Dragovoljac Officially Drops Out of Croatian First League

Daniela Rogulj

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HNK Hajduk Split
HNK Hajduk Split

With Friday’s 2:1 defeat to Hajduk, they remained at 18 points, nine less than Istra 1961, which is in second-to-last place. It is important to note that the head-to-head ratio is the second criterion for ranking in the event two teams have the same number of points.

In the previous four meetings, Istria defeated Dragovoljac three times and drew once. In the first game, Istra won 3:1, in the second 1:0, and in the third 3:0. The fourth meeting finished 0:0. In the end, the influx of players from Rijeka did not help Dragovoljac.

After entering the First HNL this season, they will leave Croatia’s top league after 36 rounds.

Recall that in the first round of licensing for the next football season, the Croatian Football Federation’s Club Licensing Department did not give Dragovoljac a license for the First or Second HNL.

Varaždin and Rudeš are fighting to enter the highest rank of Croatian football.

Rudeš is currently five points behind Varaždin in first place The two teams meet today in Varaždin, which has gained serious interest among fans of both teams. 

After NK Varaždin invited all fans to visit Zagreb for Saturday’s match, the interest in the derby against Rudeš became higher than planned.

“Dear friends of the club, due to a large number of inquiries regarding tickets for Saturday’s match against NK Rudeš in Zagreb, we inform you that the club received information today that the host will sell tickets and the club took over some of them on Friday afternoon. Rudeš received more tickets than the percentage described in the HNS propositions, but the number cannot cover the interest due to the capacity of the Rudeš stadium. The club still has a part of the tickets for friends that are intended for visiting fans, so we ask those who are interested to contact us directly. Due to the situation – please contact us only if you are sure of your arrival because they will be available in the parking lot of the stadium after confirmation in your inbox. Also – we hope that tickets for the grandstand will be available at the stadium, but we do not have official confirmation or information. If we have more information – we will inform the public through this channel of communication. Thank you for your understanding and support!” reads the official Facebook page of NK Varaždin.

Rudeš still must face Osijek II, Jarun, Sesvete, and Dugopolje before the end of the Second HNL season. Varaždin must face Jarun, Sesvete, Dugopolje, and Dubrava Zagreb. 

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