Luka Modrić nearly added to his already legendary story at Real Madrid on Saturday; scoring the game winning goal against Villareal in injury time. Real Madrid won 2-1. If Atletico would have dropped points vs. Valladolid, that goal would have won the La Liga title for Real Madrid. However, Atletico came back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 themselves, to be crowned Spanish champions. Both goalie Ivo Grbić and Šime Vrsaljko remained on the bench in this title-clinching game.
Modrić was ‘Man of the Match’ and received a 7/10 grade even though he was mediocre until the game winner. “Broke into the box, wiggled and shimmied before shooting wide of the near post. Did come up trumps late on though, hitting the top corner accurately, but it wasn’t to be for the former champions.”
Did we just see Andrej Kramarić’s last goal in a Hoffenheim jersey? Krama scored the game winner in injury time Saturday as Hoffenheim defeated Hertha Berlin to finish 11th in the Bundesliga. Kramarić ended the season RED HOT and will be wooed by top clubs in Germany this summer after showing displeasure with Hoffenheim management this season. If he leaves, Krama owns the single-season goal record (20) and all-time goal record (75) at the club.
The Croatian Inter Milan duo of Perišić and Brozović were finally crowned Serie A champions Sunday after a 5-1 victory over Udinese. Perišić scored once as Inter Milan dethrone the Juventus dynasty after a 10-year reign. Inter will be headed back to the Champions League group stage alongside city rivals AC Milan. AC Milan knew they needed a win on the final day of the season to finish top-4 and book a ticket to the Champions League. They did it with a 2-0 win over Atalanta. Rebic and Mandzukic were not on the squad list for this match.
Mateo Kovačić and Chelsea will be sending Tottenham a huge gift basket this week. Chelsea laid an absolute goose egg on Sunday in the last game of the season; knowing a victory would book their ticket to the Champions League next season. However, they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa which opened up the door for Leicester to grab the last spot. But Leicester laid a bigger egg than Chelsea and lost 4-2 to Tottenham. meaning they finish fifth. Chelsea will have CL football next season no matter what happens in the Final Saturday vs. Manchester City. Kovačić had his worst game of the season in the 65 minutes he played: “After his mistake last week in the Leicester game had Chelsea fans hearts in mouths, a repeat never looked far away. Showed plenty of energy and endeavour going forward, but guilty of dallying with possession for too long on countless occasions. Defensively poor.“
21 year-old Domagoj Bradarić did not play in Lille’s title-clinching match on Sunday as Lille defeated Angers 2-1 to dethrone PSG. It is their first French title since 2011. Bradarić started coming off the bench later in the season but this season was a fantastic boost of confidence for the left-back; especially with scoring the late goal against England’s U21 squad to put the Mladi Vatreni in the Euro quarterfinals.