Veteran Croatia national team skipper Luka Modric was largely anonymous before he was substituted during the second leg of the Champions League semifinal tie between his Real Madrid side and Manchester City. Croatia internationalModricbegan the second leg as part of a three-man midfield alongside Casemiro and Toni Kroos.
Croatia international Modric was unable to stop Real Madrid from trailing to a stunning strike from Algerian international RiyadMahrez. Modric was subbed off for young French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga with 15 minutes of regulation time left to play. He left the game two minutes after Mahrez gave Manchester City the lead to put them 5-3 ahead on aggregate. After the goal from Mahrez, Real Madrid needed two goals to force extra time or three goals to win the game with just seventeen minutes left on the clock. In the end, they were able to get the two goals to take the game into extra time. Read more “MODRIC LARGELY ANONYMOUS AGAINST CITY”
Croatia international Mateo Kovacic would be a major absentee for Chelsea when they take on London rivals West Ham United in a Premier League clash billed for Stamford Bridge this weekend. Croatianational team star Kovacic will miss the game as a result of the knee injury he sustained during the FA Cup semifinals last weekend.
The Croatian midfielder was an injury casualty at the end of the FA Cup semifinal clash with London rivals Crystal Palace which ended in a 2-0 victory for the West London giants thanks to the goals from the England international duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. Loftus-Cheek and Mount scored the goals in the second half to send Chelsea to their third successive FA Cup final. The reigning European champions would be hoping that they are third time lucky with the FA Cup final after losing the previous two. Two seasons ago, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice either side of the half-time break as Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1. Read more “KOVACIC OUT OF WEST HAM GAME”
Croatia national team star Nicola Vlasic was only a substitute as his West Ham United side boosted their top-four hopes with an impressive 1-0 win at home to rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are two of the teams battling to finish in the top four as far as this season’s Premier League campaign is concerned. The other teams in the fight are Manchester United and the London trio of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
West Ham United signed Croatia star Vlasic from Russian team CSKA Moscow in a £30m deal at the start of this season, but he has not been able to break into the starting XI on a consistent basis. A lot of his playing minutes in the Premier League this season have come as a substitute. Read more “VLASIC SUBBED ON AGAINST WOLVES”
Italian champions Inter Milan are reportedly sweating on the future of Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic at the club after he received an offer from Spanish La Liga side Barcelona. It was reported by Italian publication Calciomercato that the Catalans have made an offer to sign Brozovic on a free transfer in the summer. The Croatia international has less than six months on his contract with the Nerazzuri at the moment.
Inter Milan officials have been in talks with the player’s camp over the past months in a bid to agree a new deal, but that might no longer be possible with the reported interest from Barcelona. Inter Milan thought they have an agreement with the 29-year-old over a new four-year deal until the end of the 2025/26 season at €6m yearly salary, but the interest from Barcelona has put spanner in the works of that agreement. Read more “BROZOVIC: INTER SWEATING ON FUTURE”
Croatia international Nikola Vlasic was named in the starting XI for the FA Cup third round clash between his West Ham United side and Leeds United. West Ham United played hosts to the Whites at the London Stadium with a place in the fourth round up for grabs. Croatia national team star Vlasic started the game on the left side of the attacking midfield trio behind central striker Michail Antonio. The other two attacking midfielders were Argentine player Manuel Lanzini and Englishman Jarrod Bowen.
The FA Cup third round clash between West Ham United and Leeds United was an even contest until the hosts took the lead through the aforementioned Lanzini in the 34th minute. He capitalised on uncertain defending in the Leeds United ranks to give his team the lead. His goal was enough to give the Hammers a slender lead at the interval. Read more “FA CUP: VLASIC FEATURES FOR HAMMERS”
New Premier League moneybags Newcastle United have been handed a major transfer blow in their pursuit of Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic who plays his club football for Italian champions Inter Milan. Newcastle United are keen to bolster their squad in the winter transfer window and Croatia international Brozovic has emerged as a target for the club with reports claiming that Newcastle United are prepared to pay the Croatia star around£100,000 on a weekly basis if he agrees to join them.
Newcastle United have a new spending power following their £300m takeover by Public Investment Funds (PIF) from Saudi Arabia in October. Since the takeover, the Magpies have been on the trail of 29-year-old Brozovic who has been a transfer target for both Chelsea and Manchester United. The Inter Milan player was strongly linked with a move away from the San Siro in the summer, but he decided to stay for this season. To this effect, Brozovic will leave Inter Milan as a free agent best summer if the Nerazzuri don’t tie him down to a new deal. Read more “NEWCASTLE HÀNDED BROZOVIC TRANSFER BLOW”
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.
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”
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”
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.
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. Read more “VARANE SAYS FINAL FAREWELL TO REAL MADRID TEAMMATES”