Barça midfielder Ivan Rakitić poses with the rest of Croatia's starters before the match. / FIFA.COM

Ivan Rakitić and Croatia continue to lead their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2016, winning 5-1 over Norway on Saturday in a game that saw the Barça midfielder play the first 76 minutes until being replaced by Gordon Schildenfeld when it was still just a 3–0 match.

The rout by Croatia began with a Brozović goal a half hour into the game. All of the other goals came in the second half. Croatia’s second score came off a nice combination play between Ivan Perišić and Rakitić. Ivica Olić, Schildenfeld and Danijel Pranjić scored Croatia’s final three goals. The big win came despite the expulsion of Corluka. They only conceded a single goal to Tettey. Alen Halilović, the Barça B youngster, did not play.

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