Mario Mandžukić celebrates after scoring his second goal against Greuther on Saturday
It was men against boys at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as Bayern München outclassed SpVgg Greuther Furth 2-0 in the first Bundesliga game of 2013. Super Mario Mandžukić started and played 85 minutes in the win. The former Dinamo Zagreb striker scored both of the goals and earned player of the game honors from Bild. Mario opened up the scoring in the 26th minute of play as his close shot from the right side somehow managed to beat SpVgg Greuther Furth keeper and into the back of the net. Just after the hour mark, Mario would double the score with a beautiful header off a Toni Kroos corner. Bayern finished the match with a 70-30 possession advantage and 17-0 corner kick advantage.
“There are reasons (for my good form) of course. I worked very hard in the off-season. I did that for me, because I know if I am fit, I am strong. I can help the team and do my job the best I can and I think I’ve done well today.”
“I just said to him that he is the kind of striker who needs to work for his goals. He needs to run, to offer himself. Than he is in the game and is in the right frame of mind to convert his chances.”
~Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes
Mario Mandžukić goals
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Ivica Olić flops against Stuttgart on Saturday
Ivica Olić’ goal scoring drought continues after failing to reach the back of the net against Stuttgart on Saturday. The former Dinamo Zagreb striker started and played the full 90 minutes, finishing with only 1 shot and committing five fouls. Ivica hasn’t scored a Bundesliga goal since October 27th.
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Ivan Perišić(left) makes his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg
Ivan Perišić made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg after transferring from Dortmund during the winter transfer window. The 23-year-old winger started on the right wing and came close to scoring twice. Srdjan Lakić was left off the squad by Wolfsburg.
HSV missed out on three points and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Nürnberg after giving up an equalizing goal in the 75th minute of play. Former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, Milan Badelj, started the match and played the full 90 minutes for HSV in the draw. Milan played well and wasn’t at fault for the goal. Ivo Iličević failed to get into the game and watched from the bench.
Ivan Klasnić looked on from the bench as Mainz and Freiburg split the points in a scoreless draw. Mateo Pavlović also looked on from the bench as Werder Bremen were embarrassed by Dortmund 5-0 on Saturday.
Ivan Rakitić started and played 85 minutes in Sevilla’s 1-1 draw with Getafe on Saturday. Rakitić was lively throughout and picked up his team high 4th assist on Sevilla’s lone goal. He led the team with three chances created and 61 passes. He played Jose Reyes through in the 40th minute with a great backheel in a tight area. The point leaves Sevilla in 12th in La Liga. They have the crucial second leg of their quarterfinal Copa Del Rey tie against Real Zaragoza on Wednesday.
Luka Modrić was subbed on for Mesut Ozil in the 67th minute of Real Madrid’s 5-0 drubbing of Valencia, with Real already up 5-0. Luka went 13-13 with his passes, creating two chances. Look for him to get the start in Real’s cup tie midweek. They remain seven points out of second and 15 off Barcelona.
Fulham couldn’t get anything going against a much better Manchester City team on Saturday, falling 2-0 in front of 47,286 at Etihad Stadium. Croatian international, Mladen Petrić, came on in the 72nd minute of play for Fulham but failed to register a shot because of limited service.
Olympique Lyonnais dropped into a tie with PSG atop the Ligue 1 table after dropping points to Evian in a scoreless tie on Friday. Former Dinamo Zagreb defender, Dejan Lovren, didn’t have to take off his warmups for this one as the 23-year-old defender watched from the sidelines.
After opening up 2013 with an impressive 2-0 win over Fiorentina, Pescara have dropped two straight after getting shutout 2-0 by Torino on Sunday at home. Ante Vukušić came off the bench in the 74th minute of play but finished the match without a shot on goal. The former Hajduk Split striker was not to blame as Pescara played with 10 players for the final 10 minutes after Vladimir Weiss picked up his second yellow card. With the loss, Pescara remain three points clear of relegation.
Real Madrid at Valencia(Copa del Rey), Real Zaragoza at Sevilla(Copa del Rey)
Olympique Lyonnais at Valenciennes
Everton at Bolton Wanderers(FA Cup), Fulham at Manchester United(FA Cup), Mainz 05 at Greuther Fürth, Wolfsburg at Hannover 96
Bayern München at Stuttgart, Werder Bremen at Hamburger SV, Pescara at Sampdoria, Getafe at Real Madrid
Granada at Sevilla
~Ante Kvartuč and Denis Svirčić reporting from sunny Southern California, Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN