Dinamo Starting XI: (3-5-2): Livaković – Ristovski, J. Šutalo, Perić – Moharrami, Mišić, Ivanušec, Ademi, Ljubičić – Oršić, Petković
If you would have told me Dinamo would be sitting 2nd place in Champions League group stage after playing Chelsea and AC Milan, I would have called you crazy. But that’s the way it stands as Chelsea and Red Bull Salzburg played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge Wednesday night. After beating Chelsea 1-0 in Zagreb last week, Dinamo’s match versus AC Milan at San Siro should have been considered a bonus game being played with house money. A victory would have been miraculous. A draw should have exceeded all expectations.
Instead, a penalty kick right before halftime opened the floodgates in a 3-1 AC Milan win over Dinamo.
Dominik Livaković was not at fault for any of the three Milan goals. That’s always good. Mislav Oršić simply can’t stop scoring in big European matches. He has both of Dinamo’s goals in Champions League this year. And the jury is still out on Bruno Petković in my opinion.
At the end of the day, AC Milan were the better team start to finish even though Dinamo bottled their efforts for the first 44 minutes. Dinamo can’t be too mad on the day as they trailed Milan by only one goal with 30 minutes remaining in the match.
Dinamo’s next two matches against Red Bull Salzburg will define their European season. Arguably the two weakest sides in Group E, if Dinamo can grab four points from two matches versus Salzburg, they will be in prime position to finish third (for a Europa League knockout berth) or even better — Champions League Round of 16 in the New Year! Dinamo travel to Austria on October 5th with the return leg at Maksimir on October 11th.