HNL Round 11 Recap: Rijeka Finally Wins, Lokomotiva Upsets Hajduk, Osijek 4 Behind Dinamo

Daniela Rogulj

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NK Rijeka

The 11th round of the Croatian First League was played from October 19 to 21, 2018. 

After a two-week long break for national team duties, the Croatian First League returned on Friday for another eventful weekend of football. Some clubs used the break to regroup and refocus, while others played friendlies to stay in shape. 

Dinamo’s Dominik Livaković had the busiest break, as he represented the Croatia national team as the first goalkeeper in their games against England and Jordan. Recall, former Hajduk goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić was out with an injury. 

Without further do, here is everything you need to know about the 11th round of the Croatian First League. 

Inter Zaprešić v. Rijeka (1:2)

Inter and Rijeka kicked off the 11th round at Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić on October 19, 2018. 

Rijeka’s new coach Igor Bišćan made his debut with a win over the weekend. Rijeka’s Colak scored in the 11th minute for 0:1, and again in the 63rd minute for 0:2. Inter did come back in the 84th minute with a goal by Solomon for a final score of 1:2.

Inter is currently in 8th place with 10 points, while Rijeka is in 5th with 17. 

Rudeš v. Osijek (1:4) 

Rudeš and Osijek met in Zagreb on October 20, 2018. 

While Rudeš took the lead with a goal by Mrkonjić in the 9th minute, it was Osijek with the scoring spree in the second half. A goal in the 53rd minute by Gorić, in the 55th minute by Marić, and a penalty by Hajradinović in the 59th made the score 1:3 for Osijek. 

Boban sealed the deal in the 81st for 1:4, the final score of the game.

Rudeš is currently in the last place with 2 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 23. 

Istra 1961 v. Dinamo Zagreb (1:4)

Istra and Dinamo met in Pula on October 20, 2018. 

Though it was Istra to score first with a goal by Fuentes in the 7th minute, Dinamo quickly equalized one minute later with a goal by Petković for 1:1. 

In the second half, goals by Gavranović, Ademi, and Budmir made the score 1:4.

Istra is currently in 9th place with 8 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 27. 

Slaven Belupo v. Gorica (0:1)

Slaven Belupo and Gorica met in Koprivnica on October 21, 2018. 

It was a quiet game that saw little activity in the first half, though a goal by Atiemwen in the 50th minute made the score 0:1, and ultimately gave Gorica the win.

Belupo is currently in 6th place with 12 points, while Gorica is in 4th with 19. 

Lokomotiva v. Hajduk (2:0)

Lokomotiva and Hajduk closed out the 11th round at Kranjčevićeva on October 21, 2018. 

Lokomotiva took the lead already in the 24th minute with a goal by Drozdek, and another goal by Uzuni made it 2:0 for the Lokomotiva win. 

Things are not looking good for Hajduk, especially now that playmaker Hamza Barry is out with an injury until the spring. A yellow card for Caktaš in this game also means he will miss the derby against Rijeka.

Lokomotiva is currently in 3rd place with 22 points, while Hajduk is in 7th with 11. 

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