Andrej Kramarić secured Hoffenheim’s status in the Bundesliga next season with a MOTM performance (2 goals, 1 assist) in a 4-2 victory over 4th place Union Berlin and Croatian teammate Josip Juranović Saturday. Krama cooly converted a penalty in the 36th minute to make it 2-0 and then tapped in from a few yards out in the 90th to make it 3-1. Krama would assist nine minutes later to cap off the match at 4-2.
Kramarić has 12 goals and three assists in 31 Bundesliga matches this season. At 31 years old, you have to consider that a huge success to post these kinds of numbers in the German Bundesliga. Juranović and Union Berlin “should” lock up 4th place and a Champions League berth for next season with a win versus Werder Bremen next weekend in the final match of the German season.
Mario Pašalić scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season Saturday after stealing the ball from the Verona keeper in the 54th minute. Pašalić kept pressure on the keeper as he got too cute with one too many touches. It would result in the game winner in a 3-1 Atalanta win over Verona. The victory temporarily moves Atalanta into a Conference League berth for next season.
Joško Gvardiol and RB Leipzig absolutely shook up the German title race with a huge 3-1 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday. With the win, Leipzig secure a spot in next season’s Champions League. It also means that Borussia Dortmund will now be crowned Bundesliga champions with a win over Mainz next Saturday. Gvardiol started and played 87 minutes of this match.
Marcelo Brozović played the last 35 minutes of Inter Milan’s 3-1 loss to Napoli Sunday. The loss means Inter only sit two points above rivals AC Milan for Italy’s last Champions League berth for next season. If they lose to Man City in the UCL Final, they will have to grab four points in their final two matches to guarantee a trip back to Europe’s promised land.
Gabriel Vidović scored one of Vetesse’s six goals in a 6-0 thumping of Groningen Sunday. (no highlight available). This is Vidović’s fourth goal of the Dutch season in 25 matches while on loan from Bayern Munich. He is only 19 years old.