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Petković Penalty Earns Dinamo 1-0 Win Over Benfica

March 6, 2019


Petković bags the penalty for Dinamo



Dinamo Zagreb made history at Maksimir this afternoon with a historic win over Portuguese Champions, Benfica. The match started with Benfica controlling the ball, but Dinamo’s comprehensive game plan, which included shutting down Benfica’s offense, also saw impressive displays of offense from the counter attack.



The offensive prowess of Dani Olmo, Mislav Oršić and Bruno Peković created numerous opportunities for the Modri, including Oršić’s chance which was disrupted by a clumsy challenge at the edge of the penalty area. Referee Michael Oliver made the correct decision and awarded a penalty which was converted by Petković.



Neither Dinamo’s offense nor defense gave up, allowing only one real chance on goal by the Portuguese, which goalkeeper Dominik Livaković comprehensively denied.



The offense continued to create chances, but narrowly missed one, two and three more real chances at increasing their lead. This will certain be something Dinamo will want to improve upon in the return match.



Fullback Marin Leovac and midfielder Ivan Šunjić will miss the next match due to receiving their second yellow cards in the tournament, however,  Dinamo will once again be led by coach Nenad Bjelica, who served a one-match suspension today for making contact with an opposing playing in the return match against Viktoria.



Although Benfica held the ball for 63% of the match, Dinamo managed five shots on target and could have easily bagged another goal or two. It is all to play for next week in Portugal!




Colin O'Haravić
Posted By: Colin O'Haravić 30 comments

  1. nepoznat nepoznat says:

    First Cro club since 70s to make knock out rounds of European cups? Pretty sure Hajduk made it to knock out round of CL in mid 90s

  2. Ante Kvartuč Ante Kvartuč says:


    Sportske Novosti stated 70s in an article back in November. Their research is better than mine. Hajduk made group stage I believe but not knockout.

  3. BL says:

    No rebic even on the bench for Frankfurt, noticed he left the game on the weekend in the first couple minutes of second half, any news if he’s injured?

  4. Maminjo says:

    Hajduk went to the quarters in Champions League back in ’95.

    Doesn’t matter. This is a huge victory for Dinamo and for Croatian league football.

    The HNL was a disaster 15 years ago, and little by little, it has been improving. Teams like Rijeka and Osijek went from not being able to pay players, to having European success and building new stadiums (and finally actually developing National Team players). Hopefully the trend continues.

  5. Dannyj says:

    So from this dinamo team
    Who do u guys think can actually crack the repka?
    Petkovic Orsic?
    We already know olmo is most likely going with Spain

  6. Razbijač says:

    This is a BIG Win for Dinamo AND Croatian Football.

    It means that Croatia will have TWO teams eligible to qualify for the Champions League for the 20/21 season!

    Yep, HNL is slowly but surely growing….

  7. Maminjo says:

    So, I guess we can chalk in Nenad Bjelica as the next National Team coach after Dalić moves on in a few years?

  8. Ante Kvartuč Ante Kvartuč says:

    Wow. I had no idea Hajduk made it that far in 1995.

    Jutarnji posted an article in November saying no Croatian team has played past the New Year since the 70s. Odd.

  9. nepoznat nepoznat says:

    it’s ok, you’re too young to remember Ante! ;-)

    Also it was around my birthday in March and in my HS days and Croatia just recently becoming free from Jugoslavia and the lead up to first tourney in Euro 96 so lots of good nogomet memories that will always be fresh in my mind from back then!!!

    BTW I think QF was the first round of knock outs back then due to smaller size of the competition

  10. Rafael says:

    Bjelica won’t be the next national coach. This run will present him new club coaching jobs. He desired the Serie A previously and came close but he won’t be the national team manager anytime soon. Too much $ out there for him in club football.

    Great moment for Dinamo Zg. Won’t be an easy return match in Lisbon. Croatian football is having a wonderful run.

    Dinamo need a new stadium so badly!

  11. CroatiaU14 says:

    Great for Dinamo….I’m really glad to see this team go thru…some of our young guys, in this tourney and in the Youth Champions League are really getting exposed to big clubs….this is good for us….luckily Dinamo has the money to keep them for a while but this exposes the young players to scouts from big clubs

  12. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Rafael…Dinamo sure does need a new stadium!

    P.S. Ivan Sunjić played a great game today….glad to see him performing better and better

  13. Hollywood Hrvat says:

    Its obviously scripted since Croatia won second place at the World Cup all of a sudden Dinamo Zagreb is defeating everyone in the Europa League not buying it. I wouldnt be surprised to see Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League Final. As we all know Dinamo Zagreb has done nothing in Europe with better sides no coincidence.

  14. Dannyj says:

    Ya so dumb
    Are they being gifted wins?
    I didn’t watch the game but the writer on the article(too lazy to scroll up maybe it is Ante K) said the pk was deserved
    I will trust it

    No matter if they lose the showing has been good and it’s truky with house money now
    They are hungry and have nothing to lose and all to gain
    Best position to be in

    It’s not if they pull a PSG anyone will really be upset
    Seriously now that’s a choker team

  15. The truth says:

    Haha. That’s funny. I just thought its been forever since I’ve commented. Have just had a lot of other things going on and not much exciting going on. And then i see a truth imposter above post a link!

    On that note, glad he’s getting treated in Belgrade. They’re known for great medical expertise

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