Inter and Milan faced each other On Saturday night. After a boring first half the ‘Derby della Madonnina’ took off in the second half to end with a spectacular 2-2. Ivan Perišić was a starter under the new Manager Pioli. The former Wolsfburg star played a good first half though missed a couple of chances in the box. His first try was too weak then a comfortable header was aimed far too wide. Perišić continued his work in the second half and found a deserved equalizer in the last minute.
Ivan Perišić goal
Marcelo Brozović featured in the starting line up and went the distance too. The Croatian international helped the team command the game play in the first half with his continuous presence but hardly ever posed a threat and ended up giving away too many balls.
Mario Pašalić derby’s debut was unfortunate. With the score set on 2-1 The former Monaco midfielder came on in the 88th minute and was unable to help his team maintain the lead. He also had a chance during injury time but his conclusion was rather forgettable.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport Rating: Ivan Perišić: 6,5 “A serious candidate for the worst man of the match as he squandered two golden chances. Eventually redeems himself with the equalizer.” Marcelo Brozović: 6 “Plays a delicate role in the middle. Links the play well with some errors and needs to improve his defending.” Mario Pašalić: No grade.
Juventus beat Pescara 3-0 on Saturday to sit 7 points clear of second place. Mario Mandžukić played 84 minutes. The former Atletico star could not have capitalized any better on his chances. He first assisted Khedira on the 1-0 goal, then leaves his personal mark in the second half, his goal worth the 2-0. Marko Pjaca missed the match due to an injury.
Mario Mandžukić goal
La Gazzetta Dello Sport Rating: Mario Mandžukić: 7 “MOTM An assist, a goal and precious work for the team. Tries to assist Higuin as well but couldn’t mange. His plays help widening the opponents’ defense.”
Napoli beat Udinese 2-1 in the stadio Friuli on Saturday. Marko Rog and Ivan Strinić both looked on from the bench. Stipe Perica came on in the 54 minute with the team down 1-0. After two minutes Napoli scored the 2-0 that could have closed the match. The former Zadar striker did not give up and immediately netted his third seasonal goal with a header that gave Udinese hope for the remainder of the match.
La visione di gioco di Stipe Perica è sicuramente una delle note più positive di questa prima parte di stagione.. pic.twitter.com/Ae9kYVq6Gk
— Calciatori Ignoranti (@CI_OfficialPage) November 17, 2016
Stipe Perica was caught checking out the backside of a reporter before the game
Stipe Perica goal
La Gazzetta Dello Sport Rating: Stipe Perica 6,5 “Comes in and scores with a great jump. The giant could not do anything against his header. Third mark of the season. Gold for a substitute.”
Fiorentina got rid of Empoli easily on Sunday afternoon with 4-0 being the final score. Hrvoje Milić, Milan Badelj and Nikola Kalinić all started and went the distance. Hrvoje had a stuttering first half then improved as time passed by. Milan played a good match far from the home ground. The former Dinamo star dictated the match tempo for La viola in the first half and won the penalty that was worth the 2-0. Finally a full positive performance. Nikola did not leave his mark on the scoresheet but was a pivotal point up front. The former Dnipro star did not have clear chances but participated in the first goal.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport Rating: Hrvoje Milić 6 “Not much quality but a lot of quantity. Milan Badelj: 7 “His playmaking his fundamental. Rejuvenated. Nikola Kalinić 7 “An important display, only missing a goal.
Palermo lost in Bologna 3-1 after being ahead in the first half. Josip Posavec started well with a super save on Krejici. The team surrendered and he was at fault on the last goal of the match which left a bad mark on what had been an overall sufficient performance until then. La Gazzetta Dello Sport Rating: Josip Posavec 6 “Saves on Krejici, could have done better on Viviani. Sampdoria got 3 points on a breathtaking 3-2 against Sassuolo. Ante Budimir featured as an unused substitute.
Photo: Luka Modrić Facebook
Real Madrid came out firing against city rivals Atletico following the international break on Saturday. With Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić playing side by side in the Real Madrid midfield for the entire match, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick in a 3-0 win. Atletico had their chances with seven shots on goal but were no match for Real Madrid. Neither Croatian assisted on any goal but it’s great to finally see the two play an entire game together for Croatia’s sake. With the win, Real Madrid jump four points clear of Barcelona for the La Liga lead. Atletico’s Šime Vrsalkjo rode the bench for this match as his side now sit nine points back of Real Madrid. Barcelona could not capitalize on two Malaga red cards as the clubs ended in a scoreless draw. Ivan Rakitić made a brief 15 minute cameo, coming into the game in the 77th minute.
Dejan Lovren was given a ‘7’ rating from ThisIsAnfield.com as he was “booed throughout by his former fans, but on the whole, he dealt well with the abuse and kept his cool – unlike last season in this game. Some stray passes in the first-half suggested he was a little rattled, but this was a mature performance that we didn’t see in his early days at Anfield. His confidence seemed to grow as the game progressed. The match ended in a 0-0 draw with Southampton not getting one shot on goal. Liverpool controlled ball possession for 65% of the game but couldn’t find a goal. Liverpool are now tied with Manchester City on 27 points.
Andrej Kramaric played the first 78 minutes for Hoffenheim as they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against winless Hamburg. While on the pitch Kramaric fired away 6 shots, landing one on goal. Alan Halilovic was not in the squad for Hamburg. Hoffenheim. After 11 matches played, Hoffenheim are in a 5-way tie for 3rd in the Bundesliga, while Hamburg are last with just 3 points.
Ante Rebic played the final five minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 2-1 away win at Werder Bremen. Rebic was not involved in any goals, but was on the pitch for Frankfurt’s stoppage time winner. Rebic was in the press this week discussing his desire to make his loan to Frankfurt a permanent move. Frankfurt are in a 5-way tie for third in the Bundesliga with 21 points.
Tin Jedvaj was not in the squad for Bayer Leverkusen as they fell 3-2 to Bundesliga leaders RB Leizpig on Friday. Leverkusen are 9th in the Bundesliga after 11 matches.
Danijel Subasic was in net as AS Monaco as they dismantled last-placed Lorient in a 3-0 road win on Saturday. Subasic made three solid saves as Lorient spent most of the game on the back foot. Monaco remain in a tie for 2nd with PSG, three points behind Ligue 1 leaders Nice.
Save: 0:45, 2:30
Vedran Corluka played the full match at the back for Lokomotiv Moscow in a 1-1 tie at Gazovik Orenburg on Saturday. Lokomotiv are a disappointing 11th in the Russian Premier League after 14 matches.
Domagoj Vida started for Dynamo Kyiv in a 2-1 win over Stal Dniprodzerzyhsk on Saturday. Vida picked up a yellow card in the 33rd minute. Kyiv remain 8 points behind leaders Shakhtar with 15 games played in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Bayer Leverkusen at CSKA Moskva(Champions League), Tottenham Hotspur at Monaco(Champions League), Real Madrid at Sporting CP(Champions League), Olympique Lyonnais at Dinamo Zagreb(Champions League), Juventus at Sevilla(Champions League),
Dynamo Kyiv at Napoli(Champions League), Barcelona at Celtic(Champions League), PSV at Atlético Madrid(Champions League),
Internazionale at Hapoel Be’er Sheva(Europa League), PAOK at Fiorentina(Europa League),
Sunderland at Liverpool, Marseille at Monaco, Hoffenheim at Borussia M’gla, Werder Bremen at Hamburger SV, Borussia Dortmund at Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen at Bayern München, Sporting Gijón at Real Madrid, Ural at Lokomotiv Moskva, Dynamo Kyiv at Volyn
Lazio at Palermo, Udinese at Cagliari, Juventus at Genoa, Atlético Madrid at Osasuna, Barcelona at Real Sociedad,
Fiorentina at Inter Milan,
~Ante Kvartuč reporting from sunny Southern California, Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN and Salvatore Cagnazzi reporting from Italy