Slaven Belupo was the last remaining winless club after six weeks of play, but that changed on the seventh try when the Pharmacists hosted NK Istra 1961. Slaven dealt Istra a 5-1 blow to kick off the match week on Friday. Two goals from Tomislav Božić, and a goal a piece from the ageless Ivan Krstanović, Nemanja Glavčić and Martin Boakye were more than enough to seal … [Read more...] about HNL Week 8 Update: Dinamo Cruising, Hajduk Fall
The HNL has been in full swing nd wrapped up its sixth week on Sunday, which featured Hajduk Split dealing out a 2-0 victory over Varaždin at Poljud. The match was played through monsoon conditions, but that did not hinder Adam Gyurcso from opening the game with a fourth-minute goal. Mijo Caktaš added some insurance in the 50th minute with a goal from the penalty … [Read more...] about HNL Update
Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Gorica are the last remaining teams to maintain a perfect three weeks into the new season. Dinamo defeated Osijek 4-1 on Sunday at Maksimir. Mario Gavranović opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Eros Grezda tied the match for Osijek, but the flood gates broke open with a 70th minute goal from Arijan Ademi plus two converted penalties in the … [Read more...] about Dinamo And Gorica Remain Perfect; Jelavić Joins Lokomotiva
The HNL returns after a brief break and the first week shined a light on how the season may be played out. Dinamo Zagreb began their defense of the title on Sunday with a 6-0 win over NK Lokomotiva. If this match showed anything, it showed that Lokomotiva is not the same team that finished the season with dramatic second place … [Read more...] about HNL Week 1 – It’s Back … Again!
The HNL is not known for its officiating, or for its budget-blasting spending, nor its modern stadiums nor even really its top play on the pitch, but this is just getting ridiculous. As previously asked last week on this site http://croatiansports.com/?p=37075 it appears teams are trying to avoid clinching the newly-awarded second Champions League … [Read more...] about HNL Week 33: What Is Even Going On?
Dinamo Zagreb have secured another Prva Liga title this weekend, despite playing to a 0-0 draw against HNK Gorica on Saturday. A win would have secured the trophy, but the draw forced the Plavi to wait an extra day while NK Lokomotiva officially secured it for them with a 3-2 victory over Hajduk Split as well as a little help from Slaven Belupo who defeated Rijkea … [Read more...] about HNL Week 30: DINAMO ARE CHAMPIONS
NK Varaždin has now recorded four victories in 29 matches this season; two of those victories have been against Dinamo Zagreb and now Hajduk Split. Not to mention, stealing a point from HNK Rijeka only last week. Week 29 kicked off on a Tuesday this week, with the first match featuring a rare win for NK Istra 1961. Istra defeated NK Inter Zaprešić 2-0 on Tuesday … [Read more...] about HNL Week 29: Varaždin, The Giant Killers (UPDATED)
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 … [Read more...] about HNL Week 28
Has anyone ever been so happy to see the return of the Prva Liga? After a miserably wet and quarantined weekend, I was on edge waiting for the kickoff between NK Lokomotiva and NK Osijek on Sunday afternoon. Popped a beer and turned on a surprisingly-HD stream of the match at an empty Kranjčevićeva between two sides dukeing it out in hopes of clinching second … [Read more...] about HNL Matchweek 27