the full game with all the goals coming in the second half, from Ivan Perisic, a penalty by Luka Modric and a late goal from Wolfsburg’s Josip Brekalo. Croatia top their group with two wins from three.
In the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Hakim Ziyech started on the bench for Morocco in what was a dead-rubber home game against Burundi. His side had qualified for the finals and guaranteed top spot of Friday. They won their final group game 1-0 with Ziyech coming on for the final 10 minutes.
At Under-21 level this week, Thierno Ballo came on at half-time in Austria’s win over Poland in a game held in Spain. Both goals came in the first half. This followed on from Ballo’s hat-trick scored on his debut at this level, on Saturday against Saudi Arabia.