Andrej Kramarić started off the season with a bang for 1899 Hoffenheim by registering a hat trick on his DFB Cup debut in Barsinghausen on Sunday. The former Dinamo Zagreb striker has now scored eight goals in 16 career matched with Hoffenheim.
Tin Jedvaj started and played the full 90 minutes at right back for Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-1 win over Hauenstein on Sunday in the DFB Pokal. The former Dinamo Zagreb defender picked up a yellow card in the 93rd minute of play bt wasn’t at fault for the lone goal. Ante Rebić was left off the roster for Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout win over Magdeburg on Sunday. Alen Halilović and Hamburger SV are in action against Zwickau on Monday night.
In the opening game of the 2016/17 Serie A season, Mario Mandžukić picked up the start for Juventus against Fiorentina on Saturday. Mario couldn’t get anything going and was subbed out for Gonzalo Higuain in the 66th minute of play in a 2-1 win. Besides his subpar performance, MArio might be looking for another place to play as Higuan scored the game winner. Marko Pjaca looked on from the bench for Juventus in the win.
Milan Badelj started and played 65 minutes for Fiorentina in the loss. The former Dinamo Zagreb defensive midfielder wasn’t at fault for the first goal and watched the second goal from the bench.
Nikola Kalinić found his name on the scoring sheet after finding the back of the net with a nice header in the 70th minute of play. Nikola broke free from a defender on the far post and connected on a Josip Iličić corner kick. The Sun has reported that Fiorentina have a £30m price tag on Kalinić and have rejected Everton’s £21m bid last week. It looks like Nikola will spend the rest of the year at Fiorentina.
Nikola Kalinić goal
Ivan Perišić and Marcelo Brozović both came off the bench in the second half for Inter Milan in a 2-0 loss to Chievo on Sunday. Ivan Vargić looked on from the bench as Lazio beat Atalanta 4-3 on Sunday. Former Hajduk Split defender, Ivan Strinić also looked on from the bench as Napoli and Pescara split the points in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Ivan Rakitić had a quiet 90 minutes for Barcelona on Saturday as the reigning Spanish champions crushed Real Betis 6-2 in their season opener. Luis Suarez would score a hat trick with Lionel Messi adding two himself. It’s expected for Barcelona and Real Madrid to make a run for the title again this year with Atletico Madrid right behind them. With Champions League starting in September, Rakitić and company will have to stay healthy to stay on par in Europe and Spain.
Real Madrid posted a 3-0 victory over Real Socieded on Sunday in their season opener with Mateo Kovačić stepping in for a suspended Luka Modrić and playing all 90 minutes in the match. Gareth Bale would steal the show for Madrid in the the absence of an injured Cristiano Ronaldo with two goals.
Šime Vrsaljko was not listed on the Atletico Madrid squad list this weekend which would have been his Spanish debut. The Croatian defender was signed by the Madrid club just two months ago from Serie A team Sassuolo. The 24 yearold is expected to do big things in Spain this season. Atletico ended up drawing Alaves in shocking fashion on Sunday.
Duje Čop volley off the corner
Duje Čop scored the first goal of the season for new club Sporting Gijon on Sunday with a mean volley off a corner in the 51st minute. Čop crisply right-footed the ball into the back of the net in a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. Čop was on loan in Spain last season for Malaga and has now joined Sporting Dijon on loan from Serie A Club Cagliari. A great start so far for the Croatian striker.
After a 4-3 season opening victory away to Arsenal, Liverpool failed to keep the momentum going as they fell 2-0 to Burnley on Saturday. Dejan Lovren got the start and played the entire 90 minutes in the match. Lovren was a bit too slow coming back to Sam Vokes as he struck a fantastic shot from outside the box following a Liverpool turnover in the second minute of play. And on Burnley’s insurance goal later in the first half, Lovren wasn’t able to get in front of the ball for a block. All in all a bad loss for Liverpool, however, the season has just begun.
Lovren can’t get a block on either Burnley goal
Danijel Subašić and Monaco picked up their first win of the Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Nice. Subašić made two comfortable saves in the match. Monaco have four points through two matches, and will look to secure a spot in the Champions League Group Stage this week.
Vedran Ćorluka started for Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday as they were held to a 0-0 draw on Sunday against Krylya Sovetov. Lokomotiv have been slow out of the blocks in the Russian Premier League, tying their first four matches.
Domagoj Vida missed his second straight match with a concussion as his Dynamo Kyiv side came from behind to beat Volyn 2-1 on Saturday. Kyiv have taken all 15 points from their first 5 matches.
Villarreal at Monaco(Champions League),
Dinamo Zagreb at Salzburg(Champions League),
Lokomotiva Zagreb at Genk(Europa League), Maccabi Tel Aviv at Hajduk Split(Europa League),
Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur, Ingolstadt at Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen at Borussia M’gla, Schalke 04 at Frankfurt, Juventus at Lazio, Milan at Napoli, Celta de Vigo at Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid at Leganés, Vorskla at Dynamo Kyiv,
PSG at Monaco, RB Leipzig at Hoffenheim, Palermo at Inter, Chievo at Fiorentina, Barcelona at Athletic Club, Sporting Gijón at Deportivo Alavés, Lokomotiv Moskva at Krasnodar,
~Ante Kvartuč and Denis Svirčić reporting from sunny Southern California, and Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN