The match and overall winner were decided early in the second half. In the 47th minute, Dinamo’s captain Arijan Ademi was the only scorer in Skopje. In the 3rd qualifying round, Dinamo will play against the Bulgarian champion Ludogorets.
Dinamo opened the match a bit slow, but it didn’t take long for the Croatian champion to start threatening Shkupi’s goal. Ivanušec and Špikić tried first in the 13th minute, and Bruno Petković found himself in an even better situation with a header five minutes later. Shkupi was dangerous in the 21st minute but couldn’t find the back of the net.
By the end of the first half, Dinamo still had two great opportunities and wholly dominated the first 45 minutes. In the 35th minute, Špikić had a great chance, and in the 41st, Shkupi was even closer to the goal. Petković was alone in front of the goal in stoppage time, but the first half ended 0-0.
Dinamo took the lead at the start of the second half when Luka Menalo assisted Ademi, putting them ahead 1-0!
Three minutes later, Menalo’s goal was called offside. Petković and Menalo worked to score a second goal, but Shkupi remained solid in defense to deny the Croatian champion.
Dinamo worked hard to stay ahead and avoid the match going into extra time. They ultimately succeeded as the match ended 1-0.
In the Champions League 3rd qualifying round, Dinamo will play against the Bulgarian champion Ludogorets. After 3-0 at home, Ludogorets lost 1-2 to Irish club Shamrock Rovers. Ludogorets played almost the entire second half with a man down.
On August 2, Dinamo will first visit Bulgaria, while the second leg will be played at Maksimir Stadium one week later.
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