The current Croatian Cup titleholders celebrated 2:1 on the road against Osijek in the first quarterfinal match of this year’s Croatian Cup.
Rijeka’s Robert Murić scored the leading goal in the 7th minute for 1:0. Osijek equalized in the 14th minute thanks to captain Mile Škorić. In the 35th minute, Rijeka goalkeeper Nevistić saved Mierez’s penalty. The winning goal for Rijeka was scored again by Murić from a penalty kick in the 71st minute.
In his first game on the Rijeka bench, Goran Tomić came to victory and took the defending champions to the semifinals.
This was the first time Nenad Bjelica’s Osijek were defeated at City Garden Stadium. The match at City Garden Stadium was reffed by Mario Zebec.
Dinamo and Slaven Belupo met in the second quarterfinal match at 5 pm at Maksimir, only three days after Dinamo won against Belupo 3:0 at the same stadium.
Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić rested goalkeeper Dominik Livaković and defender Rasmus Lauritsen this match, instead giving a chance to Mario Gavranović, Marko Tolić, and Lirim Kastrati.
While the first half ended 0:0, a Dinamo penalty scored by Bruno Petkovic in the 70th minute helped the Zagreb club turn the game around. Captain Arijan Ademi scored eight minutes later for 2:0, which was the final score of the game.
Recall, Gorica v Hajduk and Oriolik v Istra 1961 will play their quarterfinal round matches on March 16 and 17, 2021. Hajduk secured the last quarterfinal spot on Tuesday after beating Zagreb 3:0 at Veslačka Street Stadium in Zagreb.
The semi-final matches are scheduled for March 31, and the final will be played on May 19, 2021.
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