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Croatians Around Europe XXIII

February 12, 2018


Kramarić celebrates his “double goal” day



Andrej Kramarić woke up from his winter slumber on Saturday when he scored twice for Hoffenheim in a 4-2 win over Mainz.  The 26 year-old striker got the start and cleaned up the trash in front of net in the 67th minute of the match for his first goal.



 Kramarić Goals/Match Highlights



Then in the 88th minute, Krama would line up a free kick from 30 yards out and curve the ball inside the left post to give Hoffenheim an insurance goal in the 4-2 win. With the victory, Hoffenheim sit five points behind a Champions League spot with 12 games remaining in the season.



Kramarić 30-yard Howler



05.02.2017, Fussball, 1. BL, Eintracht Frankfurt - SV Darmstadt 98

Ante Rebić scores for Frankfurt Saturday



Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ante Rebić got on the board Saturday, scoring the opening goal in the 15th minute of their 4-2 win over Cologne. Teammate Luka Jović did all the work taking the ball to the end line and putting a perfect pass to an open Rebić in front of net for the easy put-in. Rebić has been quiet lately but former Croatia manager Niko Kovač has Frankfurt in good position for a Champions League berth next season; currently holding the last spot by one point.



Luka Modrić got the start for Real Madrid on Saturday in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad. Modrić would assist off a corner kick on one of Ronaldo’s three goals on the day. Even with the win, Real Madrid still trail leaders Barcelona by 17 points. Ivan Rakitić and Barca have shown they are human in recent weeks; dropping points once again on Sunday to Getafe in a scoreless draw. Rakitić played the entire match with Barca, only leading second place Atletico Madrid by seven points now. Atletico defender Šime Vrsaljko played 90 minutes in a 1-0 clean sheet victory over Malaga. He has performed well and should be ready to start for Croatia at the World Cup.




Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 13 comments

  1. NK Susak says:

    Kramaric with 2 goals today. Hopefully he starts to snap out of this slump hes in after scoring last week also. Also Rebic, who can be a useful sub for the national team, scores for the second game in a row as well. Perisic needs to follow suit. Time for these guys to start putting meaningful minutes together. June is right around the corner.

  2. Ličan iz toronto says:

    I won’t give up on kramaric, he led us in the ukraine match, won’t forget that! Rebic seems to have gained confidence and good form as of late

  3. Iberico jamon says:

    Pjaca on the bench the whole game against Bayern. The Schalke coach is an imbecile. Any idiot can coach.

  4. The truth says:

    @ iberico
    It’s true. Just about anyone can coach. Still great pjaca made this move to Germany top learn about German benches. Him and Marko rog will dominate the bench industry when they go into business together

  5. Maminjo says:

    Dragan Bender and Mario Hezonja have been doing pretty damn good lately.

    Šarić has been excellent all season.

  6. The truth says:

    Hezonja looked like he was headed back to Europe only a couple months ago

    His playc lately has suggested something entirely different. Most promising about his play, is that hes, getting to the basket consistently, finishing and drawing fouls which he did none at the start of and was a major red flag on his draft profile coming in

    He has also dramatically improved his assist to turnover ratio, which probably also speaks to him finally having a more defined role and better rhythm.

    The switch to power forward seemd like his much better position in today’s nba

    Bender contunues to show promise and potential in a modern nba as a stretch big shooting something like 37 percent from the three. Still too many nights though where he does nothing but Chuck a couple threes… Still young though

  7. Andrej L says:

    Took in the Frankfurt game over the weekend. Rebic still looks to be forcing things by using his speed. He did have some nice touches here and there but doesn’t looked much improved since the last world cup. Considering he’s 24, I wouldn’t mind giving up his world cup spot to Brekalo or Halilovic (maybe).

  8. Maminjo says:

    Rebić is a depth player for us.

    There are too many better players on our National Team who can play on the wing. He’ll be useful in the qualifying cycle when we have injured or fatigued players, but I wouldn’t rely on him to do anything for us in a tournament.

    But yea, we have young players with potential to be very good (which you could justify giving his spot to). Neither he or those youngsters would play in this World Cup anyway.

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