Results for March 8-10, 2013
GNK DINAMO ZAGREB 0 – 0 NK OSIJEK
The ever-stingy Osijek defense struck again on Sunday, and held Dinamo scoreless at Maksimir for the second time this season.
Osijek have been thriving against Dinamo this year, achieving two scoreless draws at Maksimir, and recording one win at home.
A impenetrable defense is the key to stopping Dinamo, and Osijek have perfected it. The visitors kept a solid 10 men back at almost all times, and relied on the counter attack to gain their scoring opportunities.
Their scoring opportunities were few and far between though, as The Modri’s defense stood tall as well.
The real deciding factor of the game was goalkeeper Zvonimir Mikulić’s performance. Mikulić’s outstanding play denied everything Dinamo shot at him.
Ivan Krstanović’s chance on goal came in the 11th minute, when he headed a cross on goal, but Mikulić made an instant reaction save. He also denied a 1-on-1 against Fatos Beqiraj only minutes later to keep the match scoreless.
The 23-year-old keeper is a product of Osijek’s youth academy, and had several spells with NK Olimpija Osijek and NK Vukovar 1991, as well as several stints with Osijek in between those before becoming the club’s first choice as keeper.
Dinamo came close to scoring in the second half when youngster Alen Halilović hit one at the goal, but Mikulić’s finger-tip save denied him of the goal.
Dinamo’s other young rising star, Tin Jedvaj came close to scoring his first career professional goal, but was inches off and struck the post.
With the draw, the teams split the points, leaving Dinamo with a 12 point lead ahead of Hajduk and Lokomotiva. Osijek remains in seventh place.
Dinamo – Kelava – Vrsaljko, Jedvaj, Šimunić, Ibanez – Leko – Halilović (od 67. Brozović), Sammir, Ademi, Beqiraj (od 57. Pivarić) – Krstanović (od 78. Tomečak)
Osijek – Mikulić – Ibriks, Smoje, Leko, Lešković – Pušić, Kurtović – Jakovljević (od 54. Glavaš), Pongračić (od 90. Zulim), Kvržić – Blatnjak (od 90. Krstanović)
HNK HAJDUK SPLIT 1 – 2 NK ISTRA 1961
Hajduk Split has faced Istra five times since 2011 since last time they came out victorious.
Hajduk looked for redemption from the last match against Istra, which took all three points in their first meeting this season.
In the first minute of play, Ivan Vukušić was looking for glory early in the game. His opportunity for the goal was stopped by a big save from Istra keeper Antonio Ježina.
The Bili continued domination in the first half, until Istra responded with some offense of their own. Horvoje Milić challenged Hajduk keeper, Goran Blažević, and beat him from close range to go ahead 1-0.
Blažević received the start on Saturday after a small tiff between the keeper and the coach, Mišo Krstičević.
Krstičević planned on starting under 21 international, Lovru Kalinića, and putting Blažević on the bench, even though he has proved himself to be a top player for the club. Blažević, as well as Torcida were insulted by this decision. Torcida even showed up at a practice to voice their displeasure, but Krstičević did not attend the training session.
“No one puts pressure on me when about what players I choose to play. Not team management, not managers, not players. I decide who will play and who does not,” Krstičević said. “’Kalinić is the most promising young goalkeeper in the MAXtv First League, and I want him to stay with us next season. But I have to give him a chance to prove himself. If we sell Blažević, we must have an adequate replacement, and if we do not sell him, then they both fight for a place.”
Blažević has three years remaining on his contract.
“’I believe that I have well-defended my position, and that it should not be questioned. I did not get a concrete answer as to why the coach planned it, but he shouldn’t treat me like a useless players,” Blažević said.
Hajduk faced even more in the match trouble after Franko Adrijasević was sent off with a straight after a reckless tackle, and left his team with only 10 men on the field.
Istra was looking dangerous until they leveled the playing field with a send off of their own.
Istra midfielder and Chung Woon received his second yellow card of the game, and both teams played with 10 men.
With both teams even, Ivan Vukušić was able to find the back of the net and tie the game at one.
But Hajduk’s hopes of finishing the game with at least a point were quickly dashed when captain Fausto Budičin headed in a corner kick in the 81st minute to bring three points home to Pula.
“I’m really glad that we won the three points, especially for my guys because they deserve it. I am confident that this win give players extra confidence and security, which will be crucial in these last ten rounds,” Istra coach Igor Pamić said.
Hajduk : Blažević, Stojanović (od 74. Jakoliš), Milić (od 33. Plazonić), Vršajević, Andrijašević, Oremuš (od 33. Kouassi), Jozinović, Caktaš, Nižić, Vuković, Lima
Istra 1961 : Ježina, Sušić (od 74. Horvat), Čagalj, Budicin, Woon, Aganović, Obšivač, Anđelković (od 45. Hadžić), Milić, Roce, Križman (od 90. Zgrablić)
NK LOKOMOTIVA 4 – 1 NK ZADAR
NK Lokomotiva welcomed NK Zadar to Maksimir on Friday with a four-goal thrashing that ensured them three points and kept them in a tie for second place with Hajduk Split.
The two teams met each other only a week ago in Zadar, where the Lokosi were blanked 1-0, but the teams switched roles, and Lokomotiva came out victorious in front of a crowd of 250 in Zagreb.
The Lokosi went a head in the game when Tomislav Barbarić scored the opening goal in the 42nd minute. They expected to enter the half with a one-goal lead, but Marin Con quickly tied the game in the 45th minute.
That would be the majority of Zadar’s offense for the match, as Lokomotiva came out swinging, and dominated the remaining 45 minutes.
Ivan Boraš scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute, and was quickly followed my Leonard Mesarić in the 67th minute.
The game was capped off when league leader in goals, Andrej Kramarić scored his 13th goal of the season in the final minute of play.
HNK RIJEKA 2 – 1 NK INTER ZAPREŠIĆ
Matjaž Kek made is home debut as coach of Rijeka on Saturday, and came out victorious over Inter.
“I am pleased with the result and some of the things I saw. The player’s heads are in the right place. I am happy to applaud them,” Kek said after the game. “Call it a reward for the hard work and dedication. This game is over for me. I’ll talk to the players about it, but turn to the next. I’m not responsible for this victory, this is a victory for the team. They showed determination and courage to end the series with a win.”
Mislav Oršić made Kek sweat in front of his new fans when he opened the scoring for Inter in the first minute.
Rijeka was able to shake of the early blow, and scored in the 20th minute when Damir Kreilach tied it up.
The home team never looked back. Danijel Cesarec quickly doubled the lead with a goal of his own only six minutes later.
Inter pressed for the equalizer, but it proved to be elusive. Rijeka earned all three points and sit in a tie for fourth with RNK Split. Inter falls to the bottom of the table, and sit in 12th place.
Rijeka: Mance – Mierzejewski, Knežević, Marić, Škarabot – Alispahić (od 73′ Čulina), Brezovec, Kreilach, Jugović (od 84′ Čaval) – Cesarec (od 60′ Mutombo), Benko
Inter: Delač – Filipović, Bagarić, Rundić (od 46′ Radojičić), Herceg – Šarić, Milardović (od 60′ Kramarić), Pokrivač, Vujcic (od 64′ Hajradinović) – Oršić, Budimir
NK SLAVEN BELUPO 0 – 2 HNK CIBALIA
Slaven Belupo was shocked at home against a struggling Cibalia, and gave up two goals, and finished the match with only 10 men.
Slaven started off the season with high hopes of finishing on top of the league, but have been in recent poor form, currently stuck in a six-game win less streak.
Alan Maras added to the Pharmacists’ woes when his hand struck the ball in the penalty area, and received his second yellow card of the match. Cibalia was awarded the penalty and made the score 1-0.
Playing a man down, Slaven had trouble defending the net and let Cibalia score another goal, making it 2-0.
Cibalia would go to win the match and take all three points home to Vinkovci. They put those points to good use, as they now sit one point clear of the relegation zone.
After the match, Slaven coach Roy Ferenčina resigned from his position, and it was accepted by the Slaven management.
“We decided to take this step because we are not satisfied with the results in the first four rounds in the spring. With Ferenčina we parted mutually, and the coach of the team until further notice will be former sports director Roman Sović, who along with his assistant Pavo Crnace and goalkeeping coach Branko Balije led the training session today,” said Zvomimir Šimunović.
Slaven Belupo: Rodić, Purić, Kokalović, Bubnjić, Maras, Batarelo (od 46. Glavica), Jugović, Rak, Vugrinec (od 66. Grgić), Delić, Šaban (od 66. Pilipović).
Cibalia: Matković, Miloš, Mitrović, Župarić, Rugašević, Matoš, Mazalović (od 58. Jurić), Vitaić, Filipović (od 79. Terzić), Mišić, Bartolović (od 70. Puljić).
RNK SPLIT 4 – 1 NK ZAGREB
RNK Split remains dominant at home, and handed Zagreb a 4-1 beating at Youth Park.
Ante Rebić scored first for Split in the mini vječni derbi, but NKZ was able to respond with a goal of there own when Besart Abdurahimi hit the back of the net, and made it seem as if Zagreb would be able to hang in there with Split.
But Ciro’s Heros were unable to hang in much longer. Only minutes after Zagreb tied it up, Rebić scored again, shortly followed Henri Belle with another goal from a penalty kick.
Ante Erceg capped off the match with a goal of his own, and that did it for Zagreb.
The Poets dropped back into the relegation zone while Split sits in fourth place.