Dinamo Zagreb played to an evenly-matched 1-1 draw against Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg Wednesday night. With Red Bull scoring first only seconds before the halftime whistle, Dinamo had to muster an all important away goal before returning to Zagreb.
In the 63′, Mario Mandžukić capitalized on a Red Bull defensive error to make the game 1-1. Dinamo put a long ball into the attacking third in which a Salzburg defender tried to chest the ball back to his goalkeeper. There wasn’t enough pace on his chest volley and Mandža quickly swooped in to chip the goalkeeper.
The game as a whole was pretty aggressive. There were multiple scoring opportunities for both sides as shots and crosses were being driven in from all over the field. Tomislav Butina and his counterpart did a fine job to keep the game at 1-1.
The game got a bit out of control in injury time when Mandžukić was being harassed by a Red Bull player while retrieving the ball. Even though the Salzburg player was completely at fault for the incident, Mandžukić completely took a sissy flop as he hit the ground. As he was waiting on the byline to re-enter the game after medical attention, the referee handed Mandžukić his second yellow of the match. He will not play in the second leg.
The match was called immediately after as a linesman was hit in the head with a bottle that was deflected off of Mandža’s head. I guess he at least deserves an assist for that.
In other Champions League news on the day, Darijo Srna and Shakhtar Donetsk barely came out with a 2-2 draw at home against FC Timisoara. Fernandinho saved them in the 86′.