Luka Modrić and Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were crushed Sunday night in a 2-1 loss to Barcelona in El Clasico. Modrić got the start and played 76 minutes in the loss, leaving the pitch with the match still tied at 1-1. 90min.com gave Modrić an extremely harsh 4/10 rating as he was “Not quite at his best and struggled to deal with De Jong’s energy.” Modrić did however send two fantastic balls down field that could have resulted in goals. Real Madrid simply weren’t good enough in the Barca box as their lone goal was scored by a Barca player and their 81′ go-ahead strike by Asencio was correctly ruled offside by VAR. With the loss, Real Madrid now trail Barcelona by 12 points in La Liga. Game over.
Ivan Perišić bagged his first Tottenham Hotspur goal on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 37th minute. His half-volley into the ground from 18 yards out would make it 3-1 Spurs, however, Tottenham would blow the lead and concede twice in the last 15 minutes of the match, as 20th place Southampton would come back from the dead to force a 3-3 draw. This result will hurt Spurs’ top-4 Champions League hopes. Although Perišić scored in this match, he was only given a 5/10 grade from Football London for his poor defense. “All too easy for Walcott to get behind him for the hosts’ leveller early in the second half. He then scored his first goal for Spurs with a bouncing half-volley past Bazunu. Was beaten too easily though at times down his flank and beaten to the ball for the header across leading to the late penalty. Gets an extra mark for his goal.”
We have a Andrej Kramarić siting! Krama converted two penalties for a struggling Hoffenheim side Saturday in a 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin. The win pulls Hoffenheim out of the Bundesliga relegation zone by one point with only nine matches remaining in the season. They will surely need to win at least three more matches if they want to stay up in the top tier.
Mateo Kovačić got the start for Chelsea and played 81 minutes in a disappointing 2-2 draw at home versus Everton. Kova was taken off for additional defensive support in Loftus-Cheek but Chelsea would concede an equalizer to the Toffees eight minutes later. Kova received an 8/10 grade from Goal.com as he “Created some chances as Chelsea looked to capitalise on their dominance, was a direct threat on goal and won a lot of balls.”
Joško Gvardiol played the full 90 minutes in a disappointing 1-0 RB Leipzig loss to Bochum.
Josip Juranović played the full 90 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt Sunday. The win gives Union sole possession of 3rd place in the Bundesliga with non matches remaining. A top-4 finish will see them play in Champions League next season.