Luka Modrić scored the opener for Real Madrid in the 5th minute Saturday as Los Blancos won 3-1 with two huge late 2nd half goals. Modrić made a perfect run to the back post and received an even better pass from Vini for the tap-in goal. He received a 7/10 grade from FOTMOB as Modrić had “Smart movement for the early goal. Classy performance overall, even if the game was won after he left the pitch.” Modrić was subbed off in the 77′ with the winning goal coming from substitute Lucas Vazquez two minutes later. Real Madrid earn all three points and remain top of La Liga.
Ante Budimir scored his 1st La Liga goal of the season Thursday night (header off a corner) as Osasuna beat Espanyol 1-0. It’s been a rough patch for Budimir as many Croatian supporters (including myself) would like to see him left off the World Cup squad next month. This goal opens his La Liga account for the season but there’s not enough there to earn meaningful minutes in Qatar.
Bayern Munich loanee, Gabriel Vidović, scored his first goal in the Dutch Eredivisie Saturday in a 2-1 win over Emmen. Vidović was cool and calm in the box as he collected the ball, shifted his angle to the left, and fired away. Vidović has been capped three times by the Croatia U21 side after briefly playing for the U15 German team. He was born in Augsburg, Germany.
Mateo Kovačić comes on in the 36th minute as Casemiro’s 94th minute equalizer deflates Stamford Bridge in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw versus Manchester United.
Andrej Kramarić returned from a minor knock and came on in the 61st minute for Hoffenheim in a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich.