Both Nikola Kalinić and Ivan Strinić played the full 90 minutes for Dnipro Thursday night in their 3-2 come from behind victory versus AIK Stockholm. With Dnipro down early, Kalinić received a long down-field pass from Rotan in the 41st minute, took the ball down with a 360-degree trap and then slotted home for the equalizer. It was a well composed goal, one of only few for Kalinić this season.
With Dnipro once again down, this time in the second half, Strinić lofted a cross into the box in the 73′ with teammate Mandzyuk heading home for the 2-2 equalizer. Dnipro would score 10 minutes later on a Stockholm defensive error to win it 3-2 in Sweden. They have now won their first two Europa League matches with Italian club Napoli next on October 25th.
Kalinić goal @ 0:40, Strinić assist @ 2:05
Photo: Inter Milan
19 year-old former Hajduk Split youth player Marko Livaja received the start for Inter Milan and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijani champions FK Neftchi Baku. Livaja capped a 3-0 first half for the 2010 Champions League winners with a quick reflex header in front of goal. An Inter pass was deflected by a defender, and with the goalie out of net, Livaja quickly got to the ball to head into net. He nearly had a second one late in the second half, but his shot from 18 yards out was blocked by the keeper. It’s good to see Livaja getting some playing time for such a big club at such a young age.
Can we start calling Livaja the future of Croatian goal scoring?