Another exciting edition of the Eternal Derby is in the books!
Statistically, Dinamo absolutely dominated the first half of the match with 9 shots and 73% ball possession. Baturina, Ademi, and Špikić created chances from every angle of the pitch, but Petković again struggled to find the back of the net. Hajduk took advantage of Dinamo’s poor finishing in the 45+2′, as Jani Atanasov hit a beautiful strike past Dominik Livaković from about 25 yards out. Although the goal was completely against the run of play, Hajduk entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.
In the 61′, brand new signing Chidozie Awaziem made a mistake that will haunt Hajduk fans for the remainder of the season. The defender gave the ball away in the middle of his own box, and 19 year-old wunderkind Martin Baturina made him pay by blasting the ball into the top of the net. Only three minutes later, Dario Špikić pinged a gorgeous cross to Arijan Ademi who headed home to take the lead. After the captain’s finish, everything fell apart for Hajduk.
In the 84′, Baturina and Stefan Ristovski combined for a beautiful play which resulted in a two-touch finish by substitute Amer Gojak. Dinamo sealed the victory seven minutes later as Mislav Oršić beat Lovre Kalinić with a deflected shot into the bottom left corner. Hajduk put up a good fight, but Dinamo completely dominated the match from the first whistle.
Hajduk insider Pave Alebić gave us his thoughts on the derby. “First half went as perfect as it could have for Hajduk, Dambrauskas went with a defensive/counter-attack approach and it paid off. But in the end, Dinamo was by far the better side for the entire half. Lovre Kalinić was unstoppable in goal and kept the game tight, and the Čolina clearance off the post was pure luck. Dinamo could have easily been up a goal or two at the half but the cards were not in their favor. Atanasov’s lovely goal came at the perfect timing, right before the halftime whistle which should have given the boys momentum going into the second half. Unfortunately, that second half was all Dinamo. The four-minute collapse when Dinamo took the 2-1 lead (right as Hajduk made 3 subs) made it a very difficult final 30 minutes. If Awaziem doesn’t make that “Harry Maguire” type mistake on the first goal, maybe the game goes in our favor. But this is footy and you cant go based off of what ifs. Hajduk had a couple chances to tie it at two a piece, most notably Livaković’s poke on the Livaja chance, but it just was not meant to be. From then on out, it was all Dinamo and they punished us 4-1. In the end, the better side won, and the difference in quality was clear”.
Alebić’s Five Key Takeaways:
- Letting Baturina go at a young age will be another Modrić type mistake for Hajduk which will haunt us for years to come, what a player he is.
- Krovinović was a ghost in a game where we needed him to shine.
- Grgić and Atanasov getting the yellow cards killed us, as they were forced to be substituted for Vuković who does not belong on the pitch whatsoever.
- This is the second time that Dambrauskas has tried three in the back, and in both games Hajduk lost by a total of 7-1.
- Lastly, Dambrauskas resting starters like Melnjak, Mikanović, and Sahiti this early in the season is scary considering we are only five games into the season. They are more than capable of playing 90 minutes 2-3 times within 10 days this early on in the year.
CroatianSports “Man of the Match”: Martin Baturina – the 19 year-old put on another masterclass tonight against his club’s biggest rival. The youngster scored, completed about 93% of his passes, and connected on six long balls. Baturina is one to watch.