Just when you thought it was over, Rijeka overtook Dinamo on Saturday at Maksimir, closing the gap between the clubs to six points with four matches to go.
Dinamo passed a tough test at Poljud last week, greatly increasing their odds of being once again crowned champions of Croatia, but they had one last difficult hill to climb when they hosted Rijeka this past weekend. Anything short of loss would have all but secured the title for the Modri.
But even without the league-leading scorer, Heber, Rijeka fought for a well-earned 1-0 victory at Maksimir and continue to pressure Dinamo to retain their title. It was Rijeka’s first win at Maksimir in eight years.
Rijeka’s goal came in the 39th minute from a goal-of-the -year candidate struck by Boadu-Maxwell Acosty. The Ghanian struck an absolute stunner from distance give Rijeka the ultimate lead.
Dinamo remains on top, six points clear of Rijeka.
Hajduk Split wasted a prime opportunity to continue their hunt for their first championship in 13 years, but dropped points away to Slaven in a scoreless draw. Hajduk were passed up by victorious Rijeka and now sit in third place, seven points behind Dinamo.
NK Osijek fell to NK Lokomotiva at Kranjceviceva on Saturday, but have secured a fourth place finish. They are 12 points a head of Inter Zapresic, but secured the spot with +15 goal differential.
NK Rudes may have secured safety for their club after earning their seventh win of the season over Cibalia. Rudes are now in eighth place, five points a head of the possible relegation spot, a spot occupied by NK Istra. Cibalia remains in 10th place.