Another breathtaking round of Prva Liga football is in the books!
In one of the most entertaining matches of the season, Hajduk Split shocked Rijeka in the Adriatic Derby in dramatic fashion. The one-and-only Marko Livaja opened the scoreline for Hajduk in the 45th minute, slamming the ball into the roof of the net from the corner of the six-yard box. Hajduk’s lead did not last long, as Rijeka striker Josip Drmić answered in the 54th minute, sending a header past Hajduk goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić. Later in the second half, Robert Murić converted a penalty in the 79th minute to give Rijeka a 2-1 lead. Just as things were looking good for Rijeka, Hajduk were awarded a penalty on the other end of the field less than five minutes after Rijeka’s second goal. Marko Livaja slotted the penalty into the back of the net, scoring his second goal of the match. Seven minutes of stoppage time were added to the original 90, due to excessively long VAR checks. The added time worked in Hajduk’s favor, as Jan Mlakar found the back of the net in the 98th minute of play, silencing Rijeka’s Armada. Hajduk escaped with a 3-2 victory over their Adriatic rivals.
CroatianSports’ Man of the Match: Marko Livaja
Another contender for ‘match of the year’ was played out at Aldo Drosina between Istra and Šibenik. In-form Marin Jakoliš gave Šibenik the lead in the 38th minute with luck on his side, as his left-footed shot found the back of the net off a nasty deflection. Istra answered quickly, as left-back Luka Marin neatly finished a magnificent cross from 18 year-old Mateo Lisica. A clutch penalty save by Šibenik’s Lovre Rogić in the 59th minute led to his side’s second goal of the match, as Ivan Delić scored a rocket from the edge of the 18-yard box two minutes later. Ivan Delić scored his second goal of the match in the 72nd minute, finishing a messy play inside the box to give Šibenik a 3-1 lead. 19 year-old Dion Drena Bejlo sparked some hope for Istra in the 82nd minute, tapping in a poorly hit shot from the top of the box. Momentum came in handy for Istra, as Robert Mišković tied the match in the 87th minute with a 25-yard stunner. Dropping our jaws even more, Marin Jakoliš stunned Istra in the 97th minute, finding the back of the net off a free kick. Jakoliš’ second goal of the match gave Šibenik three crucial points.
CroatianSports’ Man of the Match: Marin Jakoliš
In the most highly anticipated matchup of the weekend, reigning champions Dinamo Zagreb drew the mighty Osijek in a very underwhelming match. Ivan Fiolić opened the scoreline early for Osijek in the 16th minute, finishing a breakaway chance with his left foot. Dinamo’s backline was completely exposed on the play. Despite holding possession of the ball for 80% of the match, Dinamo did not answer until the 80th minute, as Bruno Petković scored a remarkable header off a great set piece cross. Despite shooting the ball 21 times during the match, Dinamo were unable to score a second, and were held to a 1-1 draw at Maksimir.
CroatianSports’ Man of the Match: Bruno Petković
Gorica and Lokomotiva Zagreb played out an eventful draw in Velika Gorica on Saturday. 20 year-old Toni Fruk opened the scoreline for Gorica in the second minute of action, neatly prodding in a fast-break opportunity. Croatia U-21 international Jurica Pršir added another goal to the scoreboard for Gorica in the 24th minute with a magnificent diving header from inside the box. Lokomotiva made things interesting ten minutes later, as Ibrahim Aliyu finished a terrific cross from Ivan Milićević. Lokomotiva stuck again in the 60th minute, thanks to a terrific finish from former Croatia international Josip Pivarić. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, a solid result for both sides.
CroatianSports’ Man of the Match: Josip Pivarić
Hrvatski Dragovoljac found themseleves in the loss column again this weekend, falling short to an underachieving Slaven Belupo side. Antonio Bosec found the back of the net early for Slaven, curling in a shot from the top of the six yard box. HNL legend Ivan Krstanović calmly converted a penalty for Slaven seven minutes later, doubling his side’s lead within the first ten minutes of the match. Valentino Majstorović converted a penalty of his own for Dragovoljac in the 73rd minute, although it would not be enough for his side as Slaven escaped with a crucial 2-1 victory. Slaven and Dragovoljac are currently battling each other to avoid relegation into the Druga Liga.
CroatianSports’ Man of the Match: Antonio Bosec
Why would he go to bloody Seattle of all the places luka could go to
I expect him to completely finish his career in Madrid
Going out like the legend he is
Maybe get an assistant coach job for the repka like the way it goes
As long as it’s not lovren coaching our D;)
Was wondering what that shit was. Got it from a friend. Not a Bosanac
Thanks for the analysis and highlights! It seems like the HNL is finally looking competitive…this is great for the development of our homegrown talent.
Where can we watch the games live?
It gets you all Arenasport channels, which televise HNL.
Instead of posting on crosports from his mums basement, like proper croats, he trains hard and leads the line for hajduk and our beloved vatreni..what a loser!! 😄
Let me guess..he doesnt live the zds lifestyle? 😂
Livaja is a really good player. There seems to be a lot of hate for him on this site. Why? What did he do to make himself such a “bum”? I think he has done really well for the vatreni in recent matches. He has scored goals and his link up play is excellent. What’s the problem?
The problem is that there are much better players behind him.
Livaja being on Hajduk is the reason why he got the start against Slovenia in Poljud, and it was the reason he was first off the bench against Russia in Poljud.
If he was still at AEK Athens, he probably would not have been called up. Same goes for guys like Vida and Barišić, who got the start in their hometown Osijek over a player like Sosa (against Slovakia).
These guys may be decent, but they’re nowhere near the same level as the guys we have on the bench. You play your best possible lineup in these critical games. This is unquestionable.
It’s nice to pander to the home crowd, but we drew Slovakia and we almost drew Russia (both at home) which could have ended our tournament. If we didn’t manage to get that late goal against Russia, we would all be having a different conversation right now.
Yes maminjo. It’s obvious that dalic has been trying to use this method of gaining some crowd enthusiasm by playing home players. The worst was skoric on osijek vs wales which nearly cost us the game. However in the case of livaja I would look at his performances which I think have been excellent. A player is as good as they perform, no better no worse. It doesnt matter what club a player plays for or how big their contract is or how well known they are across Europe, it only matters how well they play for us. Livaja scored against Slovenia no? He scored against Cyprus. He assisted against Malta, and what a brilliant assist it was. He is doing the business. He is a player who can receive the ball with his back to goal, use his strength to hold it and he is a very good passer and finisher. He is a good player, why shouldn’t we use him? As long as his attitude is right..
Sure, but we utterly dominated those games and Livaja is not the type that can impact a game. He’s the type that can just fit in with the group. You could probably put any decent HNL player in there with our key starters, and they may play well and not look out of place…but it doesn’t mean you should.
Barisic also had a good game in Osijek against Slovakia…however, I believe Sosa has more impact in games, and would have sent more dangerous crosses in there (quite possibly being the exfactor in us winning the game).
Livaja is the type of player that, if our team is not particularly dominating the game, then adding him to the mix does little to change things.
He’s not like Perisic who (out of nowhere) will score a game-tying goal, like he did against England at the World Cup, when the game is flat.
I think a player like Majer has more impact, and having him sit on the bench (behind Livaja) is not good.
He seems like he can change the game. Livaja can’t.
This may be fine against the Russias and the Slovakias (where we dominate), but I don’t want this to become a habit and we actually try this at the World Cup. Livaja would be a wasted sub.
well said Maminjo | strong logical explanation
and you can elaborate it with some fact |:_)
but the pure logic with me as I swear to God
Dalic is absolutely Stupid – d0n’t trust him _o
Don’t expect an easy route again |:I how about ->
Brazil Portugal Croatia Australia |(for death group)I
What Dalic can do with someone like Lovren or Livaja?
or he might put Pasalic or Vlasic to the RW over Majer!!
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The fix was in for the Jadranski derbi. You heard it here first.