July 27, 2020 – The 36th round of the Croatian First League was held on July 24 and 25, 2020. The final round of the 2019/20 season secured Dinamo, Lokomotiva, and Rijeka’s place in the top 3, while Osijek and Hajduk finished 4th and 5th.
Dinamo v. Varazdin (2:0)
Dinamo and Varazdin opened the 36th round on Friday, July 24, 2020, at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.
Mayer scored in the 9th minute for the 1:0 Dinamo lead, and Cuze increased the lead to 2:0 in the 42nd minute for the final result.
Dinamo finished the season in first place with 80 points, while Varazdin finished in 8th with 36.
Gorica v. Slaven Belupo (0:0)
Gorica and Belupo met on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Velika Gorica.
The game went without goals.
Gorica finished the season in 6th place with 49 points, while Belupo finished in 7th with 39.
Inter Zapresic v. Hajduk (1:4)
Inter and Hajduk met on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Zagreb.
While the first half went without goals, all the excitement was left for the second. Hajduk’s Vuskovic received a double yellow in the 50th minute, forcing Hajduk to play with a man down for the remainder fo the game. Hajduk’s Caktas scored seven minutes later for 0:1.
And own goal increased Hajduk’s lead to 0:2 in the 63rd minute, and an Inter red card in the 72nd minute evened the playing field. Caktas scored again in the 75th minute for 0:3, Jradi scored in the first minute of added time for 0:4, and Adric got one goal in for Inter in the 93rd for 1:4.
Inter finished the season in the last place with 17 points and will be relegated from the Croatian First League, while Hajduk finished in 5th with 60 points.
Rijeka v. Istra. 1961 (4:2)
Rijeka and Istra met on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Rujevica Stadium.
Three goals from Colak gave Rijeka a 3:0 lead at the half. Yet another goal from Colak made it 4:0 for Rijeka in the 54th minute. Guzina decreased Rijeka’s lead in the 60th minute to 4:1, while a Guzina penalty ended the game 4:2.
Rijeka finished the season in 3rd place with 64 points, while Istra finished in 9th with 25.
Osijek v. Lokomotiva (1:2)
Osijek and Lokomotiva closed out the 36th round and the 2019/20 season in the battle for second place on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at City Garden Stadium.
While the first half went without goals, Jakic scored for Lokomotiva in the 53rd minute for 0:1, and Osjiek’s Maric equalized for 1:1 five minutes later. An own goal ultimately gave Lokomotiva the 1:2 win in the 88th minute.
Osijek finished the season in 4th place with 62 points, while Lokomotiva finished in 2nd with 65.
All games in the final round were played without the presence of fans.
You can see the full HNL table here.
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