HNL Round 20 Recap: Dinamo and Hajduk Open Spring Season with Victories

Daniela Rogulj

February 3, 2020 – The Croatian First Football League returned on Friday after a long winter break. Dinamo and Hajduk, currently first and second in the standings, both booked victories to open the spring season.

Inter Zapresic v. Istra 1961 (2:0)

Inter and Istra met on Friday, January 31, 2020, to open the spring season in Zagreb in front of 906 fans.

Thanks to two early goals for Inter in the 11th minute (Mitrovic) and an own goal in the 26th (Bosancic), Inter was not only 2:0 up at the half, but held their lead until the final whistle.

Inter is currently in 8th place with 16 points, while Istra is in 9th with 12.

Lokomotiva v. Rijeka (2:1)

Lokomotiva and Rijeka met on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Zagreb in front of 863 fans. 

Kastrati scored the first goal of the game to put Lokomotiva in the 1:0 lead at the half. Kastrati scored his second goal of the game in the 71st minute for 2:0. Rijeka’s Loncar came back with a goal in the 86th minute for the final score of 2:1.

Lokomotiva is currently in 5th place with 31 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 34. 

Slaven Belupo v. Dinamo Zagreb (0:2)

Belupo and Dinamo met on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Koprivnica in front of 2,323 fans. 

Dinamo’s first goal of the game came right before halftime when Ivanusec scored for 0:1. 

Petkovic increased Dinamo’s lead at the start of the second half for 0:2 in the 53rd minute, which was the final score of the game.

Belupo is currently in 7th place with 18 points, while Dinamo is in 1st place with 50 points.

Varazdin v. Hajduk (0:3)

Varazdin and Hajduk met on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at NK Varteks Stadium in front of 5,043 fans.

After a missed penalty, Hajduk finally took the lead in the first half thanks to Jradi, who made the game 0:1 in the 42nd minute.

A penalty in the 72nd minute (Caktas) and another in the 4th minute of added time (Eduok) made the game 0:3 for Hajduk.

Varazdin is currently in the last place with 10 points, while Hajduk is in 2nd place with 38.

Gorica v. Osijek (0:0)

Gorica and Osijek closed out the 20th round on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in Velika Gorica in front of 689 fans.

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

Gorica is currently in 6th place with 30 points, while Osijek is in 3rd with 34. 

You can see the full HNL table here.

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