Australian midfielder Steven Lustica made his debut in the second half and Balakov said he made the biggest impact of the substitutes.
Canberra's Steven Lustica came on for Hadjuk Split against the Messi-less Barcelona in front of 35,000 in Split.
Lustica could hardly get a game under Miron Bleiberg - too small and physically lacking or some such label from the Gold Coast manager.
Well Lustica is having the last laugh it seems - a 4 year deal - how many Gold Coast players have that and in the mix for a Champion Croatian team as they prepare to start their season.
As another Canberran making his way in the football world we'll follow Steven Lustica's career with interest - even if you didn't Miron!