It’s been the Luka Modrić/Mario Mandžukić show lately on CroatianSports.com, but when your best two players are winning trophies with arguably Europe’s best two teams, it must be talked about.
On Wednesday, Luka Modrić played the full 90 minutes in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over hated rivals FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Final. Although Modrić had a quiet match in yet another El Clasico installment, he did his job while ex-Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale stole the show. With the game tied 1-1 in the 85th minute, Bale made a 60-yard run with the ball while being bounced out of bounds to finish the match for Real. Barcelona’s Neymar would get a golden chance to send the two teams into extra time but his shot from within the box hit square off the woodwork.
Bale goal @ 2:00
In other Cup news around Europe, Mario Mandžukić played the full 90 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 DFB Pokal semifinal win over Kaiserslautern Wednesday night. The win means that Bayern will face off against Borussia Dortmund May 17th in Berlin. Bayern Munich will be looking for the German double for a second consecutive season after already winning the Bundesliga this year. Mandžukić scored the fourth goal for his side in the 78th minute when he took a pass on the right of the box and slammed it home just inside the left post.
Mandžukić goal @ 0:48