As it turns out, Dinamo Zagreb kept it interesting after leading the match 3-0 by the 22nd minute to advance to the playoff round of the Champions League despite drawing 3-3 (agg 4-4)
Dinamo were able to advance on the away-goal tie breaker after Molde FK scored three goals in the second half to tie the match.
Marko Pjaca broke the scoreless draw in the 17th minute to give the Modri a 1-0 lead.
Their determination lead to a second goal by Arijen Ademi only minutes later, and again a goal from Marko Rog, who scored only two more minutes later.
Dinamo’s goalkeeper, Eduardo shone brightly as well, saving a penalty shot in the first half as well as facing another penalty that missed the net.
The Norwegians refused to be discouraged by a three-goal deficit were able to score one of their own in the 43rd minute.
Dinamo were perhaps too comfortable with their two-goal lead heading into the second half and sloppily awarded Molde a third penalty in the game; this time, the home team were able to capitalize on the opportunity and made the score 3-2.
The 72nd minute gave a glimmer of relief to Dinamo after Molde’s top scorer, Ola Kamara, was sent off with his second yellow card, but it only gave Molde more determination to score and tied the match at 3-3 in the 75th minute.
A draw was in favor of Dinamo since the tie breaker was on their side, but the Modri kept it closer than it needed to be and narrowly advanced to the playoff round of the Champions League. The draw for the 4th qualifying round will be made on Friday.
“I want to congratulate Molde on an excellent match, and my side for going through to the next round. It was a crazy match, what can I say? Football is the most popular sport in the world because of these kind of matches. For the side, and me as coach and the whole club, the most important thing was that we advanced,” said Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić after the match.
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