Dinamo failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage after playing 0:0 against Sheriff in the return match of the playoffs in Zagreb. Sheriff won the first leg 3:0 in Tiraspol.
Dinamo failed to make up for the three-goal deficit, and the Moldovan club thus qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time.
Dinamo did not find a way to break through the Sheriff’s defense led by goalkeeper Athanasiadis, whom Dinamo failed to get by in both matches.
Sheriff unexpectedly started attacking from the first minute, and in the 4th minute, Thill hit the post.
Dinamo had their first chance only after ten minutes. However, Ivanušec missed a good opportunity, and Petković’s attempts were defended by the Moldovan goalkeeper Athanasiadis, and the teams went into halftime without goals.
Sheriff’s goalkeeper defended Oršić’s shot in the 52nd minute, after which the match calmed down completely. Dinamo’s attacks could not penetrate Sheriff’s defense.
“We did our best, but we failed. I’m sorry to the wonderful fans, but hopefully, there will be a win in the Europa League. We knew we had to put more pressure than in the first game, but Sheriff deserved the Champions League,” Duje Cop said after the game.
Mislav Oršić thanked the fans for their support.
“I don’t know what to say; it’s hard to analyze the game. They were better; that’s the only thing that matters. After that, we have to turn to the Europa League, and the HNL,” said Oršić.
“We reached the last third, but in the end, there was always something missing,” added Dinamo’s winger.
“Maybe someone will say that this is a failure, but we are in the Europa League in which we did great things last year,” concluded Oršić.
Daniele Orsato from Italy refereed in front of 8,100 spectators at the Maksimir Stadium.
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