Photo: Reuters: MICHAEL DALDER
Bayern Munich took the first half off then scored two second half goals to beat Hannover 2-0. Former Dinamo Zagreb striker, “Super Mario Mandžukić” capitalized on Bayern’s 68% possession and scored the opening goal just six minutes after the break. Mario seemed to be in the right place at the right time as he calmly left footed a shot into the back of the net after a pass from Toni Kroos inside the box. Chances are that Mario will also get the start for Bayern in Champions League against CSKA Moskva on Tuesday night. With great service from the midfield, all Mario really has to do is break free from the defense to score Ivica-Olić-like goals the rest of the season.
Mario Mandžukić goal against Hannover
Photo: AP/Frank Augstein
Croatian international, Ivica Olić, scored his second Bundesliga goal of the season for Wolfsburg in a 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The former Dinamo Zagreb striker started and played the full 90 minutes in the loss. Ivica scored to equalize in the 39th minute of play, connecting on a Ricardo Rodriguez cross with a left footed shot in the top right corner. Wolfsburg were totally outclassed in this one as Ivica finished the match with only two shots on goal. Ivan Perišić came on for Wolfsburg in the 71st minute of play in search of an equalizing goal. However, Ivan couldn’t get anything going as Wolfsburg dropped their third Bundesliga match of the year.
Ivica Olić goal against Bayer
Former Kaiserslautern star, Srdjan Lakić, continues to come off the bench at Frankfurt and did so in the 81st minute on Saturday in a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen. The 29-year-old striker looks to be a second option under Frankfurt manager Armin Veh. Former NK Zagreb defender, Mateo Pavlović, was left off the roster by Werder Bremen.
Milan Badelj and Ivo Iličević were both left off the roster sheet as Hamburg suffered an embarrassing 6-2 loss in front of 80,645 fans at Signal-Iduna-Park. Milan should return to training sometime next week, while Ivo has yet to make the pitch this season. No word on his injury status and time of return.
Captain Ivan Rakitić scored his first goal of the season Saturday as Sevilla traveled to Barcelona and came within seconds of coming away with a result. Four minutes into stoppage time, Alexis Sanchez found the net to give Barcelona the 3-2 victory. In the 80th minute, with Sevilla on the counterattack, Vitolo cut it back to Rakitić who slid it past Valdes to put Sevilla within one. Ivan was very involved in the match, and his 90th minute corner equalized the match at 2-2 and gave him his first assist this season. On the defensive end, he had a team high four tackles and four interceptions. Sevilla have just two points in the first four La Liga matches. Their Europa League campaign begins Thursday in Estoril, Portugal.
Luka Modrić played the whole match for Real Madrid as they drew 2-2 to Villareal in Gareth Bale’s first game with the club. Luka created two chances, and completed a game high 67 passes with a 93% success rate, including 8 for 8 on long balls. Luka also fired two shots off target. He earned a “hockey assist” on Real’s 1st goal as he played right back Danijel Caraval down the flank.
Nikica Jelavić may not be scoring goals this season, but he had an almighty assist Saturday versus Chelsea. Jelavić got the start for Everton as they hosted Jose Mourinho and company in Merseyside. He only managed one shot on goal in his 66 minutes on the pitch but assisted teammate Steven Naismith on Everton’s first half stoppage time goal. A cross was put into the air to the far post and Jelavić, instead of going for goal, unselfishly headed the ball across the box for an open Naismith to bang home. It would be the only goal of the game as Everton shutout Chelsea for their first win of the season. Jelavić is still looking for his first goal of the season in what seems to be a struggling offense, but his efforts did not go unnoticed on the weekend.
Jelavić assist to Naismith
Dejan Lovren once again starred in the Southampton defense, as he helped his side post another shutout in a 0-0 draw Sunday versus West Ham. Lovren played the full 90 minutes and was given an ‘8’ rating by SkySports as he “caught the eye and commanded the defence, as well as trying to bring the ball forward.” Lovren is making quite the impression in England, now helping Southampton post their second clean sheet in four games; and without earning a yellow card. His spot in the Croatia starting XI should be a lock moving forward if he can keep this form up. New West Ham signing, Mladen Petrić, was not yet put into the squad as he signed earlier in the week. He could very well make his Hammers debut next Saturday against Everton.
Former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, Mateo Kovačić, had to wait until the 81st minute of play to see some action against Juve in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Mateo has only managed to start only once in three Serie A matches this season. After three matches, Inter sit second on the Serie A table.
Marko Livaja’s road to “ten Serie A goals” might be a little tougher to reach as the 20-year-old came off the bench for the first time this season in the 78th minute of a 2-0 loss in Napoli on Saturday. Chances are that Atalanta manager Stefano Colantuono is just shuffling his lineup and Livaja will get his starting job back next Sunday against Fiorentina. Former Hajduk Split prospect, Josip Radošević, came on in the 85th minute for Napoli in the win.
Manuel Pamić looked on from the bench as Chievo struck out in Lazio 3-0. Former Split striker, Ante Rebić, also looked on from the bench as Fiorentina drew 1-1 against Cagliari. In front of only 14,000 fans at Stadio Communale Friuli, Udinese came from behind to split the points with Bologna at one goal a piece. Former Dinamo Zagreb keeper, Ivan “GPS” Kelava was in goal for Udinese and was not at fault for a beautiful free kick from Alessandro Diamanti in the 78th minute of play. Ivan finished the match with two saves. Former Slaven defender, Igor Bubnjić played the final 30 minutes for Udinese.
Ivan Kelava could do nothing about Alessandro Diamanti’s almost unstoppable free kick
Is it time to panic in Donetsk? Shakhtar dropped points in domestic play for a third straight time on Friday when they lost to Karpaty 3-2. Shakhtar now sit in fourth place with 19 points from the first nine games of the season. Captain Darijo Srna was unavailable for action as he served a red card suspension from the Metalist game before the international break. Eduardo came on in the 65th minute with Shakhtar down 3-1 but was unable to get anything going offensively. Karpaty’s 26 year-old Mladen Bartulović scored two goals this game to put the reigning Ukrainian champions away.
Ivan Strinić got the start and played 63 minutes as Dnipro defeated Tavriya to keep them three points behind league leaders Metalist. Nikola Kalinić was left off the Dnipro squad for this match after scoring a goal against South Korea on Tuesday while on international duty.
Ognjen Vukojević got the start for Dynamo Kiev and played the full match as they were routed 3-0 by leaders Metalist on Sunday. Metalist was able to score two injury time goals to boost the score line after their initial 43rd minute strike to open up the game. Domagoj Vida was left on the bench as an unused substitute. Dynamo now sit nine points behind first place and open up Europa League play this Thursday vs. Genk.
AS Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 on Sunday, as Danjiel Subašić was in net, with little to do. Monaco dominated the match with 64% possesion, as Lorient failed to put any shots on goal. Subašić has been largely untested thus far in Ligue 1, but that could change next weekend as they travel to face defending champions Paris Saint-Germain. Monaco sit atop Ligue 1 with 13 points in five matches.
Stipe Pletikosa and Hrvoje Milić both started for Rostov as they fell 1-0 to league leaders CSKA Moscow. CSKA were on the front foot for most of the match and Pletikosa played very well to keep the sides level until Konstantin Bazelyuk’s 70th minute goal. Stipe made exceptional saves in the 31st minute to deny Santos Vitinho’s curler and again in the 52nd minute when he stopped Ahmed Musa from close range. Rostov have been off to a great start this season and sit 5th in the RPL.
Saves at 0:20, 0:40, 2:00, 3:36 Goal: 2:30
Vedran Ćorluka played the full match for Lokomotiv Moscow in their 1-0 victory over Kuban Krasnodar. Dario Kresić was on the bench once again. Lokomotiv sit in 4th in the Russian Premier League after eight games.
CSKA Moskva at Bayern München(Champions League), Real Madrid at Galatasaray(Champions League), Shakhtar Donetsk at Real Sociedad(Champions League),
Borussia Dortmund at Napoli(Champions League),
Bordeaux at Frankfurt(Europa League), Sevilla at Estoril(Europa League), Dnipro at Pandurii Târgu Jiu(Europa League), Genk at Dynamo Kyiv(Europa League)
Southampton at Liverpool, Everton at West Ham, Bayern München at Schalke 04, Hoffenheim at Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen at Hamburger SV, Lokomotiv Moskva at Dinamo Moskva, Vorskla at Shakhtar Donetsk
Frankfurt at Stuttgart, Napoli at Milan, Inter at Sassuolo, Fiorentina at Atalanta, Lazio at Roma, Udinese at Chievo, Getafe at Real Madrid, Sevilla at Valencia, Zenit at Rostov, Dnipro at Metalurh, Karpaty at Dynamo Kyiv
~Ante Kvartuč and Denis Svirčić reporting from sunny Southern California, Zach Gilfix reporting from Minneapolis, MN