Lokomotiva v. Istra 1961 (2:0)
Lokomotiva and Istra opened the 17th round on Saturday, November 12, in Zagreb in front of 681 fans.
Kulenovic scored Lokomotiva’s first goal in the 11th minute from the penalty spot. The questionable call was made when Mersinaj and Perković collided heads in a duel on the edge of the penalty area. Mersinaj remained injured on the pitch, and even though it was clear that it was an accidental collision, VAR judge Bebek assessed that it should be a penalty for Lokomotiva. Kulušić looked at the situation himself and awarded a penalty. Lokomotiva confirmed the victory in the 73rd minute when Stojkovic scored for 2:0.
Lokomotiva is currently in 8th place with 18 points, while Istra is in 6th place with 20 points and a game in hand.
Slaven Belupo v. Hajduk (2:2)
Belupo and Hajduk met on Saturday, November 12, in Koprivnica in front of 3198 fans.
Hajduk led 2:0 at halftime with goals from Filip Krovinović (12′) and Rokas Pukštas (28′), but Belupo equalized at the beginning of the second half through Arber Hoxha (49′) and Ivan Krstanović (58-penalty). The pivotal moment happened in the 36th minute when the match came to a halt for 20 minutes because an object hit the linesman in the head. Hajduk captain Marko Livaja and Slaven defender Nikola Soldo had an altercation on the pitch. Livaja received a yellow card, and Hajduk fans reacted. Another controversial call from the ref came in the 56th minute when Čulina pointed to the penalty spot for Belupo. Hajduk defender Simić headed the ball into the corner and landed on the heel of the Belupo player. Although it is clear that the ball was already out of play during that involuntary contact, the decision was not changed, and Krstanović scored to equalize. Hajduk ended the match with ten players after Sahiti was sent off in the 80th minute, receiving his second yellow card for an alleged handball.
Hajduk president Lukša Jakobušić commented about the match on Monday:
“Referee experts and the Commission are inconsistent, which confuses the public, us in football, and the refs themselves. Some situations went to our advantage and our detriment. However, Hajduk will never be satisfied with anything that is not fair. We want a fair trial for all clubs at all levels.”
Belupo is currently in 4th place with 26 points, while Hajduk is in 2nd with 35.
Sibenik v. Osijek (0:2)
Sibenik and Osijek met on Sunday, November 13, in front of only 250 fans.
Beljo scored two goals in two minutes to make it 0:2 for Osijek going into halftime. Beljo scored again in the 72nd minute, which was called offside after consulting VAR.
Sibenik is currently in 9th place with 13 points, while Osijek is in 3rd with 30.
Rijeka v. Dinamo (2:7)
Rijeka and Dinamo closed the 17th round on Sunday, November 13, at Rujevica.
Rijeka lost 2:7 on Sunday, their biggest defeat at home since Croatian independence. This was also the last match in SuperSport HNL in 2022. Dinamo separated themselves from Hajduk by six points with a game in hand. Mislav Oršić and Mahir Emreli scored two goals each, Dario Špikić and Josip Šutalo added one each, while Ivan Smolčić scored an own goal. Gabriel Lunetta and Mario Vrančić mitigated the defeat for Rijeka.
Serse Cosmi was sacked as the Rijeka coach after the match. Rijeka is currently in 8th place with 15 points.
Gorica v. Varazdin (Postponed)
The 17th-round match between Gorica and Varaždin, which was supposed to be played on Sunday, was postponed due to COVID-19 in the Gorica team. The new date will be determined at a later date.
The SuperSport HNL will return on January 21, 2023, when the 18th round will be played.
You can see the HNL table HERE.
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