Luka Modrić and Real Madrid are all but through to the Champions League semifinals after their 3-0 win over last year’s finalists, Borussia Dortmund. Real were expected to come out hot, with revenge on their minds after Borussia Dortmund bounced Real Madrid out of the competition last year in the semifinal round. But Los Blancos made quick work of the German side Wednesday night at the Bernabeu as Gareth Bale and Isco scored in the 3rd and 27th minute, respectively, with Luka Modrić stealing the ball and passing it to Ronaldo in the 57th minute for the game’s final strike.
Modrić was rested at the weekend but has completely settled into this Real Madrid side under Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti. With Modrić, Mandžukić and Rakitić firing on all cylinders at the moment, we could be witnessing some Croatian magic this summer in Brazil.
Modrić steal, assist @2:39
On Tuesday, Mario Mandžukić came off the bench for Bayern Munich in the 63rd minute as they trailed Manchester United 1-0 in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg. And it only took Mandza four minutes to make an impact as he perfectly headed down a pass to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the box, who put the ball right under the crossbar and into the back of the net to equalize. The match would end that way. Mandza received a yellow card in the 82nd minute for catching Serb Nemanja Vidić on the chin with his elbow. Mandžukić has been on fire for Bayern all season; receiving service in the box from all sides of the field.
Manager Pep Guardiola will surely start Super Mario next Wednesday in Germany as Manchester United must score to ensure their survival. A two or three goal performance by Munich will surely see the Red Devils leave Allianz Arena hanging their heads.
Mandžukić assist to Schweinsteiger