19 year-old Luka Sučić scored another long-range goal Sunday to add to his already impressive mantle. In the 27′ versus Rapid Vienna, Sučić ripped a low shot from 24 yards to hit the side netting. This is the exact playmaker the Croatian senior side needs. Someone who can shake things up on offense with fearless shots from long range that hit the target. Sučić is still a teenager and will slowly be integrated into the Croatian senior side. This is expected to happen after the 2022 World Cup as the Vatreni enter EURO 2024 qualifying. RB Salzburg are 12 points clear of Sturm Graz for the Austrian lead and automatic Champions League berth.
Will 24 year-old Petar Musa get a shot at the Croatian national side in 2022? I would sign him up for Nations League matches in June to shake up Kramarić, Livaja and the rest of the strike force. Musa scored once again for Boavista in a 2-1 win over Famalicao in the Portuguese league Saturday; cleaning up the trash in front of net with the goalie out of position. Musa is currently on loan from Slavia Prague and has now scored 10 goals in 24 appearances for Boavista this season.
Šime Vrsaljko sent in a near perfect cross to Joao Felix Saturday to open up the scoring for Atletico Madrid in a 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves. From the sideline, Vrsaljko whipped in a low and speedy cross that could only be met by the head of Felix. Vrsaljko played the full 90 minutes as a right winger in Atletico’s 3-5-2 formation; giving him less defensive responsibility. Can we count Vrsaljko out for the World Cup? Not quite yet.
Joško Gvardiol was integral in Leipzig’s 4-1 win over 2nd place Borussia Dortmund Saturday as he pocketed Erling Haaland, keeping the Norwegian striker at 0 shots and beating him in 2 ground duels. Gvardiol played a near perfect defensive game but provided little on the offensive end.
Marcelo Brozović returned from injury and was ‘Man of the Match’ for Inter Milan Sunday in a crucial 1-0 victory over Juventus. Brozović played 77 minutes while Ivan Perišić got the full 90. Perišić had a quiet game as Inter ‘s strategy was to attack down the opposite flank. With the win, Inter trail rivals, AC Milan, by only three points for the Serie A lead.