Croatian Football League, Day 25 Review

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Review of weekday round of CFL. No changes at the top, Hajduk disappointed the fans, but increased its advantage between contenders for third place

First a word about the elephant in the room. There was just over 6000 spectators in Poljud, second – lowest attendance for Hajduk home games of the season, but in other four games there was three digit count, not a single match was played before even close to a thousand spectators on the stands. One cannot avoid raising the question for whom the games are played. CFF officials repeat the words about infrastructure, but in our modest opinion, faith in honesty of the competition is lost.

That aside, it was an interesting round, with top teams winning on away matches, Hajduk losing a win in the last seconds of the game, and a surprise win for Inter away against Lokomotiva. Hajduk fans are unhappy by the draw, but will be pleased by the fact their club added another point in the battle with Split and Lokomotiva for third place. It was a low quality game, with home team spending the second half orienting on defending, for  they were punished by Osijek team in last seconds of the game.

Derby was played just a few hundred meters away, with Rijeka visiting Split, and it was a tough match for them, as they felt like they playing against the Split team and referee alike. They were unhappy with numerous decisions made by game officiates, and although they were a man down in the last 15 minutes, they clinched a win to stay close to Dinamo, and prolonging at least some hope for the title.

Inter won against Lokomotiva in an away game, guests again not happy with referees, subject once too many times to be mentioned in CFL, but when we know that former chief officials of the referee division of CFF are sentenced for bribery, and not a single referee was suspended, it is not a surprise. Slaven Belupo got three points against Zagreb, and it is now safe to say that Zagreb is to be relegated, and Osijek and Istra will be in a fierce battle to avoid second last place which leads to relegation play offs. Dinamo got three points in Pula against Istra 1961 expectedly, continuing its winning streak.

Here are all the results, and the league table:

Slaven Belupo – Zagreb   3-0
Hajduk – Osijek               2-2
Lokomotiva – Inter          1-2
Split – Rijeka                  1-2
Istra 1961 – Dinamo        0-1

1. Dinamo       57
2. Rijeka         52
3. Hajduk        43
4. Split            36 
5. Lokomotiva  36
6. Inter           32
7. Slaven B.    27
8. Istra 1961   21
9. Osijek         21
10. Zagreb      10


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