Croatia #1 Dominik Livaković stood on his head once again for his second straight Europa League clean sheet against Nikola Vlašić and a very good CSKA Moscow side. Dinamo Zagreb has now played 180 minutes of scoreless Europa League ball in two action packed matches. CSKA knocked on the door all night long and Livaković did his part; saving seven Moscow shots which was led by the attack of Croatian teammate Nikola Vlašić. Dinamo could have easily bagged a goal themselves but will be happy with a point on the road in Russia. It will be a great confidence boost going into matches against now 1st place Austrian side Wolfsberger. Rijeka got pawned today by AZ losing 4-1. They were never in the match from the opening whistle.
Dinamo played out an action-packed 0-0 draw against Feyenoord last week at Maksimir. Rijeka were snake bitten by Real Sociedad in injury to lose 1-0 in their Europa League opener.
Thursday night, Dinamo Zagreb will take on Nikola Vlašić and CSKA (2PM ET) in Moscow in their second European match while Rijeka go to the Netherlands to take on AZ at 4PM ET. Both Croatian sides will need results or will find themselves deep in the standings before November matches even start. Draw for both sides should be considered a success.
Predictions: CSKA Moscow defeats Dinamo 2-0, AZ defeats Rijeka 1-0