Antonio Čolak scored two solid goals for Rangers on Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Dundee United. Once again, how the hell did Zlatko Dalić not call up Čolak for September Nations League matches against Denmark and Austria? He’s Croatia’s most in-form striker and single handedly helped Rangers get to Champions League. I’m not saying you have to start the guy, but at least let him apply pressure to the rest of the strike force. The win temporarily moves Rangers two points behind Celtic for the Scottish lead.
Kristijan Jakić and Eintracht Frankfurt handled Borna Sosa’s Stuttgart side in a 3-1 victory Saturday. Sosa supplied the assist on Stuttgart’s lone goal while Jakić added an insurance goal via header (corner kick) in the 88th minute. Both Croatians played the full 90 minutes in the match as last year’s Europa League winners, Eintracht Frankfurt, now temporarily sit (as of Saturday evening) four points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. Stuttgart only have five points from the first seven matches of the season.
Ivan Perišić assisted on Spurs’ second goal Saturday from a corner in a 6-2 win over Leicester City. From Tottenham’s Twitter: “A perfect corner from Perišić finds the near-post run of Eric and he glances home to give us the advantage!”
Perišić was given a 7/10 from Football London as he was “On the right and dived in poorly in the build-up to Leicester’s penalty. However, he made up for it quickly with strong raids down the right and then another assist to his name with a curling corner for Dier to head home. Switched to the left before coming off before the hour mark. Grabbed that assist and put in the cross for Sanchez’s header, which was tipped onto the crossbar but also had some iffy moments defensively.”
Luka Sučić earned a 1st minute assist on Sunday when he blasted a perfect 50-yard pass down field to put teammate, Benjamin Sesko, on a break away. Sesko would convert to put Red Bull Salzburg up 1-0 before the seats had a chance to get warm in the stadium. With the match tied 1-1 in the 30th minute, 19 year-old Roko Šimić looked to have scored the game winner but VAR took it away for being offside. It was close but the match would end 1-1. It would have been Šimić’s first goal for Reb Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Shame.
Luka Modrić played 82 minutes Sunday as Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico 2-1 in La Liga action. Modrić received a 7/10 grade as “His killer pass made the second goal possible.” He captained Los Blancos with Benzema out with an injury.