HNL Round 15 Recap: Hajduk Tops Osijek in Dramatic Finish, Dinamo Crushes Rijeka 5:0

Daniela Rogulj

The 15th round of the Croatian First League was held from November 8 to 10, 2019. This round featured a crucial win for Hajduk and coach Damir Buric and a shocking blowout between Rijeka and Dinamo. 

Istra 1961  v. Gorica (2:2)

Istra and Gorica opened the 15th round in Pula on Friday, November 8, 2019, in front of 699 fans. 

Istra’s Laukzemis scored a quick goal in the 3rd minute for the lead, though Jovicic equalized before the half for 1:1. 

Mocinic put Istra back in the lad for 2:1 in the 62nd minute, and a late equalizer by Ndiaye in the fourth minute of injury time made it 2:2.

Istra is currently in 7th place with 12 points, while Gorica is in 6th with 22. 

Lokomotiva v. Inter Zapresic (3:1)

Lokomotiva and Inter met in Zagreb on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in front of 440 fans. 

Tolic’s goal for Lokomotiva made it 1:0 at the half, and his second in the 72nd minute made it 2:0. Tsonev managed to get one in for Inter in the 83rd minute, while a Tolic hat trick in the 11th minute of injury time gave Lokomotiva the 3:1 win.

Lokomotiva is currently in 3rd place with 25 points, while Inter is in 9th with 11. 

Varazdin v. Slaven Belupo (0:0)

Varazdin and Belupo met at NK Varteks Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in front of 1,112 spectators. 

Neither team was able to score, and the match ended 0:0.

Varazdin is currently in the last place with 11 points, while Belupo is in 8th with 12. 

Hajduk v. Osijek (3:2) 

Hajduk and Osijek met at Poljud on Sunday, November 10, 2019, in front of 7,805 fans. 

Hajduk’s Caktas scored first with a goal in the 22nd, while Eduok increased Hajduk’s lead to 2:0 in the 41st. 

Zaper came back with a goal for Osijek to make it 2:1 at the half. A quick goal by Maric into the second half made the game equal in the 52nd minute for 2:2. 

Jairo put Hajduk pack in the lead in the 72nd minute for 3:2, though his second yellow in the 73rd mad saw Hajduk play with a man down for the remainder of the game. Osijek was unable to capitalize with an extra man,  and the game ended at 3:2.

Hajduk is currently in 2nd place with 30 points, while Osijek is in 4th with 23. 

Rijeka v. Dinamo (0:5)

Rijeka and Dinamo closed out the 15th round at Rujevica Stadium on Sunday, November 10, 2019, in front of 5,517 spectators. 

Ivanusec (’14), Orsic (’18, ’26), and Stojanovic (’20) made the game 0:4 for Dinamo at the half. An Orsic hattrick in the 70th made it 0:5, which was the final score of the game.

Rijeka is currently in 5th place with 22 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 34. 

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