It was an absolute roller coaster of a game as Dinamo Zagreb opened up their Europa League campaign at Maksimir Thursday night against Dutch club Feyenoord. Although the match ended in a scoreless draw, the match could have easily gone 2-0 for either club. In the eighth minute, Croatia #1 keeper, Dominik Livaković, saved a rocket of a penalty shot to keep the game level. Arjen Ademi argued that Dinamo should have had a penalty of their own in the 2nd half, but for some weird reason, there is no VAR in the Europa League group stage.
In the 73rd minute, Feyenoord had a player sent off as Dinamo pressed like a team on a mission, however, the goal never came. Dinamo will spilt the points with Feyenoord, and although they will be disappointed, it won’t be an incredible loss as the other match in Group K – CSKA Moscow vs. Wolfsberger – also ended in a draw.
Livaković Save & Match Highlights
Rijeka will be dissappointed with their 1-0 loss to La Liga’s Real Sociedad; but shouldn’t be. Rijeka went toe-to-toe with a very good Spanish side who now have former Manchester City player, David Silva, and did not concede a goal until injury time in the 1-0 loss. On top of that, Rijeka almost bagged a goal on multiple occasions against a much better Sociedad team on the day. Although Rijeka were only three minutes away from chopping the points, it will be a fantastic confidence boost moving forward in Europa League and HNL matches the rest of the year.