There's too much to unpack in one post, but after a prolonged absence, one might look at the current HNL table and wonder what happened in 2020. It helps to summarize it in each team's recent form; Dinamo may still top the table, but have recently lost to NHL Sibenik and tp Rijeka and are tied with Osijek on points for the top spot. Osijek have been using their secret weapon, … [Read more...] about HNL Race Is On Fire
Although the scoreline read 3-1 in Dinamo Zagreb's favor Wednesday night in a victory over Hajduk, the Croatian champions have plenty to gripe about. Within 10 minutes of each other the 1st half, Dinamo should have easily received two penalty kicks. Instead, nothing was called and play went on. Oršić scored a wunder-gol in the 16' and bagged the brace two minutes later. … [Read more...] about Does Dinamo Have A Case With Two Missed Penalty Calls?
Slaven Belupo was the last remaining winless club after six weeks of play, but that changed on the seventh try when the Pharmacists hosted NK Istra 1961. Slaven dealt Istra a 5-1 blow to kick off the match week on Friday. Two goals from Tomislav Božić, and a goal a piece from the ageless Ivan Krstanović, Nemanja Glavčić and Martin Boakye were more than enough to seal … [Read more...] about HNL Week 8 Update: Dinamo Cruising, Hajduk Fall
The HNL has been in full swing nd wrapped up its sixth week on Sunday, which featured Hajduk Split dealing out a 2-0 victory over Varaždin at Poljud. The match was played through monsoon conditions, but that did not hinder Adam Gyurcso from opening the game with a fourth-minute goal. Mijo Caktaš added some insurance in the 50th minute with a goal from the penalty … [Read more...] about HNL Update
Dinamo Zagreb are already through to the Europa League Playoff Round after their Champions League exit but three other Croatian Prva Liga teams will contest to join them after Thursday. Rijeka begin their European season when they host Ukrainian club FC Kolos Kovalivka. Lokomotiva lost to Rapid Wien in the Champions League qualifying round and will now face Swedish club Malmo … [Read more...] about Rijeka Through After Extra Time Win; Hajduk, Lokomotiva Out Of Europa
More to come throughout the day as Hajduk Split and NK Osijek begin their Europa League qualifying matches Thursday. Hajduk travels to Macedonia to take on Renova at 9:30AM (ET) while Osijek host Swiss club Basel at 2:45PM (ET). Both ties will be determined in 1-leg due to COVID and travel restrictions. Predictions: Hajduk beats Renova … [Read more...] about Hajduk Beats Renova 1-0, Osijek Out After 2-1 Loss To Basel
The HNL returns after a brief break and the first week shined a light on how the season may be played out. Dinamo Zagreb began their defense of the title on Sunday with a 6-0 win over NK Lokomotiva. If this match showed anything, it showed that Lokomotiva is not the same team that finished the season with dramatic second place … [Read more...] about HNL Week 1 – It’s Back … Again!
It was a wild finish to the Croatian Prva Liga season as Lokomotiva and Osijek locked horns on the final day to determine who would go to Champions League qualifying. Osijek needed an outright win to finish second but an 88th minute Danijel Lončar own goal would send Lokomotiva (basically Dinamo Zagreb's 2nd team) to a 2-1 victory. That goal would have put Rijeka through, but … [Read more...] about Lokomotiva Grab 2nd Place, CL Berth With 2 Minutes Left In Season
For the first time, I think ever, the 1. HNL has two Champions League places up for grabs. Whoever gets these places will still have to go through the qualifying stages to get into the group stage for the 2020-21 European season, but even so, it is a great opportunity for Croatian soccer as a whole. Dinamo Zagreb already has the first spot locked up after recently being crowned … [Read more...] about Why Does No Club Want The Second Croatian Champions League Spot?