HNL Round 25 Recap: Hajduk Jumps to Fifth, Rijeka Tops Osijek

By 18 March 2019

March 18, 2019 - The 25th round of the Croatian First League was held from March 15 to 17, 2019, and saw Hajduk inch even closer to the top three, Rijeka topple Osijek, and Dinamo claim another win. 

Things are getting interesting in the Croatian First League table as Hajduk jumped to fifth place this weekend, just one point behind Lokomotiva in fourth and two points behind Osijek in third. Rijeka now sits comfortably in second place, though their hopes of catching Dinamo in first are far from realistic - they’ve already collected 67 points. 

Without further ado, here’s our Croatian First League 25th round recap. 

Inter Zaprešić v. Istra 1961 (3:1)

Inter and Istra opened the 25th round on March 15, 2019, in Zaprešić in front of 360 fans. 

Istra was the first to score with a goal by N’Di in the 30th minute, though Serderov equalized for Inter in the 41st. Tied at the half, Mamut scored to put Inter in the lead in the 80th, while Serderov scored again in the 93rd to secure the 3:1 win. 

Inter is currently in 7th place with 24 points, while Istra is in 9th with 17. 

Lokomotiva v. Slaven Belupo (3:1)

Lokomotiva and Belupo met at Kranjčevićeva street stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2019. 

Belupo was the first to score after Krstanović nailed a penalty in the 34th minute, though just eight minutes later, Radonjić scored for Lokomotiva to equalize. 

Rakić then scored for Lokomotiva to put them in the lead in the 49th minute, and Radonjić secured the win in the 71st for 3:1. 

Lokomotiva is currently in 4th place with 41 points, while Belupo is in 8th with 22. 

Hajduk v. Rudeš (3:0)

Hajduk and Rudeš met on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Poljud in front of over 11,000 fans. 

Caktaš put Hajduk in the lead in the 30th minute for 1:0 at the half. Jairo scored in the 80th to make it 2:0, and Caktaš scored again one minute into added time to make it 3:0 just before the final whistle. 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with 40 points, while Rudeš remains in last with 7. 

Gorica v. Dinamo (1:2)

Gorica and Dinamo met in Velika Gorica on Sunday, March 17, 2019. 

Dinamo was awarded a penalty in the 25th minute which Andrić scored for 0:1 at the half. Lovrić equalized for Gorica in the 57th minute with another penalty, though yet another penalty given to Dinamo in the 61st minute put them up 1:2 and ultimately gave them the win. 

Gorica is currently in 6th place with 38 points, while Dinamo is in first with 64. 

Rijeka v. Osijek (3:1)

Rijeka and Osijek met on Sunday, March 17, 2019, to close out the 25th round at Rujevica. 

Rijeka was able to score two goals in the first half thanks to Halilović (10’) and Lepinjica (30’) for 2:0 at the half. Osijek’s Ejupi came back with a goal in the 82nd, though Puljić came through with another Rijeka goal in the 86th to make it 3:1. 

Rijeka is currently in 2nd place with 47 points, while Osijek is in 3rd with 42. 

You can see the Croatian First League table here

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