Croats in Champions League: Vlašić, Kramarić, and Mandžukić Score for Clubs

Daniela Rogulj

Three Croatian footballers entered the list of Champions League goalscorers on Tuesday, as part of the elite European club competition’s fifth round.

With the slightest victory over Valencia (1:0), Juventus secured placement into the second round of the Champions League, and the man to thank is Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić, reports HNS on November 27, 2018.

In the 59th minute, a cross from Ronaldo found the boot of Mandžukić, who was perfectly positioned in front of the goal to touch the ball in for a solid three points. The former Croatia national team player was on the pitch for the entire match.

Before the final round, Juventus has 12 points, which is two more than Manchester United and seven more than third-placed Valencia.

German club Hoffenheim welcomed Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday who scored two goals very early on into the match – Ismaily and Taison found the back of the net in the 14th and 15th minutes.

However, their shutout didn’t last long. Croatia’s Andrej Kramarić came out in front of the opposing goalkeeper and effectively lobbed a shot to the top right corner of the net, reducing the score to 1:2. Hoffenheim soon equalized at 2:2 with a goal by Zuber just before the half.

Kramarić also played from start to finish, and before the final round of the group stage, where the German club will play Manchester City away, they are the last on the table with three points.

CSKA Moscow hosted Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, and after only ten minutes of play, Nikola Vlašić hit a perfect penalty for the hosts. In the second half, however, the Czech club reversed the result, and Prochazka and Hejde defeated CSKA 1:2. 

Vlašić played all 90 minutes, as did Kristijan Bistrović. CSKA and Viktoria will fight for third place in the group in the final round – the Moscow club will visit Modrić at Real Madrid, and Viktoria will play at home against Ćorić’s Roma.

Real Madrid defeated Roma 2:0 on Tuesday. Luka Modrić played 81 minutes, and Ante Ćorić came in from off the bench in the 64th minute. Niko Kovač’s Bayern Munich defeated Benfica 5:1 at home, while Filip Krovinović remained on the bench for the Portuguese club. Marko Livaja, because of two yellow cards, was excluded in AEK’s home defeat to Ajax (0: 2).

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