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Nikica Jelavić continued his scoring form going into the international break, heading home a difficult Steven Pienaar deflected shot from a tight angle to equalize for Everton in the 11th minute Saturday for Everton. The goal came only seconds after Wigan’s Arouna Koné scored to give Wigan the early lead, with replay showing he was well offside. Jelavić played the full 90 minutes, receiving a yellow card in the 60th minute. He finished the match with four shots, with his header goal the only one on frame.
With Everton down 2-1 late, a foul in the box set up a late penalty kick which Leighton Baines would take and convert. The goal would force a 2-2 draw at The DW. The draw drops Everton down to fourth in the table, now earning them 14 points from the first seven matches of the season.
With goals two straight weekends now, is Jelavić a lock to start vs. Macedonia on Friday?
Jelavić header at 0:30
After a penalty kick goal vs. Manchester United last weekend, Mladen Petrić was left off the Fulham squad for Sunday’s match versus Southhampton. It is unknown if it was due to injury or not. The game would end in a 2-2 draw.
11 games. 11 wins. Shakhtar Donetsk remain perfect to start the season after a 2-0 victory over Metalist on Sunday. Captain Darijo Srna got the start and played 90 minutes while Eduardo rode the pine in this match. Srna did not contribute to either of the two goals but kept the defense strong to keep the shutout. Going into the international break, Shakhtar now hold a nine-point advantage on second place in the Ukrainian Premier League. Will they drop points this season at all?
Dnipro defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1 Sunday night to put both teams in a tie for second place in Ukraine, with 24 points from 11 games. Ivan Strinić received the start for Dnipro and played all 90 minutes in the win. He was not at fault for Dynamo’s 94′ injury time goal as Miguel Veloso’s shot from 30 yards out rocketed into the back of the net. Nikola Kalinić remained on the bench as unused substitute for Dnipro.
After both starting midweek for Dynamo Kiev in their 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League, Niko Kranjčar and Ognjen Vukojević did not see the pitch Sunday versus Dnipro. Will either receive some playing time vs. Macedonia or Wales in the next nine days?
Bayern Munich continued their Bundesliga domination with a 2-0 shutout of Hoffenheim on Saturday. Former Dinamo Zagreb striker, Mario Mandžukić, started and played the full 90 minutes in the win but failed to get his 7th goal in 7 games for the Bavarian Giants. Mario played a part in the second goal as his cross found Toni Kroos, who found Franck Ribery for the second goal. Bayern are now five points clear of Frankfurt atop the Bundesliga table.
Photo: AP Photo/Martin Meissner
New striker, same result for Wolfsburg. Srdjan Lakić got a surprise start on Saturday for the disappointing Ivica Olić. The former Kaiserslautern star played the full 90 minutes but failed to get anything going in a 3-0 loss to Schalke in front of 60,671 at Veltins Arena. Srdjan missed a great opportunity in the dying minutes of the game failing to get past Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall on a one-on-one chance. Olić came on for Wolfsburg in the 51st minute for Emanuel Pogatetz and failed to register a shot on goal. Schalke enjoyed 61% of possession and dominated from start to finish. Wolfsburg have dropped three straight matches and are winless in their last five.
Former Dinamo Zagreb defensive midfielder, Milan Badelj, continues to impress for Hamburg in a 1-0 win over SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Saturday. The Croatian international started and played the full 90 minutes as Hamburg have won three of their last four matches and haven’t lost a Bundesliga match since September 16th. Milan received player of the match honors and will surely have Igor Štimac’ attention for the upcoming qualifiers. Ivo Iličević was left off the roster sheet for Hamburg because of a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old, Croatian international is listed as questionable for the upcoming World Cup qualifier at Macedonia on Friday night.
Former Club Brugge star, Ivan Perišić, looked on from the bench as Borussia Dortmund was held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Hannover 96 on Sunday. Ivan will be looking for the start for Croatia against Macedonia and Wales next weekend. Croatian international, Ivan Klasnić, was left off the roster for Mainz in 1-0 win over Fortuna. No word on why Klasnić was left off the roster sheet.
Croatian international, Dejan Lovren, started and played the full 90 minutes for Lyon in a 1-1 draw at Lorient. The game was tight from start to finish with each team finding the back of the net only once. The former Dinamo Zagreb defender was not at fault for the lone goal. Lyon and Lorient remained third and fourth on the Ligue 1 table with the draw.
Former Hajduk Split star, Ante Vukušić, is still looking for his first goal at Pescara as his side was embarrassed 3-0 by Lazio in front of 16,000 fans at Stadio Adriatica on Sunday. Ante started and played 66 minutes but failed to register a shot after receiving no service from the Pescara play-makers. Vukušić remains scoreless in five serie A matches.
Ivan Rakitić (above) sat out of Sevilla’a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo due to a yellow card suspension. They host Mallorca after the international break.
Luka Modrić was an unused sub in Real Madrid’s midweek Champions League victory over Ajax and in the 2-2 El Clasico draw on Sunday. He will be well rested for Croatia’s upcoming games.
Stipe Pletikosa was in net on Sunday as Rostov lost a tough one to Terek Grozny 2-1. Stipe made some big saves and got help from his crossbar but it wasn’t enough, and he was hopeless on Terek’s two goals. After Rostov’s hot start, they now sit in 14th place, one point out of the relegation zone.
Dario Krešić started for Lokomotiv Moscow in their disappointing 1-0 defeat at home against Terek Grozny. Vedran Ćorluka sat out due to yellow card accumulation. Krešić came out on a cross in the first half and took an elbow from a Terek Grozny player, resulting in a very bloody nose, but he was able to play on. Grozny’s goal came from a tight angle, but the defense was at fault and it appeared the attacker was offsides.
Goal at 3:20
Gordon Schildenfeld (3) finally made his return to Dinamo Moscow’s lineup in their 2-0 loss to Anzhi. Gordon was shown his marching orders in the 52nd minute for a handball that appeared to be intentional as Anzhi was headed for a probable breakaway. This will surely not get him the playing time he is looking for.
Tomislav Dujmović was once again not in Mordovia’s lineup.
~Ante Kvartuč and Denis Svirčić reporting from sunny Southern California, Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN