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February 27, 2010

Republished with permission from HRV Soccer 


Here are the results for Feb. 25-28… 



Hajduk Split [ 5-0 ] Slaven Belupo 

Hajduk restarted their season at the Poljud Satdion with Torcida in full effect Sunday afternoon against Slaven Belupo. With both teams going into halftime carrying a 0-0 score, it looked like the second half would remain tight and low scoring. This was not the case as Hajduk put five goals into Belupo’s net for a 5-0 win. Andrić lit up a missile from 25 yards out to open the scoring in the 49′ followed by goals from Tomasov, Vukušić, Strinić and Cernat. Hajduk have now climbed into fifth spot and are only three points behind a Europa League spot.




Dinamo Zagreb [ 6-0 ] Croatia Sesvete 

Newly installed Austrian coach Adolf Pintar was given a taste of the task ahead for his Croatia Sesvete side as they were pummelled 6-0 by league leaders Dinamo Zagreb. The writing was on the wall with the game barely one minute old when new Brazilian signing Dodo opened his scoring account with Dinamo on his debut after good work from Vrdoljak and Sammir. Dodo then turned provider, combining with Vrsaljko to set up Mandžukić on a strike home. That was the last bit of action Dodo would see as he was replaced with only 28 minutes gone due to injury. Mandžukić however was still eager for goals with his international place under threat, bagging his second after assistance from Sammir.

Sesvete appeared to throw in the towel in the second half as Badelj had an empty netter at his mercy scoring the fourth. Substitute Ivan Tomečak was then in for the fifth thanks to good play from Badelj. Mandžukić wrapped up the sixth and final goal after a strong run by Kramarić opened the opportunity. Dinamo made minor changes to the side for the game with Barbarić and Cufre pairing up in a new defensive partnership while Vrsaljko operated in place of Etto on the right. Miroslav Slepička sat it out as Dodo took his place but will have opportunities next match with the former Zaprešić man set to be out due to injury.




Cibalia Vinkovci [2 – 0] Inter Zaprešić 

On paper this looked like a difficult match for Cibalia as Zaprešić gave debuts to several new signings that have bolstered their side during the winter. However, second place Cibalia made light work of the match and were in front as soon as four minutes passed when promising youngster Tomislav Jurić fired home. Tomislav Pavličić had a chance to extend the lead when Malčić was brought down put missed from the penalty spot. Pavličić made amends in the second half by sealing the match with assistance from Josip Lukacević.


HNK Šibenik [1 – 1] NK Zadar 

Šibenik had to settle for a point on the restart of their season after being held to a 1-1 draw by Zadar. Zadar took the lead on 24 minutes when Ivan Santini took advantage after Goran Blažević failed to hold the strike. Šibenik put on the pressure to gain an equalizer and achieved their aim just before half time. Mehmad Alispahic’s center was turned into his own net by experienced midfielder Jarov Surac. Zadar had the better chances in the second half, but Želimir Terkes was unable to convert. Zadar gave a debut to new signing Davor Piskor who arrived from Zagreb.


Karlovac [1 – 0] NK Osijek 

Karlovac were once again strong at the back after a highly impressive win over Osijek which sees them leapfrog their opponents and into fourth place. Defender Nevan Vukman was their matchwinner after he dispatched Zvonko Pamić’s cross. Karlovac have made few changes to their side and seem to have the right formula for survival even in the abscence of a potent goalscorer. Osijek meantime have had an unsettling winter break and were without the suspended Domogoj Vida and Jurica Pranjić, plus Josip Knežević who signed for Amkar Perm. Osijek will want to bounce back as soon as possible.


NK Istra 1961 [1 – 2] Međimurje 

Istra began their new life under Russian ownership with a defeat against relegation rivals Međimurje. Marijan Vuka opened the scoring on 8 minutes for the away side. Istra suffered a major blow 11 minutes later when new signing Matias Chago was red carded on his debut. Another debutant Boško Stupčić made a more positive impression as he struck the equalizer to put Istra back in it. Fellow Serb Bojan Golubović put Međimurje back in the driving seat after following in Aganović. This was a very positive result for Međimurje who are looking over their shoulder at a rejuvenated NK Zagreb club.


NK Zagreb [1 – 1] NK Rijeka 

Igor Štimac expressed his satisfaction with a point in a hard fought draw with HNK Rijeka for NK Zagreb. Zagreb could have had all three points if not for a comedy of errors involving Mario Tokić, Jethon and Marin Skender letting in-form Montenegro striker Radomir Dalović score in the 87th minute. Zagreb had taken the lead through Croatia under-21 midfielder Besart Adhurahimi with additional chances through Davor Vugrinec. Rijeka also had their moments as Skender denied Dalović when he had a good look to score. Rijeka gave debuts to new full backs Vladimir Lazarevski and Mikael Yourrasky. Zagreb also fielded new signing Tokić, whilst Marin Vidosević impressed at left midfield after arriving from Imotski.


Lokomotiva [2 – 0] Varteks Varaždin 

On Thursday afternoon Lokomotiva resumed their HNL1 season with a comfortable 2-0 win over crisis club Varteks. Lokomotiva looks a safe bet to keep their top flight status despite losing Domogoj Antolić, Dalibor Pandža and Šime Vrsaljko during the winter break. Moldovan Gheorghe Andronić arrived, but it was the tried and trusted Nino Bule who added his eighth of the season to start the scoring. Tomislav Hajović put away the second from the penalty spot.

Varteks have serious financial troubles which could potentially see the club become extinct before the end of the season. The Varaždin club is famous for advancing such players as Igor Cvitanović, Davor Vugrinec, Saša Bjelanović, Daniel Hrman, Nikola Pokrivač and the late former Croatia international Silvestar Sabolcki. They had been one of the strongest performing sides in HNL1, but experienced a number of set backs including the death of influential club president Andelko Herjavec in 2001. This winter they lost stars Igor Prahić and Goran Mujanović, plus coach Dražen Besek without major compensation leaving them with only Matija Smrekar as their one sellable asset. With no bid arriving, the club is at the mercy of local businessman from Varaždin to keep the club in operation.



Next Matches: Round 19 


Saturday, March 6th, 2010 












Denis Svirčić
Posted By: Denis Svirčić 3 comments

  1. Ante Kvartuč says:

    Modric, Kranjcar, and Corluka all combine in beautiful triangle passing to set up Modric's shot off the crossbar and in. Spurs lead 2-0 in the 30' against Everton at WHL.

  2. Ivica Peroš says:

    I didn't get the game on tv, hopefully i can catch it on a highlight show later. Damn, Roman Pav. has been on fire as well for Spurs. Looked like Redknapp was going to leave him in the dust a few months ago.

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