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[VIDEO] HNL: Week 9 Roundup

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By: croatiansports.com

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Dinamo Zagreb remain on top of the HNL after their big 4-0 victory over NK Lokomotiva at Kranjčevićeva…

Although the Modri played a flawless match, the real spectacle was in the stands.

Several hundred members of the BBB made their way to Kranjčevićeva and lit the night up with a pyro show that ended up being tossed on to the field. The match was temporarily suspended while police tended to the fans who through numerous flares on the pitch.

Several fans were arrested and play quickly resumed, as did Dinamo’s dominance over the Lokosi.

Angelo Henriquez capped off the match with two goals in the 35th and 64th minute while Junior Fernandes and Leonardo Sigali scored in the 71st and 74th minute respectfully. The match will be a confidence boost for the club as they enter in their first group stage match of the Champions League on Wednesday at Maksimir Stadium against the mighty Arsenal FC of the English Premier League.

 

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Hajduk Split performed the bare minimum to achieve victory at home against NK Zagreb and were successful in enacting revenge against the Poets, who beat them the last time these two met at Poljud…

The Zagreb offense was barraged by wave after wave of the Hajduk attack and kept goalkeeper Dominik Livaković busy, forcing him to make some tough saves early on.

Mijo Caktaš was shown a yellow card in the opening minutes of the game after doing his best to be awarded a penalty kick. Caktaš took a blatant dive while surrounded by defenders and was issued a yellow card for his theatrics.

But the lone goal in the 1-0 victory for the Bili came at the courtesy of Caktaš in the 21st minute. Caktaš redirected a fierce cross send in by Hrvoje Milić from the top of the penalty area and Livaković has no chance of making the save.

Gabrijel Boban had a chance for the tying goal in the 30th minute, but sent it just wide of the far post. The Poets had little more offensive pressure to show in the match, and kept Lovre Kalinić rather bored in his net.
Zagreb are still without a win in the season after nine matches played. Hajduk remain in third place only three points behind Dinamo.

 

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The derby between HNK Rijeka and NK Istra 1961 was a close one, but the visiting team from Rijeka won the match with a score of 1-0…

Roman Bezjak scored the lone goal in the game in the ninth minute to grab all three points, keeping them only two points behind Dinamo. This was Rijeka’s third consecutive win which is allowing them to finally show that they may be contenders for the title this season.

NK Istra had started the season on a string note, even leading the league after three weeks, but have found themselves on a six-match winless streak that they will like to soon break if they have any aspirations of seeing European football next year.

Istra is separated from the top by nine points and only five points behind the fifth place spot.

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The combination of a new manager for Osijek and the lack of discipline by NK Inter Zaprešić led to a 3-1 victory for Osijek after not seeing a win since the first week of the season…

Two penalties, both scored by Antonio Perošević, were scored by Osijek which gave them a 2-0 lead. The scoreline may have left some Inter players scratching their heads, as Inter had the bulk of the scoring opportunities but were unable to make any of them count.

Osijek’s Goran Roce made it 3-0 with a tap in goal from in front, but a well-deserved consolation goal was scored by Inter in second half stoppage time when Ivan Čiliković scored on a penalty kick.

Inter was without their top striker, Ilija Nestorovsky due to a one game suspension.

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An exciting match in Koprivnica featured NK Slaven Belupo and RNK Split and ended in a 1-1 tie after 90 minutes…

Muzafer Ejupi scored early for Slaven to make the score 1-0. The one goal lead looked promising for the Pharmacists as they have won by that very score line in the past two matches the two teams have played in Koprivnica.

But Split would not allow history to repeat itself.

Ivan Pešić scored for Split in the 52nd minute to tie the match up and forced Slaven to share the points with Split. Both teams fought for a second goal but only found themselves in disciplinary trouble and ended the match with 10 men a piece.

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