With the help of Soudani, the referee, and a last-second penalty, Dinamo Zagreb squeezed three points out of bottom-dwelling HNK Cibalia to maintain second place. Dinamo led 1-0 in the 72nd minute when Amir Hodzic broke the long-standing scoreless match, but Cibalia stunned the crowd in Vinkovci with a goal in the 87th minute. All looked to end in a 1-1 draw until El … [Read more...] about HNL Week 22
Spring has returned ... at least here in Florida, and that means the HNL is back in action. Today marked the restart of the league after a long bleak winter and it kicked off with a match featuring NK Istra 1961 defeating NK Lokomotiva 1-0. Goran Roce scored the lone goal via the penalty spot in the 29th minute. Istra just returned home after a warm … [Read more...] about HNL Spring Season Begins: Sammir Returns to Dinamo, Rijeka Remain on Top
El Arbi Hillel Soudani struck a wundergol on Sunday suitable for any league, level or country of play during Dinamo’s 3-1 win over NK Lokomotiva. The goal was properly assisted by youngster Borna Soša, who showed quite a bit of skill on his own in order to send the cross to Soudani. Soudani also scored the opening goal of the match while Ivan Fiolić scored his first goal … [Read more...] about HNL Week 19, Hrvatski Kup, and a Regional League?
Dinamo dashed the hopes and dreams of NK Osijek on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat that dropped the surging team back to fourth place. Osijek have been on the up-and-up all season, signing prominent names along the way, but without top scorer Muzafer Eupi, who was out with an ankle injury, Osijek couldn’t find a goal to counter Dinamo’s offense. It took until first-half … [Read more...] about HNL Week 17: Rijeka and Dinamo Battle for First, Torcida Throws Flowers, RNK Split has fans?
For the fourth time in the last five meetings, Dinamo Zagreb has defeated Inter Zaprešić with the score of 1-0. Ante Čorić scored the game’s only goal in the ninth minute and his second of the season. Čorić will also be part Ante Čaćić’s squad to face Northern Ireland and Iceland in November. Čorić’s goal came from a clever free kick that let the Inter defense … [Read more...] about HNL Week 14
It was a rough weekend for the away teams, who collectively scored zero goals in any match. Dinamo Zagreb hosted Cibalia and kept them winless on Saturday morning, handing them a 3-0 shutout. Angelo Henriquez ended a six-month goal drought, finally finding the back of the net in the 42nd minute against the last place team. The former Manchester United man also appeared in … [Read more...] about HNL Week 13
Dinamo Zagreb faced a nearly impossible challenge on Tuesday evening when Juventes arrived at Maksimir for the clubs second Champions League match of the campaign. Mario Mandžukić and Marko Pjaca both returned to the pitch in Zagreb – albeit both by substitution – as the Italian giants gave the Modri a 4-0 thrashing. It didn’t help that the revolving door of coaches is … [Read more...] about Champions League and HNL Update
Here you have it; a 5-2 loss handed to Dinamo Zagreb by HNK Rijeka on Sunday has turned the HNL world upside down. It has been nearly a year since Dinamo lost two league matches in a row, which last happened in October 2015 when Dinamo lost to Rijeka the RNK Split. If you count the recent 3-0 loss to Lyon in the Champion's League, the Dinamo losing streak extends to … [Read more...] about HNL Week 9 – League Shaking Up Status Quo
If you didn't think NK Osijek was the real deal this year, here's some more proof. The club - one of only four HNL clubs that has never been relegated - has pumped considerable money into being contenders this year and so far, it has payed off. Osijek knocked off the champions in a 1-0 match at Maksimir on Saturday for the first time since September of 2000, which … [Read more...] about HNL Week 8 – Dinamo Falls to Osijek