Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Osijek, Hajduk, and Slaven Belupo First to Secure Croatian Cup Quarterfinals

October 26, 2021 - The Croatian Cup quarterfinals began on Tuesday, with the first teams securing their spot in the next round of the competition. 

Osijek was the first to advance to the Croatian Cup quarterfinals, topping second division team Rudeš 2:0 (0:0) in Zagreb.

After a more reserved first half, Osijek increased the tempo in the second half and deservedly won. The goals were scored by Ivan Fiolić and Ramon Mierez in the second half. Osijek coach Nenad Bjelica can be satisfied because Argentine Mierez scored after a long time. 

Hajduk advanced to the Cup quarterfinals with a convincing 5:1 (2:1) away victory against the third division team Belišće.

The triple scorer for Hajduk was Marko Livaja (4', 56', 68'), two goals were added by Marin Ljubičić (35', 58'), while the only goal for the home team was scored by Silvio Anočić (5').

Hajduk's second goalkeeper Danijel Subašić had his first appearance in an official match after almost two years. The former Croatia goalkeeper and 2018 World Cup finalist last stood in goal in an official match for Monaco in December 2019, playing against Lille. His last official appearance for Hajduk before this was in December 2011.

After Osijek and Hajduk, Slaven Belupo also qualified for the Croatian Cup quarterfinals. 

In the only round of 16 match between two first league teams, the Koprivnica club beat Šibenik at Šubićevac after a penalty shootout (1:1, 6:4).

The game was 1:1 in the first 120 minutes of play, thanks to two penalties. Belupo took the lead in the 68th minute (Krstanović), while Ćurić equalized for the hosts in the 92nd minute. Belupo showed more skill on penalties, scored all five shots from the penalty spot, and advanced to the quarterfinals 6:4 (1:1).

BSK - Dinamo, Gorica - Mladost Ždralovi, Rudar Labin - Istra 1961, and Varaždin - Lokomotiva will play on Wednesday, while Oriolik and Rijeka will play on November 13.

The quarterfinal draw will be held on Friday.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Osijek II Falls to Rudes in 2nd HNL (PHOTOS)

May 18, 2021 - Osijek II and Rudes met on Sunday, May 16 in Osijek as part of the 32nd round of the 2nd Croatian League. 

Osijek II and Rudes played at City Garden Stadium on Sunday, May 16 in the 32nd round of the 2nd Croatian League. 


Slobodan Kadic

Rudes' Abdurahimi scored the first goal of the match for the 1:0 lead in the 4th minute. Domagoj Babin equalized for Osijek in the 30th for 1:1 at the half. 


Slobodan Kadic

Abdurahimi put Rudes back in the lead with a goal in the 54th minute, and Mario Jelavic put Rudes even further ahead just four minutes later for 1:3!


Slobodan Kadic

A penalty taken by Dion Drena Beljo gave Osijek some hope in the final minutes, especially after Rudes player Marko Cosic was booked for his second yellow, but the match ended 2:3 for Rudes. 


Slobodan Kadic

Osijek II is currently in 11th place with 41 points, while Rudes is in 2nd with 53. 

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

HNL Round 27 & 28 Recap: A Busy Week of Croatian Football

April 9, 2019 - The 27th and 28th rounds of the Croatian First League was held from April 2 to 8, 2019, for one very busy week of Croatian football.

Monday, 18 December 2017

First Chinese Footballer in Croatian First League: Meet Feng Buyouan

Spaniards, Brazilians, Colombians, Nigerians, Cameroonians, and Koreans have all been tempted by the excitement of the Croatian First League, and just this year, we can add China to the list.

Monday, 27 November 2017

HNL Round 17 Recap: Dinamo and Rudeš Draw, Rijeka Back In Second Place

The seventeenth round of the Croatian First League was held from Friday, November 24, 2017, to Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Monday, 28 August 2017

HNL Round 7 Recap: Osijek Loses to Cibalia, Dinamo in First Place

The seventh round of the Croatian First League was completed last night.