Antonio Čolak scored his 11th goal in 13 Scottish Premier League matches this season as Rangers defeated Aberdeen 4-1. Čolak angled in a shot from the middle of the box just inside the left post with a defender on him. He’s still Croatia’s hottest striker this season but will Dalić call him to be on the World Cup squad? I think it’s a no brainer but is it too late since Čolak was not called to participate in Nations League matches in September?
We are now three weeks away from the start of the World Cup with no clear #9. Andrej Kramarić started on the bench for Hoffenheim vs. Koln Sunday.
Ivan Perišić assisted on Tottenham’s equalizer Saturday (off a corner) in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Bournemouth. Spurs were down 2-0 and rattled off three unanswered goals starting in the 57′ to capture all three points. Perišić sent in a cross that was headed home by Ben Davies for the equalizer. It is Ivan’s fourth assist in the Premiership this season. He is still looking for his first goal in England.
Borna Sosa was MOTM (FotMob) as he assisted in Stuttgart’s 2-1 injury time win over Augsburg Saturday. Sosa sent an absolutely perfect cross to teammate, Sehrou Guirassey, who headed home to make it 1-1. Only he could have played the ball as Sosa sent a long-range sniper cross from outside the box. If the Vatreni can get this kind of service from Sosa/Perišić consistently in the box during the World Cup, goals are coming with or without a point man.
Luka Modrić returned from a minor knock Sunday as Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw with Girona. Modrić was given a 8-rating as he “had a productive game in midfield and was also shown a yellow card for a foul. He passed the ball with 92% accuracy, including five key passes and three long balls. He won two of his six duels and made one tackle.”
Petar Musa scored a late goal off the bench as Benfica thumped Chaves 5-0. Musa has not cemented himself in the Benfica starting XI but now has two goals and an assist in eight appearances this season.
Mario Pašalić and Lovro Majer were also credited with assists on Sunday as both Atalanta and Rennes won, respectively.