Round 11 of the 2021-22 Prva Liga season was nothing short of exciting. 25 goals were scored in the 5 matches played during the weekend, including Dinamo Zagreb’s 8-0 blowout over last place Hrvatski Dragovoljac and Rijeka’s thrilling 6-3 victory over Istra 1961.
Sitting in 7th place, Šibenik hosted 5th placed Gorica to open the round. Gorica’s 20 year-old Croatian Toni Fruk scored a brace to lead his side to a 2-1 victory. Antonio Marin, also 20 years of age, continued his outstanding form for Šibenik, assisting the only goal scored by the home side. Man of the match: Toni Fruk
Lokomotiva Zagreb, currently in 6th place, hosted 9th place Slaven Belupo on Saturday. The home side demolished Slaven’s defense, slotting three goals into the back of the net, winning 3-0. Slaven were unable to score against Lokomotiva in the eight shots they attempted. 18 year-old Croatian Lukas Kačavenda scored and assisted in his side’s victory, again proving his talent and potential. Sandro Kulenović and Silvio Goričan scored the other two goals for the Lokosi. Man of the match: Lukas Kačavenda
A total of nine goals were scored in Istra’s matchup against 1st place Rijeka. 8th placed Istra’s three goals were not enough to win the match, as Rijeka’s offense plummeted the Istra backline with six goals. Domagoj Pavičić recorded two goals for the Riječani, and 18 year-old Croatian Mateo Lisica scored his first goal for Istra. Man of the match: Domagoj Pavičić
Dinamo Zagreb, sitting behind Rijeka in 2nd place by one point with a game in hand, demolished Hrvatski Dragovoljac 8-0 at Maksimir. The Modri made Dragovoljac wish they were never promoted to the Prva Liga, outpassing them by nearly 500 passes and possessing the ball 76% of the match. Josip Mišić opened the scoreline with a fantastic free-kick goal. 19 year-old Croatian Marko Bulat scored the seventh goal for Dinamo Zagreb, and 18 year-old Croatian Martin Baturina assisted twice, proving why he should stay in Dinamo’s first team. Vatreni newcomer Luka Ivanušec also recorded a goal and as assist. Hrvatski Dragovoljac remain in last place. Man of the match: Luka Ivanušec
The last match of the action packed 11th round ended in a 1-1 tie between Osijek and Hajduk Split. Osijek opened the scoreline in the ninth minute thanks to a wondergoal scored by the Hungarian László Kleinheisler. Hajduk’s own Hungarian, Gergo Lovrencsics, answered in the 19th minute, assisted by 19 year-old Croatian striker Marin Ljubičić. The two sides split possession of the ball at 50%, yet Osijek recorded 10 more shots than Hajduk in the match. Hajduk’s goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić made seven saves to keep his side to a draw. Man of the match: Lovre Kalinić