Dinamo v. Lokomotiva (3:2)
Dinamo and Lokomotiva opened the first round on Friday, July 15, at Maksimir Stadium in front of 4,320 fans.
Kulenovic and Ibrahim put Lokomotiva ahead by two goals by the 22nd minute, though it didn’t last long. Dinamo subbed on Drmic, who scored two goals in the next 10 minutes for 2:2 at the half. Maric was shown a red card in the 78th minute, forcing Lokomotiva to play with a man down for the remainder of the match. Menalo scored in the 91st minute for the final 3:2 Dinamo.
Dinamo is currently in 2nd place with 3 points, while Lokomotiva is in 6th with 0.
Osijek v. Gorica (2:1)
Osijek and Gorica met on Saturday, July 16, at City Garden Stadium in front of 3,590 fans.
While the first half went without goals, Beljo scored for 1:0 Osijek in the 62nd minute. A Loncar own goal made it 1:1 four minutes later. Beljo put Osijek back in the lead for 2:1 with a penalty in the 74th minute. Lokomotiva’s Julardzija was shown a red card in the 86th minute.
Osijek is currently in 3rd place with 3 points, while Gorica is in 7th with 0.
Sibenik v. Rijeka (0:1)
Sibenik and Rijeka met in Sibenik on Saturday, July 16, in front of 1,678 fans.
The first half went without goals, and the match’s only goal came in the 74th minute when Obregon scored for 0:1.
Sibenik is currently in 8th place with 0 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 3.
Varazdin v. Slaven Belupo (0:1)
Varazdin and Slaven Belupo met in Varazdin on Sunday, July 17.
The match’s only goal came in the 49th minute when Kocijan scored for 0:1 Belupo.
Varazdin is currently in 9th place with 0 points, while Belupo is in 5th with 3.
Istra 1961 v. Hajduk (0:2)
Istra and Hajduk closed out the first round in Pula on Sunday, July 17.
Interestingly, it was announced before the match that the VAR system was out of order because there was no electricity in the VAR room, meaning the match would go on without using VAR.
Melnjak scored Hajduk’s first goal for 0:1 in the 43rd minute. Livaja increased Hajduk’s lead to 0:2 off a header in the 60th minute.
Istra is currently in last place with 0 points, while Hajduk is in first place with 3 points.
*Rijeka and Hajduk will not play in the 2nd round next weekend as Rijeka asked that the match be postponed due to Conference League obligations.
You can see the standings HERE.
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