Only one match was played this weekend, which ended in a historic upset featuring Hajduk Split and Slaven Belupo. Slaven was up against a tough task: Facing Hajduk at Poljud, a venue never conquered by the small club from Koprivnica. Since 1997, Slaven Belupo has defeated Hajduk Split in seven meetings of the 81 times the two sides face faced each other in … [Read more...] about HNL Week 23 – Slaven Secure First-Ever Win at Poljud
Dinamo Zagreb ended the weekend with another routine win in Istra, thanks to one goal from Soudani and two goals from Amir Hodžić. Soudani scored first in the 18th minute after some quick footwork and a precision shot that fund the back of the net. Hodžić followed up the goal with one of his own in the 52nd minute. He doubled his tally in the 90th minute and chipped … [Read more...] about HNL Week 25
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
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?
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
Dinamo Zagreb squeaked a win out on Friday to kick off the sixth match w eek of the HNL against RNK Split at Maksimir, only three days after drawing 1-1 against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League playoff round. The lone goal of the match came in the 62nd minute from Domagoj Antolić, who scored on a rebound coming off a great effort from Ante Čorić. Ante Čorić has … [Read more...] about HNL Week Six
Another routine win for Dinamo puts them back on top of the table after Junior Fernandes and Soudani each knotted goals for the Modri. The 2-1 win on Saturday came on the heels of a massive victory over Hajduk at Poljud on Wednesday. Two goals from Marko Rog and two from Junior Fernandes solidified a 4-0 thrashing of Hajduk by Dinamo. Dinamo took that momentum back to … [Read more...] about HNL Week 5: Is Osijek For Real?