Swiss-born Croatian international, Ivan Rakitić, helped his German club team, FC Schalke 04, to a triumphant 4-1 win over visiting Stuttgart February 3rd as Bundesliga action started up again after the winter break. He assisted the first 3 goals for Schalke all off of set pieces.
The 19 year-old Rakitić was born in Switzerland and even represented them in U-17, U-19 and U-21 matches. But when Slaven Bilić gave the opportunity for Rakitić to play for the Croatian senior team- he quickly agreed to the open invitation. Both his parents were born in Croatia which is why he is eligible to play for them.
Here’s some footage from the game. Was the lone goal by Stuttgart a beautiful chip or a miserable goalie error? You be the judge.