Andrej Kramarić converted a 22′ penalty kick for Hoffenheim in a 2-0 victory over Union Berlin Saturday. This is now Krama’s third goal in the first five matches of the young Bundesliga season. Hoffenheim have impressed to start their German campaign; grabbing 12 points from a possible 15 thus far. Josip Juranović got the start for Union Berlin and played the full 90 minutes. He received a 8.1 rating (FOTMOB) for his efforts in the loss.
Super-sub Mario Pašalić came off the bench for Atalanta in the 67th minute and supplied an insurance goal nine minutes later to lock up a 2-0 victory over Cagliari. Pašalić rocked a shot off the bottom-right post into goal. This is his first goal of the Serie A season.
Petar Musa is making the best of his starts for Benfica in the Portuguese top flight this season. Musa scored his third goal of the season Sunday in only his 5th domestic match. Musa ran right to the middle of the box on a counter-attack and slotted home a pass from the left flank. The goal would put Benfica up 2-0 in the 1st half and they would win the match 3-1. Musa was subbed off at halftime.
Joško Gvardiol played the full 90 minutes for 10-man Manchester City in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Gvardiol received a 7/10 grade from ManchesterEveningNews as he was “Loose with the ball a couple of times in the first half but stood strong after the break, moving infield as more of a natural centre-back after Rodri’s sending off.” Mateo Kovačić was not listed on the squad as he nurses a minor back injury. He is expected to return next weekend vs. Wolves.
Both Borna Sosa and Josip Šutalo got the start for Ajax in a match that was abandoned in the 2nd half versus Feyenoord, ESPN reports. With Ajax down 3-0 in the 56th minute, the referee abandoned the match as Ajax supporters (in their own home stadium) threw flares on the pitch for a second time. No injuries were reported as Ajax struggle to start the Dutch on the right foot. Ajax have only earned five points from their first four matches of the season.
Luka Sučić got the start for Red Bull Salzburg Saturday and played 65 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Linz. Sučić is coming off knee surgery so this is a great sign early in the season. Roko Šimić was not part of the Salzburg side after scoring in Champions League for them this week.
Josip Brekalo got the start and played 65 minutes for Fiorentina in a 2-0 victory over Udinese. He received a 6.9 FOTMOB rating for his efforts. Dalić is currently shopping for a left-winger so we will need to keep our eye on Brekalo.