Monday, 17 May 2021

HNL Round 35 Recap: Hajduk Tops Sibenik, Rijeka Defeats Varazdin to Stay in 4th

May 17, 2021 - The 35th round of the Croatian First League was held on May 15 and 16, 2021. This round saw Hajduk defeat Sibenik, while Rijeka topped Varazdin to remain in 4th place. Here is our HNL round 35 recap. 

Istra 1961 v. Slaven Belupo (1:0)

Istra and Belupo opened the 35th round on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Pula. 

While the first half went without goals, the only goal of the match came at the start of the second half when Vuk scored for 1:0 and the eventual Istra victory. 

 

Istra is currently in 9th place with 29 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 31. 

Lokomotiva v. Osijek (0:2)

Lokomotiva and Osijek met in Zagreb on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 

Zaper scored Osijek's first goal which was called offside thanks to VAR in the 14th minute. The first half ended at 0:0. Kleinheisler scored in the 60th minute to finally put Osijek in the lead, though Mierez missed a penalty 13 minutes later to keep the game 0:1. Bohar scored for 0:2 in the 3rd minute of added time. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in 8th place with 30 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 74. 

Varazdin v. Rijeka (2:3)

Varazdin and Rijeka met in Varazdin on Sunday, May 16, 2021. 

Obregon scored the first goal for Varazdin in the 34th minute for 1:0 at the half. Rijeka's Menalo equalized in the 62nd minute, and Capan put Rijeka ahead five minutes later for 1:2. Drmic made it 1:3 for Rijeka in the 79th minute, and Novoselec scored in the 84th for a final score of 2:3.

 

Varazdin is currently in last place with 28 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 58. 

Sibenik v. Hajduk (0:2)

Sibenik and Hajduk met in Sibenik on Sunday, May 17, 2021. 

While the first half went without goals, a Livaja header made it 0:1 for Hajduk in the 58th minute. Jakolis increased Hajduk's lead to 0:2 in the 70th. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 35 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 57. 

Gorica v. Dinamo (0:3)

Gorica and Dinamo closed out the 35th round in Velika Gorica on Sunday, May 16, 2021. 

The Croatian champions were too strong for Gorica with two goals by Gavranovic already in the first half (3', 36'). Lovric missed a penalty for Gorica in the 87th minute. Gavranovic secured a hat-trick with a final goal in the 3rd minute of added time for 0:3.

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 59 points, while Dinamo became already became Croatian champions this season, with 82 points in 1st place. 

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

HNL Round 34 Recap: Hajduk Shocks Gorica at Poljud with 4:0 Win, Osijek Tops Sibenik 3:0

May 13, 2021 - The 34th round of the Croatian First League was held on May 11 and 12, 2021. In this round, Hajduk shocks Gorica at Poljud with a 4:0 victory while Osiejk topped Sibenik 3:0 at home. A look at our HNL round 34 recap. 

Istra 1961 v. Lokomotiva (1:1)

Istra and Lokomotiva opened the 34th round on Tuesday, May 10, 2021, in Pula. 

Pivaric scored a penalty in the 38th minute to put Lokomotiva in the lead before Gonzalez equalized for Istra just before the whistle for halftime (1:1). Neither team was able to score in the second half. 

 

Istra is currently in 10th place with 26 points, while Lokomotiva is in 8th with 30. 

Osijek v. Sibenik (3:0)

Osijek and Sibenik met at City Garden Stadium on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. 

Osijek's Zaper scored from offside in the 28th minute to keep the match 0:0 at the half. Mierez missed a penalty in the 58th minute, but Santini finally got a goal in for Osijek in the 65th minute for 1:0. Mierez got his chance 8 minutes later when he scored for 2:0. Gyursco scored in the final minutes of added time for a final score of 3:0

 

Osijek is currently in 2nd place with 71 points, while Sibenik is in 6th with 35. 

Slaven Belupo v. Rijeka (0:2)

Belupo and Rijeka met on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Koprivnica.

Andrijasevic put Rijeka in the lead just before the half with a goal in the 40th minute for 0:1. Drmic scored in the 69th minute for 0:2, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Belupo is currently in 7th place with 31 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 55. 

Dinamo v. Varazdin (2:2)

Dinamo and Varazdin met at Maksimir Stadium on Wedneday, My 12, 2021. 

Ivanusec scored an early goal for Dinamo to make it 1:0 in the 9th minute, but Elezi equalized in the 34th for 1:1. Peric put Dinamo back in the led for 2:1 at the half. Herrera equalized for Varazdin in the 59th minute for the final 2:2 result. 

 

Dinamo has already clinched the Croatian Championship title and sits in 1st place with 79 points, while Varazdin is in 9th with 28. 

Hajduk v. Gorica (4:0)

Hajduk and Gorica closed out the 34th round on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Poljud Stadium in Split. 

Hajduk's first goal was thanks to a steller free-kick by Mario Vuskovic for 1:0 in the 14th minute. Kacaniklic made it 2:0 after a brilliant display by Hajduk wonderkid Duje Biuk. Only 7 minutes later, Marko Livaja scored a penalty to make it 3:0, and Biuk got his chance after humiliating the Gorica defense for 4:0 in the 39th minute. 

An own goal for Hajduk happened in the final seconds of the game, which was ultimately called offside by VAR. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with  54 points, while Gorica is in 3rd with 59. 

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Monday, 10 May 2021

HNL Round 33 Recap: Dinamo Secures 22nd Croatian Championship Title with Victory at Rujevica

May 10, 2021 - The 33rd round of the Croatian First League was held from May 7 to 9, 2021. In this round, Gorica topped Osijek, Hajduk was better than Varazdin, and Dinamo secured the Croatian championship title after defeating Rijeka at Rujevica. 

Lokomotiva v. Slaven Belupo (3:1)

Lokomotiva and Belupo opened the 33rd round on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Zagreb. 

Krstanovic scored the first goal of the match in the 9th minute for the Belupo lead. Simic scored an offside goal for Lokomotiva to keep Belupo in the lead, but Simic returned 4 minutes later to equalize for 1:1 (25'). Kacavenda made it 2:1 for Lokomotiva in the 65th minute, while a double yellow for Maric saw Lokomitva play with a man down from the 71st minute. 

Pivaric scored in the 90th for 3:1 final score. 

 

Lokomotiva is in 8th place with 29 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 31. 

Sibenik v. Istra 1961 (1:0)

Sibenik and Istra met on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Sibenik. 

The match's only goal came in the 48th minute when Sahiti scored for the Sibenik lead and eventual win. Bailone was sent off the pitch in the 73rd minute, forcing Sibenik to play with a man down for the remainder of the match. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 35 points, while Istra is in the last place with 25. 

Gorica v. Osijek (1:0)

Gorica and Osijek met in Velika Gorica on Friday, May 7, 2021. 

Jovicic scored the only goal of the match in the 48th minute. The game was nearly impossible to play due to adverse weather conditions. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 59 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 68. 

Varazdin v. Hajduk (0:1)

Varazdin and Hajduk met on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Varazdin. 

The match's only goal came in the 89th minute when Livaja scored a penalty for the Hajduk win. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 9th place with 27 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 51. 

Rijeka v. Dinamo (1:5)

Rijeka and Dinamo closed out the 33rd round on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Rujevica. 

Menalo put Rijeka in the lead in the 1st minute of the game for 1:0. Dinamo's Gvardiol scored from offside in the 16th minute, but an own goal by Galovic saw Dinamo equalize for 1:1 in the 43rd. 

Misic put Dinamo ahead in the 48th minute, and another Rijeka own goal (Capan) made it 1:3 for Dinamo one minute later. Orsic scored in the 64th for 1:4, and yet another own goal in the final minutes by Vukcevic gave Dinamo the 1:5 victory. 

 

With this win, Dinamo became Croatian champions for the 22nd time, three rounds before the end of the championship. Rijeka sits in 4th place with 51 points. 

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Friday, 7 May 2021

Highlights of the Week: 5 Big Events in Croatia from May 3-9, 2021

May 7, 2021 - TCN's regular retrospect of Highlights of the week, through the selection of TCN's reporter Ivor Kruljac. 

President Milanović loved by locals in Plaški. Firefighters quickly reacted to the fire in Zagreb recycle yard. Pula celebrated its liberation while Šibenik received new doses of coronavirus vaccines. Dinamo and Hajduk end their match in a tie. Overall another interesting week in Croatia, and here are more details on all highlights.

 Highlights of the week: President Milanović loved in Plaški county

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Croatian president Zoran Milanović visited Plaški county near Ogulin on Tuesday to visit the newly-build Firefighter's home and Plaški Culture Home. The locals welcomed president Milanović with ovations, and many use the opportunity to handshake and take a photo with the president. As Večernji List reports, Milanović took the visit as an opportunity to comment on the hate speech incident at Borovo Selo. He stated that the President of Serbian National Council Milorad Pupovac and Croatian Prime Minister „should use the police, but they don't, they are causing incidents.

Highlights of the Week: Pula celebrating its liberation in WW2

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Pula celebrated its annual liberation day and the Pula City Day, marked on May 5. In Tito's park, the traditional commemoration to the fallen WW2 soldiers of Tito's partisan army saw Tiziano Sošić (president of Pula City Council), Elena Puh Belci (vice mayor of Pula), Aleksandar Matić (chief of the City of Pula Office) and Fabrizio Radin (vice-county ruler of Istria county) paid their respects. Representatives of associations of anti-fascist fighters and anti-fascist of the city of Pula were present too. 

 Highlights of the Week: Dinamo and Hajduk end with an even score 1:1

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Hajduk and Dinamo's eternal opponents played another game at Hajduk's home of Poljud Stadium in Split on Wednesday. The match was the 22nd round in Croatian First League, and fans couldn't wait for it as the game was postponed.

Hajduk opened the match well and had a chance to take the lead in the first 20 seconds. Kačaniklić received an excellent long ball and ran on the right side. He rushed into the penalty area and shot diagonally, but Livaković came out and closed his corner. Dinamo improved and took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Majer, and Livaja returned the favor in the 44th minute. Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes of the match but without success.

After three victories in the previous three clashes with Hajduk this season, Dinamo failed to achieve maximum performance and almost mathematically secured the title but entered the last four rounds with a seven-point advantage over Osijek. The fail happened despite Dinamo facing Hajduk with the strongest possible lineup.  

Highlights of the Week: Vaccination in Šibenik continues successfully

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Larger quantities of vaccines came to Šibenik on Friday, allowing vaccination in Baldeki Sports Hall to go without problems for the second day in the row. The vaccination attracts a number of citizens, so the area got quite crowded.

Highlights of the Week: Recycling yard in Zagreb on fire, reasons unclear

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Zagreb's recycling yard, located on Sarajevska Cesta in Novi Zagreb, was victimized by fire but quickly localized and put under control on Tuesday. The fire caught four containers, and 21 firefighters with six fire trucks rushed to the field. Police investigated the cause of the fire, but the reason is, for the moment, unknown. Firefighters managed to operate despite the lack of hydrants, and the thick white smoke was noticed by citizens who live in the buildings close to the yard, reported Večernji List. 

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Croatia's Eternal Derby: Hajduk and Dinamo Play 1:1 at Poljud

May 5, 2021 - Hajduk and Dinamo met in Croatia's Eternal Derby on Wednesday, playing 1:1 in the postponed match of the Croatian First League's 22nd round. 

Dinamo took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Majer, and Livaja equalized in the 44th minute. Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes of the match. 

Dinamo came to Poljud with the strongest possible lineup, hoping to secure the points needed to defend the Croatian championship title. On the other hand, Hajduk needed a victory to keep pace in the fight for Europe after a win against Rijeka last weekend.

Hajduk opened the match well and had a chance to take the lead in the first 20 seconds. Kačaniklić received an excellent long ball and ran on the right side. He rushed into the penalty area and shot diagonally, but Livaković came out and closed his corner.

Dinamo made a lot of mistakes in the opening, but the first cardinal mistake was made by Marco Fossati, who Dinamo quickly punished. The Hajduk player lost the ball near the goal line; Petković took advantage of his mistake and entered the penalty area. Petković found Majer, who hit the opposite corner with his head from the top of the box.

Additional pressure from Dinamo was expected after the lead but they left the ball to Hajduk and waited for counters. Hajduk played smart and controlled the match.

In the 33rd minute, Jurić nailed the penalty area, but Stefan Simić shot straight at Livaković. In the next attack, Ivanušec shot well from about 20 meters, but Kalinić defended even better.

Hajduk played better nearing halftime, and in the 41st minute, they had another great chance. Livaja masterfully played Jurić, but Livaković reacted superbly. 

Hajduk deservedly equalized a minute before the end of the first half after a big mistake by Dinamo's defense. Lauritsen reacted desperately, Theophile lost focus on Livaja, and Hajduk's best player scored for 1:1.

Ivanušec was subbed off at halftime for Kastrati, and Tramezzani played Diamantakos instead of Ljubičić.

The tempo of the second half was dull until the 61st minute when Petković shot high over the goal. Kastrati missed three minutes later.

Hajduk, who played well in the first hour, started to lose strength, which became more and more obvious as the match came to an end. However, Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes. 

After three victories in the previous three clashes with Hajduk this season, Dinamo failed to achieve maximum performance and almost mathematically secured the title but entered the last four rounds with a seven-point advantage over Osijek.

Hajduk has not inched much closer to third place, which certainly leads to Europe.

Source: Index.hr

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Monday, 3 May 2021

HNL Round 32 Recap: Hajduk Defeats Rijeka 3:2 at Poljud, Osijek and Varazdin Draw

May 3, 2021 - The 32nd round of the Croatian First League was held from April 30 to May 2, 2021. In this round, Hajduk defeats Rijeka 3:2, keeping their hope alive for a Europa League spot next season, while Osijek fails to catch Dinamo after drawing to Varazdin. 

Lokomotiva v. Sibenik (1:0)

Lokomotiva and Sibenik opened the 32nd round in Zagreb on Friday, April 30, 2021. 

While the first half went without goals, Juric's goal for Sibenik was called offside in the 49th minute to keep the game 0:0, though not for long, as Leskovic scored the winning goal for Lokomotiva in the 85th minute. 

Lokomotiva is currently in 9th place with 26 points, while Sibenik is in 6th with 32. 

Slaven Belupo v Dinamo (0:2)

Belupo and Dinamo met in Koprivnica on Saturday, May 1, 2021. 

While the first half went without goals, Tolic scored in the 64th for 0:1 Dinamo, and Orsic sealed Dinamo's victory with a goal in the 86th for 0:2. 

 

Belupo is currently in 7th place with 31 points, while Dinamo is in first with 74. 

Hajduk v. Rijeka (3:2)

Hajduk and Rijeka met on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Poljud stadium in the crucial fight for a Europa League spot. 

The young Biuk scored an early goal for Hajduk in the 14th minute for 1:0, though Drmic equalized in the 31st for 1:1 at the half. 

Stanko Juric (Stefulj own goal) put Hajduk back in the lead for 2:1 in the 45th, and Kacaniklic made it 3:1 two minutes later. Adrijasevic scored for 3:2 in the 65th. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with 47 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 52. 

Istra 1961 v. Gorica (0:2)

Istra and Gorica met in Pula on Sunday, May 2, 2021. 

Spikic scored for Gorica in the 42nd minute to make it 0:1 at the half. Hujber was booked for his second yellow in the 79th minute, forcing Istra to play with a man down for the final 10 minutes. Mitrovic increased Gorica's lead in the 4th minute of added time (94'). 

 

Istra is currently in the last place with 25 points, while Gorica is in 3rd with 56. 

Osijek v. Varadin (1:1)

Osijek and Varazdin closed out the 32nd round on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at City Garden Stadium. 

While the first half went without goals, Obregon put Varazdin in the lead in the 69th minute for 0:1. Mierez equalized for Osijek five minutes later for 1:1, which was the final score.

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Mierez missed a penalty in the 9th minute of added time. 

 

Osijek is currently in 2nd place with 68 points, while Varazdin is in 8th with 27. 

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Croatian Cup Final: Dinamo Secures Final Spot after 4:1 Victory against Gorica

April 9, 2021 - Dinamo Zagreb advanced to the Croatian Cup final with a victory against Gorica after extra time in the semifinal match 4-1 (0-1, 1-1).

Gorica opened the match very well, took the lead with a goal by Špikić (3), but at the beginning of the second half, Mišić (46) equalized for 1-1. Dinamo's victory was secured in extra time thanks to Jakić (100), Majer (110), and Ademi (118).

Recap

Gorica took the lead thanks to an early goal the young Gorica striker Špikić, who will play for Dinamo from the summer. 

Gorica was a better opponent throughout the first half. Dinamo, despite falling behind, did not create a single dangerous situation in front of the opponent's goal. At the same time, Gorica threatened from quick counterattacks but lacked precision in the end to increase the lead.

The match completely turned around at the beginning of the second half when Dinamo coach Damir Krznar introduced Ademi and Majer into the game instead of Ivanušec and Franjić.

After only 46 seconds of play in the second half, Mišić equalized with an excellent shot from 20 meters. Kastrati entered the penalty area from the right side, pulled the defense on himself, and then served Mišić with a ball to score. 

In the 49th minute, Gorica was left with a player less after referee Zebec booked Keita with a second yellow. Dinamo then absolutely dominated.

Dinamo could have won before the end of the 90th minute. Oršić blew a chance in the 69th minute and decided to pass to Majer instead, while Kastrati missed with his head from four meters out in the 72nd minute.

Gorica could not hold on during the extra time. Dinamo took the lead in almost the same way that they equalized. Kastrati got the ball on the right-wing and sent the ball to Jakić, who shot from about 20 meters. Banić was helpless.

By the end of the match, Majer and Ademi set the final score in the 110th and 118th minutes, respectively, with precise low shots from the top of the penalty area.

In the final on May 19 in Velika Gorica, Dinamo will play against Istra 1961, which defeated the defending champions Rijeka 3-2 in the first semifinal two weeks ago.

Dinamo has won the Cup 15 times so far, while Istra 1961 does not have a single title.

Source: HRT

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

HNL Round 31 Recap: Dinamo Defeats Hajduk 2:0 in Eternal Derby, Rijeka and Osijek Draw

April 27, 2021 - The 31st round of the Croatian First League was held from April 24 to 26, 2021. This round featured the 'Eternal Derby,' in which Dinamo defeats Hajduk 2:0, while Rijeka and Osijek draw in the other highly anticipated mid-week match. 

Sibenik v. Slaven Belupo (2:0)

Sibenik and Belupo opened the 31st round on Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Sibenik.

Juric opened the scoring for Sibenik, making it 1:0 in the 8th minute. Curic increased Sibenik's lead to 2:0 six minutes later. The second half saw no goals from either side. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 32 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 31. 

Gorica v. Lokomotiva (4:2)

Gorica and Lokomotiva met on Sataurday, April 24, 2021, in Velika Gorica. 

Hamad gave Gorica the early lead with a goal in the 5th minute. Pivaric equalized from a penalty in the 19th minute, and Mudrinski made it 2:1 in the 28th. 

Spikic gave Gorica the 3:1 lead in the 53rd, and just three minutes later, Steenvoorden was booked for a double yellow. Pivaric scored his second penalty for 3:2 one minute later. 

Playing with a man down didn't hurt Gorica too much, as Spikic came back to score for 4:2 in the 74th minute. Lokomotiva's Bonansea was shown a red card in the 90th minute. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 53 points, while Lokomotiva is in the last place with 23. 

Rijeka v. Osijek (0:0)

Rijeka and Osijek met on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium. 

The match ended without goals. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 4th place with 52 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 67.

Dinamo v. Hajduk (2:0)

Dinamo and Hajduk met on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Maksimir Stadium for the highly anticipated 'Eternal Derby.' 

Dinamo's first goal of the match came from a Petkovic penalty in the 21st minute. Kastrati increased Dinamo's lead to 2:0 in the 35th. 

While Hajduk continuously pressed in the second half, the match ended at 2:0 for Dinamo, and the two sides will have a rematch on May 5 in Split. 

 

Dinamo is currently in 1st place with 71 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 44. 

Varazdin v. Istra 1961 (1:1)

Varazdin and Istria closed out the 31st round on Monday, April 26, 2021. 

Hara scored for Istra in the 18th minute for 0:1, though Posavec scored the equalizer in the 34th minute for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. Guera Djou was booked for his second yellow card in the 81st minute. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 8th place with 26 points, while Istra is in 9th with 25. 

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

HNL Round 30 Recap: Osijek and Dinamo Draw in Fight for First Place

April 22, 2021 - The 30th round of the Croatian First League was held mid-week on April 20 and 21, 2021. Osijek and Dinamo draw at City Garden Stadium in this round, while Sibenik and Gorica played 1:1, as did Belupo and Hajduk.

Sibenik v. Gorica (1:1)

Sibenik and Gorica opened the 30th round on Tuesday, April 30, 2021. 

Sahiti scored to put Sibenik in the lead in the 40th minute for 1:0 at the half. Lucumi was booked for his second yellow in the 87th minute, and a late goal by Delfi brought Gorica the equalizer one minute later for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 7th place with 29 points, while Gorica is in 4th with 50. 

Slaven Belupo v. Hajduk (1:1) 

Belupo and Hajduk met on Tuesday, April 30, 2021, in Koprivnica. 

Hajduk took the lead in the 10th minute when Dimitrov scored for 0:1. A red card for Todorovic forced Hajduk to play with a player less from the 60th minute, and Krstanovic scored for Belupo six minutes later. The match ended 1:1. 

 

Belupo is currently in 6th place with 31 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 44. 

Lokomotiva v. Varazdin (4:0)

Lokomotiva and Varazdin met on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Zagreb. 

Males scored Lokomotiva's first goal in the 3rd minute for the early lead. Papadopoulos increased Lokomotiva's lead to 2:0 in the 32nd minute. Two goals by Simic in the 84' and 86' minutes made it 4:0, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in 10th place with 23 points, while Varazdin is in 8th with 25. 

Istra 1961 v. Rijeka (1:2) 

Istra and Rijeka met in Pula on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

A goal by Muric made it 0:1 Rijeka in the 20th minute. Kulenovic made it 0:2 in the 36th. Istra's Galilea came back with one goal for Istra in the 44th minute but failed to equalize in the second half. 

 

Istra is currently in 9th place with 24 points, while Rijeka has jumped to 3rd with 51. 

Osijek v. Dinamo (1:1)

Osijek and Dinamo met in the highly anticipated match for first place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at City Garden Stadium. 

Majer scored in the 5th minute to give Dinamo the early lead. Erceg equalized for Osijek in the 64th for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Osijek is currently in 2nd place with 66 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 68. 

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Monday, 19 April 2021

HNL Round 29 Recap: Belupo Shocks Gorica, Osijek Tops Hajduk at Poljud

April 19, 2021 - The 29th round of the Croatian First League was held from April 16 to 18, 2021. In this round, Belupo shocks Gorica at home, and Osijek tops Hajduk at Poljud. 

Varazdin v. Sibenik (1:1)

Varazdin and Sibenik opened the 29th round on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Djurasek scored a goal in the 11th minute for an early Varazdin lead, which they maintained until the 75th minute when Sibenik's Juric scored a penalty to equalize 1:1. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 8th place with 25 points, while Sibenik is in 7th with 28. 

Gorica v. Slaven Belupo (0:1)

Gorica and Slaven Belupo met on Friday, April 16, 2021, in Velika Gorica. 

The only goal of the match came in the 38th minute when Knoll scored for Belupo, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 49 points, while Belupo is in 6th with 30. 

Hajduk v. Osijek (0:1)

Hajduk and Osijek met on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Poljud Stadium in Split. 

While the first half went without goals, Mierez scored in the 48th minute to give Osijek the early lead in the second half. A second yellow for Fossati in the 85th hurt Hajduk's chances of getting the equalizing goal. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with 43 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 65. 

Rijeka v. Lokomotiva (3:0)

Rijeka and Lokomotiva met on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium. 

All of Rijeka's goals were scored in the first half - Muric in the 10 minute, Kulenovic two minutes later (12'), and Kulenovic again in the 31st. Lokomotiva was not able to come back from the first-half beating. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 4th place with 48 points, while Lokomotiva is in the last place with 10. 

Dinamo v. Istra 1961 (1:0)

Dinamo and Istra closed out the 29th round on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Maksimir Stadium. 

Petkovic scored a penalty in the 38th minute for the 1:0 Dinamo lead before the half, which they maintained throughout the match, even after Burton was booked with a red card in the 84th minute. 

 

Dinamo is currently in 1st place with 67 points, while Istra is in 9th with 24. 

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