This week’s match week kicked off on Thursday with Inter Zaprešić hosting HNK Gorica, who handed the hosts a 3-0 thumping. Kristijan Lovrić scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute while Ogdjen Mudrinkski scored a double late in the match.
It is known that Inter Zaprešić, through already struggling to fend off relegation late in the season, failed to obtain a license for the first league for the 2020/2021 season. Spirits presumably would be low as well as their incentive to contend in any further matches. However, today is the deadline for Inter to file an appeal of the decision, and may find their fate by as early as this afternoon or tomorrow. Inter is the only first division club that failed to obtain the license.
NK Istra 1961 and Hajduk Split faced off later that afternoon at Aldo Drosina. Hajduk secured the victory with the minimum required after a 6th minute goal from Mijo Caktaš. The goal marked Caktaš’ 13th goal of the season.
Friday featured a disappointing scoreless draw from Rijeka while facing Varaždin. Though the single point helped Varaždin jump Inter Zaprešić on the table, it allowed Rijeka to fall behind Hajduk and remain two points from falling further down the table.
Friday also featured the Zagreb derby, which saw its first upset since May 2018. NK Lokomotiva took the match 1-0 after a 90th minute penalty scored by Marko Tolić. The penalty stemmed from a foul committed by Nikola Moro, who was sent off after being shown his second yellow card of the match. Tolić calmly put the penalty away for the Lokomotiva’s first victory of Dinamo in over two years.
Slaven Belupo and NK Osijek played to a lackluster scoreless draw on Saturday. Each team had its chances, but the finishing was lacking, creating a frustrating atmosphere for both sides. In a match that was controlled more by Slaven, neither team was able to crack the other and settled for a draw. After watching the 90 minutes, the two sides could have played 90 more and still would have failed to score.