Sunday, 28 November 2021

KBC Sisters of Charity: One Person From the Zagreb Protest Hospitalized

November 28, 2021 - The director of the KBC Sisters of Charity, one of the most important hospitals in Zagreb, spoke about the new coronavirus strain, hospitals situation, and protests against epidemiological measures in the capital, confirming that one of those who protested is hospitalized, and another young man in Dubrava as well.

The director of KBC Sisters of Charity Hospital, Davor Vagić, commented for N1 the appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus called omicron. Scientists consider this variant the most significant so far because the vaccine could be less effective, and it also seems to spread faster than delta strains, reports Net.hr.

"I am not worried, but I am careful. We analyze all the new information we get and see what needs to be done next. It definitely shows that this virus is not harmless, it is very dangerous and one should be careful not to spread and not get worse and this is a very serious situation", said Vagić the appearance of a new strain.

The president of the Homeland Movement, Ivan Penava, said the other day that ''bioterrorists'' are entering hospitals with COVID certificates, but Vagić claims that the measures in the hospitals are appropriate at the moment.

"The system is under a lot of pressure. The biggest pressure is on employees, COVID patients are difficult patients, they have difficulty moving, they need special health care and what we see now is the biggest pressure on nursing staff because it is one of the ones we have the least. There is huge pressure on the doctor as well. These people are doing hard and responsible work and in these two years we can say that in a way they are our heroes. If we talk about doctors, about 95 percent of them are vaccinated in Croatia. There is very little transfer of the virus, we don’t even see it and we can say that in some way hospitals are safe. Occasionally a transfer may occur, but this is negligible. The COVID confirmations are absolutely good", thinks the director of KBC Sisters of Charity.

“The health care system will certainly endure, rest assured. But it will be a huge burden, that's for sure", he added.

As for another protest against epidemiological measures taking place, he says he is saddened by it. "I don't think such things are necessary and that endangers the health of people who are protesting. They endanger themselves and others. We hospitalized one person from the protest, one young person was hospitalized in Dubrava as well. People can have an opinion, and the task of the profession, media, is to report what is best, what is true, to give people key information. The patient, the person must have all possible information. In the end, they are the ones who decide. There is perhaps too little talk about responsibility'', Vagić said.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Barbara Matić Nominated for Best Judo Moment in 2021

November 28, 2021 - The International Judo Federation has announced the nominations for the Judo Moment in 2021. Among the five selected moments is the World Championship won by the judoka from Split Barbara Matić, the first medal for Croatian judo at a World Championship.

The five big moments in judo 2021 are a display of the greatest achievements on the world judo scene. Among those five moments, the International Judo Federation included the historic gold of Barbara Matić (up to 70 kg) at the 2021 World Championships in Budapest, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

''I am pleasantly surprised and happy because they have recognized this historical moment for Croatian judo as one of the moments of the year. I am proud because my gold is among the nominations, and when you see what society I am in, it is only an additional incentive for me to continue working. When I saw the video nominations I remembered that special day in my life. A lot of people commented to me that their eyes watered again and that they celebrated as they did that day'', said Barbara Matić with satisfaction.

In September, Total Croatia News interviewed the world champion and number one judoka at her training center, Judo Klub Pujanke in Split. Daniela Rogulj from TCN spoke with Barbara about her Split background, her favorite moments this year, her experience at the Tokyo Olympics, her life outside of Judo, and her next goals to achieve. You can watch the full interview below.

In addition to Barbara's gold, among the nominees for the moment of the year are the first team gold at the Olympic Games (France), as well as three moments that show why judo is more than a sport. The friendship between Slovenian Tina Trstenjak and Frenchwoman Clarisse Agbegnenou, which was shown after the finals of the Olympic Games (up to 63 kg), when the Frenchwoman lifted Trstenjak and showed how much she appreciates her.

Then a friendly hug from best friends, Frenchman Cyril Maret and Joseph Tehrec after the semifinals of the Grand Slam Paris and lifting and carrying the injured Wakaba Tomita, a compatriot, by Sarah Asahina after the World Cup final, which delighted the whole world.

''Judo shows every day how beautiful it is. I am extremely proud that Barbara's gold, a display of everything we have done for 20 years for Croatian judo and Judo Klub Pujanke, are among the nominees for the moment of the year in world judo. At the same time, it is an obligation to continue even stronger in the new Olympic cycle and at the Games in Paris in 2024'', said Vladimir Preradović, Barbara Matić's first and only coach.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Far Right Former Split Councillor Martin Pauk Tries to Justify Rimac Attack

November the 28th, 2021 - Former Split councillor Martin Pauk, known for leaning quite far to the right of the political spectrum, has attempted to justify the recent attack on Mate Rimac's foreign employees by claiming that the entrepreneur is paying them less than what the average Croatian worker would earn and stating that that is why Croats are annoyed. The Livno-born businessman fired back with some facts, which are rather embarrassing for Pauk.

As Index writes, former Split councillor Martin Pauk, known for his right-wing views, commented on the post of Croatian innovator and entrepreneur Mate Rimac, who announced on Facebook that his foreign colleagues faced racist abuse and were beaten up in Zagreb.

"Bravo Mate, you legend, you only import labour that will work for 50% of the pay a Croat would work for, and then you wonder why Croats feel cheated and exploited," he wrote. He added that the violence was an "unintended consequence", but then continued to justify the attack.

"After all, Mate, you're also from Bosnia and Herzegovina, so you know first hand that there can never be prosperity and peace in a multicultural society precisely because of the different principles and culture according to which different peoples live," former Split councillor Martin Pauk wrote, among other things, and for some odd reason.

"What is it? Are there no lads from Zagreb, Osijek or Split who have graduated from technical school and are qualified to work in your company? Ah, yes, of course there are at least 10-15 classes of people who have qualified for that in this generation alone, but they don't want to work for peanuts so that their boss could buy two million euro houses and half a million euro cars,'' he wrote further.

Rimac's response to the bizarre insults dished out by Pauk soon arrived...

Rimac: Oh you narrowminded man, you've never even laid eyes on the amount they earn in one year.

"What are you talking about, you narrowminded man? People who have worked at Tesla, Apple, Ferrari, Porsche, they work for me... You've never even seen the amount they earn in a year with me. In my companies (Rimac Grusa, Bugatti Rimac, P3 and Greyp) we employ over 1,600 people, of whom 80+ percent are Croats,'' Mate Rimac replied.

The obviously bored Pauk then attempted to enter into yet another discussion below Rimac's social media announcement, with one companion of Mate Rimac. Rimac answered him there as well.

"Martin, take a running jump with your right-wing crap from my profile,'' he wrote.

It's worth mentioning that the former Split councillor Martin Pauk has had his hardly commendable moments of media attention too, when he called on people to throw pork scratching at (primarily Muslim) migrants, statements that machine guns should be placed on the borders because of those same migrants, and justifications of violence against Serbs or other migrants. While he was a councilor, he participated in the online session by smoking and drinking in front of the camera, another move which showcases pure class (yes, that's sarcasm).

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Podgora Local Government to Charge for Beach Shower Use

November the 28th, 2021 - The Podgora local government has decided to charge people for using the local beach showers as a way to repay accumulated debts run up by the Podgora Municipality's former mayor.

As Morski writes, the Podgora local government has made a Decision on determining the price of the use of the showers located on the beaches which lie within the Municipality of Podgora. This is just one in a series of measures by which the Podgora local government is trying to repay the accumulated debts of the former mayor, who was pushed out of office by voters in the previous elections when they elected a new government headed by the young mayor Petra Radic.

The decision sets the price of two kuna for one shower on the showers on the beaches in the Municipality of Podgora if the shower is to last for 30 seconds, and this rule will be applied in the period from June the 1st to September the 30th each year, more precisely during the height of the summer tourist season.

This measure was taken to try to make some savings on water consumption because some beach showers had a consumption of almost 4,000 kuna, as has since been learned. The new showers will be solar powered and the mechanism will be such that there can be no failures that have so far led to leaks and excessive and unnecessary water consumption.

It's worth noting that around one month ago, the Municipality of Podgora was the first in all of the wider Split-Dalmatia County to show what they're actually spending public money on. By clicking here, people are offered a full insight into each and every payment made to a legal entity, as well as to a private person, the date of the payment, the account number, its description and the precise amount.

''In addition to all of this, we're only sorry that for months, and probably a couple of years, people will merely be following the payment of debts and old amounts. However, budget transparency prevents irresponsible actions as well as the misuse of public funds,'' said Podgora's Petra Radic.

The procedure of collecting money from the use of the local beach showers will be performed by the employees of Podgorski komunalc j.d.o.o. in cooperation with the employees of the municipal police of the Municipality of Podgora. The collected money will then be glassed as the Podgora local government's income, and the rights and obligations will be subsequently defined by a contract on the matter, as they explained from this Dalmatian municipality.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Largest Works in 150 Years in Split City Port Finally Drawing to Close

November the 28th, 2021 - Not so long ago, the largest works in 150 years for the Split City Port began, in which a complete overhaul of some parts of it were undertaken. These works are now finally drawing to a close after much disruption.

As Morski writes, the very final phase of works are underway at the Split City Port. As part of this massive project, the coastal belt has been widened from four and a half metres to nine and a half metres, covering a total length of 260 metres, and it will have special moorings for catamarans and a section for pedestrians, which will reduce the usual crowds during the height of the typically extremely busy summer tourist season.

''It has been anticipated that the works in the Split City Port will finally be completed by the end of this year, ie after less than nine months since they began,'' the director of the Split Port Authority, Vice Mihanovic, told HRT.

An enormous 42.6 million kuna was invested in this large project, which was withdrawn from the European Union's cohesion funds as well as from the Croatian state budget.

''Thanks to the Croatian Government, the competent ministry and European Union (EU) funds, after 150 years, we will get a new waterfront that will fully meet the needs of both visitors and the citizens of Split. The operational part will be separated from the promenade, and I would especially like to point out that the coastal belt is being adapted for people with disabilities,'' Vice Mihanovic pointed out, adding that these works are of exceptional importance for the City of Split.

''This should be the direction in which the City of Split should continue to develop, with concrete projects and ideas,'' he said in an interview for "Good morning, Croatia/Dobro jutro, Hrvatska".

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Could Croatian Term Prosek Finally be Protected by European Commission?

November the 28th, 2021 - Could the Croatian term Prosek finally be protected by the European Commission (EC) and put an end to the dispute between Croatia and neighbouring Italy?

As Morski writes, On Friday, November the 26th, 2021, State Secretary Tugomir Majdak, in the presence of Member of the European Parliament Tonino Picula, participated in a panel entitled "Croatian quality on the European table - the protection of the traditional term Prosek".

The event brought together Prosek producers, oenologists and legal experts to discuss the course of protection, Croatian and Italian arguments and the problems of producers, and a day later, on November the 27th, from 10:00 to 16:00 on Petar Preradovic Square, a public blind tasting of Prosek and Prosecco was planned, with the shooting of a promotional video about the important and undoubted differences between these two wines, all with the tasting and sale of Prosek made by Croatian producers.

Back in 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture submitted a request to the European Commission for the protection of the traditional Croatian term Prosek, and this year, the European Commission closed the application review process and approved it as well-founded and justified, with an expected objection from an Italian organisation.

In order to advocate for successful protection of the Croatian term Prosek at the European level and in order to promote this Croatian wine, a panel was organised at which State Secretary Tugomir Majdak stated:

''I'm satisfied with the development of events in the process of the protection of this wine, which is extremely important for all of us in historical, tourist and gastro-oenological terms. I'd like to remind you that relatively recently, we successfully resolved another wine dispute, which was both legally and technically extremely demanding, and then our producers from Istria were given the opportunity to continue marketing the wine "Teran".

In the same way, the Republic of Croatia now has an answer related to Prosek and that's the only way in which our approach can be based in this case because we really have all the professional, historical and legal arguments for its protection. Croatian producers certainly have a legitimate right and expectation to have their products protected, which have all been produced in the traditional way and with full access to the market as their European counterparts have.

Today, Croatia has 31 products with their names registered in the EU with protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication, and is proud of seventeen protected wine designations of origin, six geographical indications on strong alcoholic beverages and one geographical indication of aromatised wine products.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Croatian Public Health Institute Publishes Coronavirus Booster Info

November the 28th, 2021 - The Croatian Institute of Public Health has published a recommendation for the coronavirus booster dose in immunocompromised persons.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, according to these new recommendations, the coronavirus booster dose is especially recommended for sensitive groups (such as the elderly and the immunocompromised), but also for all people six months after receiving their primary vaccination(s).

“Taking into account the specifics of their health condition(s) as well as their family and work environments that may be important in making a decision on vaccination, for all persons aged 18 and over, at least 6 months must have passed after the completion of their primary vaccination, and then they can receive their coronavirus booster after speaking to their doctor.

People who have had COVID-19 and who have started and completed their primary vaccination after recovering from the illness don't need a third/booster dose.

The coronavirus booster vaccination is therefore available and recommended to everyone, and is ESPECIALLY important for the following categories of the population:

1) People living in care homes and adults with disabilities

2) Workers employed by care homes and who work with adults with disabilities

3) Healthcare professionals who directly care for patients at any level of healthcare

4) All persons aged 65 and over,

5) All persons aged 18 and over who share a household with immunocompromised and highly sensitive people

6) All persons aged 18 and over suffering from chronic diseases that increase the risk for more severe clinical picture of COVID-19 is contracted

Vaccination with the coronavirus booster dose is especially strongly recommended for immunocompromised individuals.

A total of 150,715 people across Croatia had been vaccinated with a coronavirus booster dose by the 24th of November, 2021.

The proposal for the organisation/improvement of the coronavirus booster vaccination rollout:

Improving the implementation of the coronavirus booster vaccine certainly requires all healthcare institutions and health care providers to, if they aren't doing so already, organise for the vaccination of their employees on the spot with an additional dose.

In addition, it's necessary to insist that all care homes, if they're not doing so already, to organise the vaccination of their employees and users on the spot with the third/additional dose in the same way as they organised vaccination in the first phase back in January and February 2021 (with the use of mobile teams).

It is also necessary to remind all GPs by letter that it is necessary for all adults for whom six months have passed since the end of their primary vaccination to be reminded by phone or e-mail (the latter requires almost no effort if a generic message is placed in the email inviting the person to come for vaccination) to come to get their coronavirus booster vaccine. Furthermore, family physicians should actively invite their insured persons for their third dose (by calling them by phone or e-mail for their booster dose).

To date, numerous mass vaccination points have been organised that are sometimes mobile. It is to be expected that these locations will adapt to the weather in this colder period of the year, so it's recommended that a person interested in receiving their coronavirus booster vaccination contact the competent public health institution in their county and seek information on the exact location of vaccination when it suits them.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

2021 Gastroadvent Opens at SidiBar to Honor Print Journalists, Digital Nomads, and Drniš Prosciutto

November 28, 2021 - The 2021 Gastroadvent opened on Sunday, November 28, to once again honor media and the Mediterranean diet. The opening was held at SidiBar on the West Coast in Split, this time to celebrate print journalists and dishes created with Drniš prosciutto. 

The first Gastroadvent candle was lit on Sunday by print media journalists, digital nomads, and representatives of Split-Dalmatia County and the tourist boards. The event is traditionally organized by famous dietician and nutritionist Olja Martinić.

Gastroadvent is a unique event that has promoted the Mediterranean diet for decades through a fusion of nutrition, gastronomy, and tourism. Thanks to the engagement and participation of dedicated journalists, who continue to bring light to Split, the event persistently shares scientific knowledge woven into gastronomic skills, the numerous health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and the preparation of dishes from unique ingredients. 

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The theme of this year's Gastroadvent is "Mediterranean nutrition is sustainable, achievable, and responsible." In its original form, the stated principle is the basis of action and, as such, should remain the foundation of behavior. The Mediterranean Sea connects all the countries founded on the Mediterranean diet, and for the Mediterranean diet to be sustainable, we must responsibly dispose of our waste and use resources rationally.

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That the same is achievable is confirmed by the fact that the Mediterranean diet has been around for thousands of years, and on November 16, 2010, it was included in UNESCO's intangible protected heritage list.

Thus, in line with this year's theme, Drniški pršut d.o.o. is a special partner of Gastroadvent, specializing in the production of cured meat products from the Drniš region. Its production takes place traditionally - the meat is smoked over a hornbeam wood fire, with local oak, dried thorns, and aromatic herbs such as immortelle and spruce. Their main product is prosciutto produced during the Miljevci bura, which matures without artificial nitrite preservatives or additives.

Split-Dalmatia County and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board are avid supporters of Gastroadvent in Split, thus promoting the Mediterranean diet and local producers, entrepreneurs, and tourism workers.

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The Split Tourist Board has worked hard to position the destination, harnessing a natural combination of history, gastronomy, and modernity, all to protect the components of the Mediterranean diet. The City of Split is determined to support projects that benefit its residents and demands guests after authentic experiencess and new technological opportunities.

The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has advocated for years to encourage the representation of domestic products, and since 1997 has implemented the national project "Let's Buy Croatian." The project aims to contribute to increasing the consumption of local products and thus support the economy. This project is of particular importance, emphasized by the director Joze Tomaš, and confirmed by the cooperation with Gastroadvent.

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JU RERA S.D., as part of the MD.net project for the needs of establishing innovative food products, has cooperated with primary and secondary schools in Split-Dalmatia County and stakeholders involved in producing or marketing Mediterranean food products and promoting the Mediterranean way of life. The MD.net project focuses on development opportunities and problem-solving related to popularizing the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is a part of the Mediterranean identity inscribed in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The project aims to strengthen research in this area following the UNESCO Convention on Mediterranean Nutrition, raise the quality of nutrition and life in 9 project partner countries, and promote the Mediterranean diet, which is recognized as the gold standard of proper nutrition with far-reaching health benefits.

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Apart from the desire to involve as many people as possible and bring them closer to the importance of the Mediterranean diet in everyday life, as well as its impact on their health, the additional goal of the project is to establish a standard in the Med Diet Declaration logo to classify Mediterranean areas. The ultimate goal of awarding the Declaration is to position Split-Dalmatia County as a desirable Mediterranean culinary region.

The delectable culinary table with dishes prepared and served according to epidemiological measures was thanks to SidiBar on the West Coast Riva in Split. 

Guests indulged in canapes, crackers, and snacks with Drniš prosciutto in focus, ranging from tortilla rolls to mushroom caps stuffed with prosciutto, salmon pesto, and parmesan cream, fuži pasta with truffles and prosciutto, gnocchi with prosciutto and shrimp, raw foods, mixed prosciutto skewers, and prosciutto rolls, among many other delicious creations. A unique partner of this year's Gastroadvent in Split is Kairos Winery, and Katich wines were served at today's event. 

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The designer of this year's Gastroadvent wreath is artist Tonka Alujević, who depicted the Advent wreath from a lifebuoy as "a maritime object that serves to save a man who, for various reasons, is helpless in the sea and is in mortal danger." 

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Split Gastroadvent is held every Advent Sunday at a new location, honoring a different group of journalists with new culinary creations at at each event. 

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

2023 Basketball World Cup Qualifiers: Finland Tops Croatia 77:71 in Espoo

November 28, 2021 - Finland tops Croatia 77-71 in the 2nd round of Group C in Espoo, giving Croatia its second defeat in the 2023 Basketball World Cup qualifiers.

After losing to Slovenia 74-76 in a dramatic finish at the opening of the World Cup qualifiers in Zagreb, Croatia was unable to defeat Finland in Espoo. 

Three-pointers played in Finland's favor on Sunday, with 14 scored by the hosts and only four for Croatia. 

Croatia struggled in the first quarter, scoring just seven points in the first seven minutes. Fortunately, Finland wasn't much better, scoring only 5 points more. Coach Veljko Mršić changed 11 players in the first eight minutes! 

At the end of the first quarter, Croatia turned the result in their favor with an 8-0 series (15-12), and at the end of the first quarter, they were up +1. 

The second quarter was even, and the teams went into halftime at 34-34.

The third quarter saw Finland score a 6-0 series for 40-34, then went up +7 (50-43). 3:50 minutes before the end of the third quarter Finland was up by 10 points (53-43 ). By the end of the quarter, Croatia still managed to reduce the score to 59-55.

Six minutes before the end of the game, Croatia was just one basket behind (64-63), which they kept with five minutes to go (67-66). 

With three minutes to go, Croatia still managed to keep the score tight (68-69), and with two minutes left, Croatia led 70-69. That was their first lead in the second half.

Edon Maxhuni returned the home team to a 72-70 advantage with a three-pointer, and Filip Bundović realized one free throw for 72-71 with just over a minute left.

Sasu Salin brought Finland to +4 (75-71) with a new three-pointer 40 seconds before the end. Croatia shot two three-pointers in the next attack, but Rogić and Marčinković did not score. Salin then scored two free throws for 77-71, which was the final score. 

Finland was led to victory by Maxhuni with 15 points and five assists, Shawn Huff scored 14 points and nine rebounds, and Elias Valtonen scored 12 points and eight rebounds.

All 12 Croatia players were among the scorers. Bundović scored 16 points, and Perković and Danko Branković scored 10 points each.

Slovenia and Sweden, which both achieved victories in the first round, will meet tonight in Koper.

Qualifications continue in February when Croatia will play two games against Sweden. The first is scheduled for February 25, and the return in Sweden is three days later.

Europe will send 12 national teams to Asia for the World Cup, which will be held in Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia in 2023.

There are eight groups of four teams in the first round of European qualifiers, and the three best from each group will advance to the second round. It is important to note that all points from the first part of the competition are transferred.

In the second round, four new groups of six national teams will be formed, and the three best teams from each group will qualify for the World Cup.

Source: HRT

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

Croatia Tennis Team Tops Hungary for Spot in Davis Cup Quarters

November 28, 2021 - The Croatia tennis team is in the Davis Cup quarters and will meet Italy in Turin on Monday!

On Sunday, Croatia advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after Nino Serdarušić defeated Hungary's Fabian Maroszan 6-4, 6-4 in the first match against Hungary.

Two breaks were enough to win, one in each set, for Serdarušić, who is 233rd in the ATP ranking. The match lasted an hour and 11 minutes.

The Croatian tennis player was safe from the beginning; he served seven aces and won two of three break points. Maroszan, the 359th tennis player in the world, made 15 unforced errors in the match.

Marin Čilić suffered the shock defeat of the day against the 282nd tennis player in the world, Zsombor Piros.

Čilić and Piros played the second match (Hungary's best Márton Fucsovics withdrew due to injury). Still, the 282nd tennis player in the world proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for the great Croatian tennis player. But it wasn't that way at the start of the match. Marin led 5:2 and served for the set, but Piros returned at 5:5 to win the first set.

The second set was equal until the 11th game when Piros broke Čilić and easily served for 7:5.

Čilić started the third set well, served for 3:1 after which he increased it to 4:1, but Piros came back at 4:3 and for the second time broke Čilić for the 5:4 lead. Finally, in the last game, Čilić managed to save five match points, but Piros won in the end.

Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić played Fábián Marozsán and Péter Nagy in the doubles clash. The best doubles team in the world won both sets (7:6, 6:2) to confirm Croatia's spot in the quarterfinals.

Croatia finished at the top of the group and will play against Italy in Turin on Monday.

Source: Sportske Novosti

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