KOVACIC MISSES OUT AGAINST NEWCASTLE

Croatia international Mateo Kovacic was a major absentee as Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League log to three points. Chelsea were able to increase their advantage at the summit thanks to the 3-0 win over struggling Newcastle United. Croatia midfielder Kovacic missed the game with an hamstring problem.

Kovacic has been one of the best players at Chelsea this season and the West Londoners were able to secure a three-goal victory over the Magpies without the Croatia international. Read more “KOVACIC MISSES OUT AGAINST NEWCASTLE”

GROUP H: CROATIA MAINTAIN TOP SPOT

Reigning World Cup finalists Croatia have maintained their place at the top of Group H in the European region of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers following their emphatic performance at the home of Cyprus. In their latest World Cup qualifier in Larnaca, Cyprus, Croatia were dominant and they could have won more goals. The Croatians would have recorded more than the 3-0 win if they were more clinical in front of goal.


The Croatians led 1-0 at the interval through an Ivan Perisic strike in the second minute of added time. JoskoGvardiol and Marko Livaja went on to score in the final ten minutes to give Croatia a more convincing result. Read more “GROUP H: CROATIA MAINTAIN TOP SPOT”

SERIE A: INTER DROP TO SECOND

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Inter Milan have dropped to second place on the Italian Serie A table despite beating hosts Hellas Verona to make it two straight wins at the start of the season. The defending champions dropped to second place after Lazio thrashed Spezia 6-1 at home though the visitors had to play a big part of the game with ten men. Spezia played the final 36 minutes with a numerical disadvantage.


Hellas Verona gave Inter Milan a lot of problems especially in the first half before the champions overpowered their hosts in the second half thanks in part to the quality shown by new signing Joaquin Correa on his debut for the Nerazzuri. Hellas took the lead inside 15 minutes thanks to the goal from Ivan Ilic as the home team took a 1-0 lead at the halftime interval. Read more “SERIE A: INTER DROP TO SECOND”

VARANE SAYS FINAL FAREWELL TO REAL MADRID TEAMMATES

New Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has been filmed saying his final goodbyes to his teammates at Real Madrid as he is expected to travel to E gland this week to complete his medicals and sign on the dotted lines. The France international defender agreed terms with the Red Devils to sign for them this summer as he wishes to try a new challenge in his career after spending up to a decade at the Santiago Bernabeu since joining them French Ligue 1 club Lens back in the summer transfer window of the year 2011. Madrid were not the only club that wanted to sign Varane in 2011 as the hefty center-back was also followed by Sir Alex Ferguson when he was still at United.

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The Red Devils could not move quickly to complete a deal for Varane back then and he joined Real Madrid as a result. He enjoyed a lot of title triumphs and success at Real Madrid and after winning everything in his career, including the FIFA World Cup title with France back in 2018, he finally decided to join Manchester United – a club he supported while growing up as a kid.
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CROATIA EARN FIRST EURO POINT

Croatia earned their first point at the Euro 2020 tournament after coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against leaders Czech Republic in Group D. They had to get something out of the game against the Czechs after losing their first match in the group against the Three Lions of England.

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England met Croatia in the opening game in the group at the Wembley Stadium at the weekend with the Three Lions running out winners by the odd goal.Croatia lost the game 1-0 thanks to the strike from Raheem Sterling in the second half. The result meant that the 2018 World Cup finalistsneed to get something out of the game against Czech Republic ahead of their final group game with Scotland and they did just that.
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MODRIC: I’M STILL HUNGRY FOR MORE TITLES WITH MADRID

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has insisted that he remains focused with the team and is still as hungry as ever to win more titles with the Spanish La Liga giants. The Croatia international midfielder was linked with an exit away from the Los Blancos at the end of last season, with reports claiming that Madrid president Florentino Perez was keen to offload the former Tottenham Hotspur star because he was already past 35 years of age.

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However, the former Spurs man only recently signed a new contract at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium and will be staying with the Galacticos for at least one more season, with his new deal set to expire in June 2022 (next year). The Croatian midfield star has now revealed that he feels fresh in a recent interview with the club’s website and that he is still looking forward to helping the club challenge for every single available trophy starting from next season.
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KOVACIC OUT OF MADRID CLASH AGAIN

Croatia player Mateo Kovacic won’t be available for the second leg of the Champions League last four tie with former club Real Madrid after failing to recover from the hamstring problem that has plagued him for several weeks.

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His absence for the Real Madrid game for a second time was confirmed by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday ahead of the second meeting with Spanish champions Real Madrid within the space of eight days.
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MILAN SUCCESSFULLY OVERTURN WINGER’S SUSPENSION

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli will be a happy man after his side were successful in their bid to overturn the suspension handed to the club’s Croatian winger Ante Rebic. The forward was initially handed a two-game ban as punishment after he received a red card in the defeat to Napoli some weeks ago, but he will be ready for their next match after his suspension was reduced.

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Rebic was initially supposed to serve a two-game suspension but having seen his punishment reduced and the ban reduced to one game, he will be in contention to face Sampdoria but he will miss their game against Fiorentina. He has also been given a fine of €15,000 for misconduct and the remarks he made towards the match official.
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DINAMO ZAGREB GET SPURS DRAW

Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb have been drawn with Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the Europa League after the draw for the round took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur is currently being managed by ex-Inter Milan, Real Madrid, FC Porto and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The North Londoners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season and Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb face an uphill battle to secure a place in the quarterfinals ahead of the Premier League team. Dinamo Zagreb were able to book their place in the round of 16 after beating Russian team FC Krasnodar home and away. The Croatia football club had beaten FC Krasnodar 3-2 away from home in the first leg before Croatia winger MislavOrsic scored the only goal of the game in the second leg to give Dinamo Zagreb a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their round of 32 tie and a 4-2 aggregate win. MislavOrsic scored his goal on 31 minutes and it was more than enough to take his team through to the next round of the Europa League. On their part, Tottenham Hotspur were more emphatic in dealing with Wolfsberger AC of Austria. Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale were all on target to give Spurs a comprehensive 4-0 win over their Austrian opponents at home on Thursday. Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius is on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica and he was responsible for two goals for his North London team. The win over Wolfsberger AC in the second leg made it 8-1 on aggregate for Tottenham Hotspur after they had won the first leg 4-1 away from home last week Thursday.Dinamo Zagreb will have their hands full in the round 16 over the two legs with Spurs.


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CROATIA DEFENDER DISAPPOINTED ABOUT FAILED TRANSFER

Croatia international defender DujeCaleta-Car was left disappointed after his club blocked a dream transfer to Premier League title holders Liverpool. DujeCaleta-Car plays his club football for Marseille in the French Ligue 1. The 24-year-old centre back was on the radar of Liverpool in the last days of the just concluded transfer window as the Reds try to bolster their centre back options for the rest of the season amidst the numerous injuries in that department.

Liverpool have been hit by a lot of long-term injuries in the centre back department and manager JurgenKlopp has had to manage with the experienced midfield duo of Jordan Henderson and Fabinhoin those centre back positions. JurgenKlopp has also employed the services of the inexperienced duo of  Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Philip in those centre back positions. Read more “CROATIA DEFENDER DISAPPOINTED ABOUT FAILED TRANSFER”