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Halilovic Becomes Croatia’s Youngest Ever Debutant

16-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilovic became Croatia’s youngest ever debutant when he came on in the 50th minute in Croatia’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in Geneva on Monday night.

Halilovic came on for Ivan Strinic early in the second spell and played wide on the right, where he looked a bit nervous early on. The pint-sized left-footer soon eased into his work and came to close to scoring on debut when he had a shot that shaved the post late in the match.

Portugal’s Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference between the two sides, scoring the games winner in the 36th minute with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box, in an open match that had a host of chances at both ends.

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