Croatian Football League, Day 29 Review

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CFL has resumed after the week off for the national team matches

It seems that the scorers have been resting this weekend, as three out of five matches ended scoreless. It was a round to be forgotten, and we bring you the round-up on April 4. 2016.

Zagreb and Inter opened the play on Friday, playing the match with no pressure, and it was the first game with no goals during this weekend. Both teams will be satisfied with it, as Zagreb finally avoided losing, and a point for the guests is enough for them to wait for the end of the season with no pressure at all.

Istra was hoping to avoid relegation playoff with a win against Lokomotiva, but the guests have trashed them, winning the match easily. Franko Andrijašević, ex-Hajduk and now the player in contract with Dinamo (one of many in Lokomotiva team on-loan from Dinamo) scored a hat-trick.

Rijeka lost another two points in Koprivnica, proving once again that titles are won in “little games”, and Dinamo is simply better at that, often with some help from their friends, but it is what it is in Croatian Football League. Same opponents will play the Cup semi-final second leg in the same stadium on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see if Rijeka will finally get something out of clashes with Slaven Belupo this season.

Dinamo got the expected win against Osijek, who got in Zagreb relaxed after their rival for the relegation has lost the day before, but that did not help them to stand a chance against the champions.

Split and Hajduk played the city derby, fourth of the season, and the fourth with Split not scoring in a single match against Hajduk. Hajduk could not get trough the tight hosts defense, but the match will be remembered more for the Hajduk supporters commemorating the death of their icon, Žan Ojdanić than the game itself. After the match, Hajduk’s coach, Mr. Damir Burić has confirmed that he has already started the preparations for the next season. On the other side, Split will simply have to be more efficient in the attack if they want to overcome Lokomotiva in the battle for the Europa League qualification.

Here are all the results, and the league table;

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

1. Dinamo 66
2. Rijeka 62
3. Hajduk 51
4. Lokomotiva 43
5. Split 42
6. Inter 34
7. Slaven Belupo 31
8. Osijek 27
9. Istra 1961 22
10. Zagreb 11


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