Isuse! Dinamo Zagreb defeat Chelsea 1-0 at Maksimir on the opening night of Champions League!
Mislav Oršić is officially the “English Killer” with another fantastic goal following a 60-yard run down field with a cheeky touch to finish. Oršić now has a hat trick against Tottenham to knock them out of Europa League two years ago. A wunder-strike against West Ham last year. And now the winner against 2021 Champions League winners, Chelsea, to add to his résumé. If I were an English club, I would sign him immediately. The guy always shows up!
Dinamo withheld the Chelsea attack for 90 minutes and their 61% ball possession. Chelsea had a goal called off due to a tight offside call but the right call. Ristovski had a missile shot bang off the post that could have buried the game at 2-0.
The Champions League returns to Zagreb Tuesday night when Chelsea come to town! 12:45PM (ET) kickoff.
This is now the fourth straight year a Premiership club has come to Zagreb. Three years ago, Manchester City visited in the Champions League group stage. Two years ago, Dinamo beat Tottenham 3-0 in extra time and ousted them from the Europa League Round of 16. Last year, West Ham beat Dinamo 2-0 in the Europa League group stage. Dinamo won 1-0 in London. Now it’s Chelsea’s turn.
Mateo Kovačić will return to his old stomping ground finally back to full health after starting the season injured. Chelsea are coming off a hard fought 2-1 victory over West Ham at the weekend but are not in good form to start the Premiership season with only 10 points from their first six matches. So who knows if Dinamo can pull off some more Maksimir magic Tuesday night.
Dinamo are cruising in the HNL and qualified for the Champions League group stage. There’s not much more you can ask from them this early in the season.