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Osijek Go Down in PKs, Only Dinamo And Rijeka Remain In Europe

August 1, 2019




Osijek were knocked out of Europe in a thriller Thursday night at Gradski Vrt in Croatia. After a 1-0 first leg loss to Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia, Osijek leveled the aggregate score in the second leg through a 28′ Ante Majstorović goal which would force extra time. After 30 minutes of scoreless extra time play, both teams would head into a penalty kick shootout with a Europa League 3rd qualifying round berth on the line.



Osijek would miss two penalty shots in a 4-3 shootout win for Sofia. With Hajduk getting bounced by Maltese club Gzira United in the Europa League 1st qualifying round, that means only Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka remain in Europe this season to represent Croatia.



Dinamo Zagreb will face Hungarian champions Ferencvaros in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round on August 6th and 13th. Rijeka will take on Scottish club Aberdeen in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round on August 8th and 15th.





Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 23 comments

  1. CroatiaU14 says:

    In the HNL, Moro scores again for Dinamo. He’s really been impressing lately. Two Champions Leagues spots are this year, according to the LiveScore HNL table.

  2. Maminjo says:

    Too bad Moro blew his ACL a year ago.

    He probably would’ve been a superstar.

    He’s still looking pretty good though.

  3. Razbijač says:

    The party just got started with the English Championship!

    In the opening games:

    Sunjic came off the bench for Birmingham in their victory.

    Krovrinovic got the full 90 in West Brom’s win. He also blew out his knee in ’18, let’s see how he bounces back.

  4. Maminjo says:

    All I know is that he’s a junior NT player.

    Didn’t realize that he was a striker.

    It’s always great to see a 20 year old striker popping goals in the HNL.

    Hopefully he continues this. Also, hopefully Hajduk starts to play (and develop) Michele Šego too. Gotta develop some more front men up top.

  5. Dannyj says:

    I know the knee injury is not great
    But fixed right and in a young age and not pushing too fast don’t say never
    I’ll keep saying krovinovic is my pick to recover and become impactful
    I think a guy like pjaca with both knees done and who relied a good deal on his physicality tho is one to probably sadly write off
    Mario Cuze. Let’s see. We know we get excited with homer glasses but they got to start somewhere
    20 years old just a baby so let’s hope he follows the cro part to success and slow to mature!

  6. CroatiaU14 says:

    Yeah, Cuze has been killing it this season so far. He was one of the stars of the Dinamo U19’s squad in the Youth Champions League. He worked really well alongside Marin. He scored 2 goals and assisted 3 in the tourney.

    Also, Palaversa played the whole game in his side’s 3-1 victory. Good to see that he’s playing and that his team has been winning. Bradarić played 75 minutes for Lille today vs. Roma. Didn’t get to watch, but I’m thinking he played pretty good because of how long he played, and it was a friendly.

    @Maminjo, yeah I’m hoping Šego plays too. He looked pretty good with the Hajduk second team last season.

    If our strikers in the HNL don’t live up to their potential, we still have Kulenović who’s been a machine lately in Poland.

  7. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Horvat thanks for the video. Looks like he scored some quality goals.

    That second goal of his, the header, was impressive. Not easy to hit it that well when there’s a guy on your back.

    @DannyJ I agree with you about Pjaca. He could’ve been so good for us.

  8. Suba says:

    I never really saw pjaca really do anything especially for the repka even before the knee injuries

    I had my doubts epecially that bad attempt to bring the ball down against the brazilci and he did something similar like that another instance at the euros

    But knowing him he would use the excuse that he didn’t make it because of the injuries

    The fiorentina management saw I saw too I reckon

  9. Maminjo says:

    The good news is that Mario Ćuže is a Dinamo player, so they will put him in a good position to develop.

    Hajduk with Šego makes me nervous.

    I can see him being benched unnecessarily in favor of some random veteran player (like Hamza or Gyurcso) and then eventually be sold off for 3 million Euro to some random Serie A club like Verona, lol.

  10. Razbijač says:

    Be on the look out for some serious Hrvat vs Hrvat action as Rubin Kazan take on CSKA on Sunday.

    As you all know, Vlasic is a key player for the Moscow club, and Bistrovic has been starting lately as a DM. But that’s not all!

    There’s a new Hrvat on the block named Zvonimir Sarlija who CSKA picked up from Slaven Belupo this summer. He’s a 22 year old central defender and has been getting serious playing time so far this season.

    And Rubin Kazan features Uremovic, ya know, the make-shift right back that played for us in the U21 Euros this summer. He’s been solid this season as a central defender for Kazan.

  11. CroatiaU14 says:

    Uremović is one of the most underrated guys in Croatia’s youth system. I felt he played pretty well for the U21 side, he did mess up on that second goal scored by England though.

    @Maminjo 100% correct about Šego. I wish he was a Dinamo guy. He would’ve probably been on that U19 team.

    I saw a picture on Hajduk’s Instagram that showed Mario Vusković training with the first team. Well deserved for him.

  12. Maminjo says:

    Hajduk needs to start playing some of these guys. Even if it’s just some regular substitute minutes.

    It made zero sense to see Palaversa getting benched last season, only to see him start in Belgium this year for a team that doesn’t even own his rights).

    Hajduk needs to understand that they will always be a feeder club to larger European leagues, and it’s pointless to try to win the HNL with these low value vets from other countries… If it won’t make you any revenue to build up your club.

    Dinamo will win the HNL again, despite playing kids like Majer, Moro, Olmo, Marin and Baturina regular minutes.

    They will make over 100 million Euro on these five players… And it’s all because they focus on developing their youth.

  13. Razbijač says:

    @ Maminjo

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The day Hajduk gets its act together, and emphasizes talent production over winning the league with foreign journeyman vets, will be a good day for the Club and Croatian football in general.

  14. CroatiaU14 says:

    Hajduk did end up bringing on two young guys as subs. Tonio Teklić and Ivan Delić. Good 3-0 win for them today.

    Borna Sosa started today for Stuttgart. Brekalo scored a beauty in Wolfsburg’s friendly victory yesterday.

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