21 year-old former Istra and Osijek striker, Dion Drena Beljo, scored his first Bundesliga goal for Augsburg on Saturday…and boy was it a pretty one! In the 6th minute of the match, Augsburg defender Robert Gumny sent a high, looping clearance into the Werder Bremen half. Beljo would bring it down and turn on the jets. He made a run towards goal with two Bremen players muscling for position. With a man closing in fast, Beljo would shoot from a slide tackle and find the far corner of the net for the goal. It’s amazing how much power he got on this shot while falling down. Beljo has officially opened up his Bundesliga account. Augsburg would win 2-1 and now find themselves comfortably eight points free of the relegation zone.
Luka Modrić had to sit out Real Madrid’s lackluster 0-0 draw against Real Betis Sunday due to a yellow card suspension. With the point, Real Madrid now trail league leaders Barcelona by nine points in the La Liga race with 14 matches remaining. That’s a mighty big gap to overturn the way Barca has been going this year. Real Madrid host Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 next week.
Mateo Kovačić returned from injury and played 75 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Leeds United. Kova received a 6/10 grade from Goal.com as he “Got through a lot of dirty work to give his midfield partner more freedom.”
Ivan Perišić played the full 90 minutes for Tottenham in a shocking 1-0 loss to Wolves. The loss opens up the top-4 in England to Newcastle, Liverpool, and Fulham. Perišić received a 5/10 grade from Football London as he “Saw a header saved by Sa late in the first half, but again lacked quality with his deliveries to others throughout.”
Joško Gvardiol (played 90 minutes) and RB Leipzig were humbled by Borussia Dortmund Friday night; losing 2-1 in what will surely end any Bundesliga title hopes (now 7 points behind)