Chelsea absolutely destroyed Norwich City 7-0 Saturday afternoon. Mateo Kovačić had a huge game with two assists and an impressive 9.1 rating in his 90 minutes on the pitch. Chelsea will remain in 1st place in England through the first nine matches of the season with the win. "Kova was lively in midfield throughout - and provided a lovely assist for the second goal, a … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe VIII: Kovačić Shines For Chelsea, Brekalo Scores Winner For Torino
There was tons of action for Croatians in Champions League this week! Atalanta's Mario Pašalić scored the opener at Old Trafford vs. Manchester United Wednesday night with a sharp tap-in right in front of goal. Atalanta would take a 2-0 lead against the Red Devils, however, Man United would roar back to a 3-2 victory capped off by an 81st minute winning header by Cristiano … [Read more...] about Champions League Week 3: Pašalic Scores At Old Trafford, Modrić With Silky Smooth Assist
Ivan Perišić made Serie A history on Saturday when he opened up the scoring from the penalty spot in Inter Milan's 3-1 loss to Lazio. Perišić is the first Serie A player (since the data was collected) to convert a penalty shot with both feet in a league game, SempreInter reports. His left foot has always been favored but he decided to take this shot with his right. Why? We can … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe VII: Perišić Makes History, Krama With 2 Assists, Lovren A Liability?
Super disappointing that Croatia couldn't beat Slovakia at home. Now, we absolutely must beat Russia in our last game at Poljud next month. I'll write more later. I'm annoyed now. The Vatreni play a pivotal World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Osijek Monday night with only three matches remaining in the campaign. Croatia are currently tied atop the group with Russia … [Read more...] about Croatia Draw Slovakia 2-2 In Osijek, Fall To 2nd Place In Group
There's something much bigger brewing inside the Croatian national football team outside of Luka Modrić blocked penalties and frustrating Andrej Kramarić misses from point blank range. With their 3-0 victory in Cyprus Friday night, the Vatreni posted their sixth straight clean sheet in a qualifying campaign for the first time in history. Croatia only conceded one time thus … [Read more...] about NEW RECORD: Vatreni Post 6th Straight Qualifying Clean Sheet
Croatia got the job done with a strong 2nd half against Cyprus in a 3-0 victory Friday night. The game went perfectly to plan except for the following three gripes I have with those 90 minutes: The Vatreni went 45 minutes without scoring a goal against Cyprus. That can't happen. You need to find a goal inside 30-35 minuets to make the opposing team open up, hit them again, … [Read more...] about Croatia Crush Cyprus 3-0 After Slow Start, Modrić Has Penalty Blocked
The future of the Croatian defense is here, ladies and gentlemen. And another piece of the puzzle will be unveiled this Friday in World Cup qualifying. 21 year-old right-back, Josip Stanišić, is expected to make his Croatian debut on Friday as the Vatreni take on Cyprus at 2:45PM (ET) in World Cup qualifying, Croatia Week reports via Zlatko Dalić press conference. Stanišić … [Read more...] about Croatia vs. Cyprus: Stanišić, Gvardiol To Anchor Defensive Line
All good things must come to an end. CroatianSports.com's HNL writer, Colin O'Hara(vić), is hanging up the boots and having his jersey raised to the 'Digital Dom' rafters. Colin was an original Prva Generacija member of CroatianSoccerReport in 2008 and began writing articles on Dinamo Zagreb and the HNL on a weekly basis in 2012. Colin tallied 347 total articles over the … [Read more...] about Thank You Colin O’ Haravić!
Ivan Perišić assisted on Inter Milan's equalizer against Sassuolo on Saturday as the reigning Italian champions came back to win 2-1. Perišić placed an absolutely perfect 'one bouncer' pass from the sideline to the head of Edin Dzeko. The cross was right on the 6-yard box which made the Sassuolo keeper stay home on the play. Marcelo Brozović played 90 minutes of the match … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe VI: Perišić, Gvardiol With Perfect Assists; Pašalić Scores