Bayern Munich continue to cruise by the Bundesliga competition by registering their 15th Bundesliga win by shutting out Stuttgart 2-0 on Sunday. Super Mario Mandžukić started and played 89 minutes in the win. The former Dinamo Zagreb striker scored the opening goal in the 50th minute and then assisted on Thomas Müller’s goal in the 72nd minute to ice the game. Mandzukic intercepted and rounded keeper Sven Ulreich after a terrible back pass from Stuttgart defender Cristian Molinaro for the opening goal. The 26-year-old striker would then turn into the provider with a beautiful cross to Müller for the easy tap in. Bayern are back to an 11 point lead over second place Bayer Leverkusen with the win.
Wolfsburg registered 25 shots at goal(10 on goal) but only managed to get one into the Hannover goal in a 2-1 loss. Croatian international,Ivan Perišić, started and played the full 90 minutes in the loss. The 23-year-old winger finished the match with four shots that didn’t trouble Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Ivica Olić came on in the 66th minute in search of an equalizer, but the 33-year-old Croatian international only managed one shot at goal.
Srdjan Lakić is on his way out of Wolfsburg to sign with Frankfurt. The former Kaiserslautern striker will need to pass a physical Monday morning and will sign a loan deal until summer of 2014. The 29-year-old has struggled at Wolfsburg and will look to get yet another chance with a new Bundesliga club.
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HSV continue to climb atop the Bundesliga standings by registering a come from behind 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on Sunday. Former Dinamo Zagreb captain, Milan Badelj, started and played 90 minutes for Hamburg in the win. The Croatian international played well and was not at fault for either of the two Bremen goals. Ivo Iličević and Mateo Pavlović both failed to get into the game and looked on from the bench.
Ivan Klasnić continues to be patient and failed to get off the bench as Mainz struck out Greuther Fürth 3-0.
Ivan Rakitic and Sevilla play at home against Grenada on Monday.
Ivan started midweek in the 2nd leg of Sevilla’s quarterfinal cup tie against Real Zaragoza in what was one of his best matches of the year. Sevilla went up a man in the 25th minute as Jose Fernandez was sent off for a rash challenge on Jose Reyes. Ivan got his second assist in three games when he whipped in a corner in the 35th minute which was finished by Alvaro Negredo to put Sevilla into the lead. Rakitic raced free in the 45th minute and finished calmly for his second goal of the year and put Sevilla up 2-0. Zaragoza went down another man in the 65th minute when Cicinho was brought down in the box.
Winning the Copa Del Rey is Sevilla’s best chance of playing in Europe next season. They play Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, with the first leg on Thursday.
Assist at 0:01, Goal at 0:58
Luka Modric started and played the full 90 minutes in Real Madrid’s 4-0 victory over Getafe on Sunday. Modric was lively as Real had the lion’s share of possession, got away one shot, and earned a penalty for his side when he was brought down in the box in the 78th minute. He played in his more familiar deep role and completed 68 passes on 75 attempts and helped out the defense with two interception and two tackles. The first leg of their massive semifinal Copa Del Rey tie against rivals Barcelona is on Wednesday. Will Luka get the start?
After nearly being benched for Everton’s FA Cup Round of 32 match versus Bolton on Saturday, manager David Moyes gave the struggling Nikica Jelavić the start to try and get the Croatian’s scoring fluids pumping again. It wasn’t successful. With the game tied at 1-1 late, Jelavić was subbed out for Dutchman Johnny Heitinga with not one shot to his name. Heitinga would ultimately score the game winner in injury time to set up a date with League One side Oldham Athletic in the next round, who defeated Everton rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
If Jelavić stays cold like this, should Croatia manager Igor Štimac reassess his striking pecking order for the Serbia match that is less than two months away?
Mladen Petrić remained on the bench for Fulham on Saturday as the Cottagers were crushed 4-1 by mighty Manchester United in their FA Cup clash. Between injuries and lack of consistency, Petrić has not had a good year at Craven Cottage, sitting on the bench in most games this season.
Dejan Lovren(left) celebrates Lyon goal on Friday
Olympique Lyonnais kept pace with PSG atop the Ligue 1 table with a 2-0 win in Valenciennes on Friday. Former Dinamo Zagreb defender, Dejan Lovren, started and played the full 90 minutes at CB for Lyon. Dejan played well and committed only one foul in the win.
Pescara continue to sink down the Serie A table after falling to Sampdoria 6-0 and suffering their third straight loss. Croatian international, Ante Vukušić, came off the bench in the 53rd minute of play with the score at 3-0. Ante barely touched the ball the rest of the way and finished without a shot. Pescara are only two points up in the safe zone.
West Bromwich Albion at Everton, West Ham United at Fulham, Barcelona at Real Madrid(Copa Del Rey)
Sevilla at Atlético Madrid(Copa Del Rey)
Aston Villa at Everton, Manchester United at Fulham, Bayern München at Mainz 05, Eintracht at Hamburg, Augsburg at Wolfsburg, Real Madrid at Granada,
Bologna at Pescara, Rayo Vallecano at Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais at Ajaccio
~Ante Kvartuč and Denis Svirčić reporting from sunny Southern California, Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN