Dinamo had their first European test of the season tonight against the champion of North Macedonia, Shkupi. The two teams met at Maksimir Stadium at 21:00 for the Champions League 2nd qualifying round.
Dinamo entered tonight’s match as big favorites. According to Transfermarkt, the North Macedonian champion is worth only 5.5 million euros, while the Croatian champion is valued at 100.5 million.
The match was refereed by 39-year-old Romanian Rad Petrescu.
The starting lineups saw Dinamo coach Ante Čačić leave Mislav Oršić on the bench.
Dinamo: Livaković – Moharrami, J. Šutalo, Perić, Ljubičić – Mišić, Ademi – Špikić, Petković, Ivanušec – Drmić
Shkupi: Naumovski – Brdarovski, Dzelil, Margvelashvili, Sheji – Putita, Faustin, Alvarez – Hamidi, Danfa, Adetunji
Dinamo’s first real chance came in the 10th minute. Perić crossed, and Petković chested to Ademi, who shot ten meters over the goal. Dinamo used their first sub in the 17th minute as Theophile entered for an injured Josip Šutalo.
Dinamo was shocked in the 25th minute. A big mistake by the defense between Mišić and Theophile saw Queven take advantage and shot past Livaković for 0:1.
Dinamo had a few more chances but didn’t equalize until the 44th minute. Ademi scored off a Moharrami cross for 1:1 at the half.
The second half started with one change – Menalo entered instead of Špikić
Ljubičić had a chance in the 49th minute but shot near post. Oršić was subbed on for Drmić in the 64th minute.
Ademi was shown a yellow card in the 72nd minute for simulation after diving in the penalty area.
Dinamo continued to have chances in the second half and was relentlessly attacking Shkupi’s goal. Bruno Petković finally scored to put Dinamo ahead at 2:1 in the 86th minute.
But the euphoria didn’t last long. A quick attack and a volley over Livaković saw Shkupi equalize at 2:2 in the 89th minute, which is how the match ended.
The second leg will be played away on Tuesday, July 26, at 21:00.
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