Domžale needed a miraculous win in Zagreb Wednesday night if they were going to keep their Champion’s League campaign alive. Well, they didn’t quite make it. Dinamo easily took care of the Slovenian side, 3-2, and wins the two-legged series 6-2 on aggregate. Goals by captain Igor Bišćan (17′), former Hajduk star Mirko Hrgović (50′) and Dino Drpić (83′) were enough for the one goal win.
Domžale was brave enough to tie the game on two occasions (29′,81′) but it was not near enough of an effort to get them the result they needed. Dinamo Zagreb fly to Donetsk next week to face Ukrainian champs, Shakhtar Donetsk, who are captained by Croatian international, Darijo Srna. The official date has not yet been set but is expected to be August 12th or 13th. This will be the 3rd and final qualifying round for Champion’s League before Group Stage starts September 16th. Should Dinamo upset the Ukrainian side, it will be the first time since the 1999-2000 season that a Croatian team has made it to the Champion’s League Group Stage. Dinamo Zagreb (then called Croatia Zagreb) only managed one win in the group against the likes of Manchester United, Marseille and Sturm Graz.
Stay tuned as this is where Champion League games get interesting.