The Croatian domination of the footballing world continues in style.
Dinamo Zagreb displayed a different class of football against an unsuspecting Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Tuesday evening, who left Zagreb after a five-goal thumping. The second leg of the second leg of the Champions Leg qualifiers will take place on Tuesday, July 31
Goals scorers ranged from newcomer Izet Hajrović who opened the floodgates in the 20th minute with his debut goal as a member of the Modri to veterans like Arijen Ademi, who tallied two goals on the night. Mislav Oršić and Armin Hoždić both registered a goal in the match.
Dinamo has brought on several reinforcements that have evidently paid off; additions such as defenders Kévin Théophile-Catherine and Emir Dilaver have helped solidify an impressive back line, and goal scoring additions like Hajrović and Lovro Majer will make Dinamo a force not to be taken lightly.
The 5-0 is coming off the high experienced by Croatia after the unprecedented display on the world stage. Though no current Dinamo players participated in the most recent tournament, Croatia’s heart and sole and been passed down from the Vatreni to the Modri.
Hajduk Split is looking to use some of that passion themselves, who will be facing off in the second round of qualifiers tomorrow against Slavia Sofia. Hajduk is expected to advance to the next round, but must take the match with all due caution.
NK Osijek will look to continue their winning ways in the Europa League, bu face the toughest challenge of all. They will travel to Glasgow to take on the new and improved Rangers Football Club in the first leg of the second round of Europa League qualifiers. Though victory is attainable, Rangers will prove to be a difficult task for the boys from the Garden City.
HNK Rijeka await the start of the third round of Europa League qualifying.