Andrej Kramarić became Hoffenheim’s single season goal record holder (19) when he scored inside five minutes of a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld Saturday. Krama now owns the single season record for goals at Hoffenheim as well as all-time goals: 75. Sejad Salihović sits in a distant second at 46 goals. Not a bad career in Germany since coming over from Leicester in 2016; where he wasn’t given an opportunity to shine. Krama is red hot four weeks away from Croatia’s match with England.
Mario Pašalić bagged another goal this weekend in Atalanta’s 4-3 win over Genoa. The win ensures that Atalanta will once again see Champions League football next season. Pašalić joins Rebić, Budimir, Brekalo, and Kramarić with multiple goals in the last seven days. You can’t ask much more from the Croatian internationals heading into EURO 2021.
Croatia striker Ante Budimir did all he could on Sunday to help out Real Madrid and Luka Modrić inch closer to a La Liga title shot. In the 75th minute, Budimir’s header barely crossed the line to beat Atletico goal keeper Jan Oblak. However, Atletico would score twice in the final 10 minutes of the match to seal a 2-1 victory. If Atletico win their final game of the season next weekend, they will be crowned Spanish champions. Šime Vrsaljko remained on the bench as an unused substitute. Luka Modrić and Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to remain two points behind Atletico. Budimir on fire this week is a good problem to have going into EURO. Could Dalić use him as a point man up top against Czech and Scotland the way he’s been playing?
Josip Brekalo, Marin Pongračić and Wolfsburg booked their ticket to the Champions League next season after a 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig Sunday. Neither Croatian played in the match and Brekalo could be on the move this summer after EURO. Stay tuned.
Mateo Kovačić was supposed to return from his thigh injury on Saturday but didn’t end up making the Chelsea squad. Chelsea lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the FA Cup Final and have two Premiership matches remaining this week before the Champions League Final against Manchester City in Portugal on May 29th.