Fran Karacic will head into the Caltex Socceroos’ pre-FIFA World Cup training camp in a confident mood after helping Lokomotiva Moscow end the season in Croatia with a win.
Karacic again started at right-back for Lokomotiva and set up the opening goal for Lovro Majer in the 2-1 win at the Stadion Kranjceviceva.
Receiving the ball on the right, Karacic played the ball into the path of Majer with a sublime back-heel flick before his teammate did the rest.
Majer then got to the edge of the box before curling a sumptuous effort inside the far post.
While the visitors equalised soon after, Tomislav Valentic won the match for Lokomotiva seven minutes from time to end the campaign in fifth spot.
With the season now over, Karacic will head to Turkey to link up with the 26-man Caltex Socceroos extended squad for their intense pre-FIFA World Cup training camp.
The squad will be trimmed to 23 on June 4 (AEST) ahead of the tournament in Russia.
Elsewhere on Saturday, fellow Aussie defender Aziz Behich was rested for Bursaspor as they ended their domestic campaign with a 1-0 loss at Genclerbirligi.
The defeat means Bursaspor end the season in 13th position.
Behich was one of their best throughout the campaign, making 31 appearances in the league and scoring five goals from left-back.
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