Current Croatian champions, Dinamo Zagreb and Croatian Cup champions Hajduk Split entered Maksimir in hopes of adding some new silverware to their already extensive collection of trophies.
Saturday marked the annual Super Cup competition where the two champions face each other to determine who is the stronger side. Dinamo was determined to win another trophy after a lackluster performance in this year’s Croatian Cup, and Hajduk was eager to prove that they are still a top club in the league.
The two teams have won the competition five times, and were both runners up three times. No other club has won the Super Cup since its inception in 1992.
Dinamo’s Duje Čop opened the scoring in the first half after a long bout of possession by the home team. Čop’s goal would allow Dinamo to take the lead into the second half until Dinamo defender Lee Addy took down Jean Evrard Kouassi in the penalty area. Ivan Čaktaš just barely got the ensuing penalty shot passed keeper Pablo Migliore, who guessed correctly, but was unable to make the save.
With the score tied after 90 minutes, penalties were necessary to determine a winner.
Dinamo players went four-for-four in PK’s with Josip Šimunić, Duje Čop, Alen Halilović, and newcomer, Domagoj Antolić all scoring from the spot, but the real hero was also a newcomer to Zagreb.
Pable Migliore made his official debut and won his first Croatian silverware on Saturday with Dinamo. Migliore made a crucial save on Ivan Tomičić’s penalty attempt, after Goran Jozinović shot his penalty attempt off target.
Dinamo sent out several other players who made their debut with the club. El Arbi Hillel Soudani and Junior Fernandes both played their first competitive match with the club against Hajduk.
The 2013/14 HNL season will be starting up in the coming days. Dinamo open their season on Friday, July 12 against Osijek, and Hajduk will travel to Zadar on Saturday, July 13.
Dinamo: Migliore – Jedvaj, Addy, Šimunić, Ibanez – Ademi – Soudani, Brozović (od 90. Kramarić), Husejinović (od 68. Antolić), Fernandes (od 77. Halilović) – Čop
Hajduk: Kalinić – Vršajević, Milić, Milović, Jozinović – Anđelković – Kouassi, Pašalić (od 69. Susic), Caktaš, Mujan (od 85. Mikanović) – Kiš (od 55. Tomičić)