Mario Mandžukić got the nod from new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in their season opener against Borussia Monchengladbach Friday night. ‘Super’ Mario played up top as the lone striker as Guardiola pledged a 4-1-4-1 formation in his maiden Bundesliga match. With Bayern up 1-0 early after an Arjen Robben strike in the 12th minute, Mandžukić would continue the goal scoring domination he started last campaign, slotting home a wide open goal in the 16th minute after the previous shot was blocked by the Borussia keeper.
Monchengladbach would pull a goal back five minutes from the break through a Dante own goal but Bayern would put the game away in the 69th minute when David Alaba would convert a penalty after German international Thomas Muller had his penalty saved. Mandžukić played the full 90 minutes, earning a yellow card late in the contest, while adding three more shots on the scoresheet. Guardiola and Mandza may have had some slight friction in the preseason, but if Manolić keeps scoring goals, whether they are tap ins or not, expect the Croatian frontman to remain in the lineup.
Mandžukić goal @ 0:25
Ivica Olić and Wolfsburg had a rough opening match in the Bundesliga, losing 2-0 to Hannover after having two players sent off in the 32′ and 52′. Olić managed two shots off target in his 66 minutes on the pitch while compatriot Ivan Perišić was left off the squad due to injury. Wolfsburg will try to earn their first points of the season next week vs. Schalke.
Milan Badelj got the start for Hamburg as Schalke came back from behind to force a 3-3 draw Sunday night in Gelsenkirchin. Badelj had one shot on the day, coming off in the 64th minute, eight minutes before Schalke scored their equalizing third goal. Ivo Iličević was left off the squad due to injury.
Photo: AS Monaco
Danijel Subašić earned a shutout in his first ever French Ligue 1 game on Saturday as Monaco defeated Bordeaux 2-0 with two late goals from Riviere and Falcao. Subašić blocked both shots he encountered and will look to keep his place between the pipes for Monaco as they not only chase a Champions League birth for next season, but look to win the Ligue 1 title.
Nikica Jelavić scored another preseason goal for Everton as the Toffees defeated Spanish La Liga side Real Betis 2-1 on Sunday. In the 35th minute, Jelavić would receive the ball inside the six-yard box and pump fake the original shot to draw the Betis defender in, following the cross from the sideline, to open up a wide open shot on goal. After scoring against Real Madrid in Los Angeles last weekend, Jelavić should be back on the radar for new Everton manager Roberto Martinez as starting striker. The Premiership begins next weekend.