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Croatia: Ten man Hajduk content to share points with Dinamo (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on September 12, 2011

The first Eternal Derby of the season occurred in Croatia this weekend with Hajduk Split succeeding in their quest to be the first team to ruin Dinamo Zagreb’s 100% winning record. The arch-rivals played out a 1-1 draw at Split’s Poljud Stadion with the home side able to pick up a point despite playing the majority of the match with ten men.

When Mario Brkljača saw red in the 20th minute it appeared that Hajduk’s chances of gaining anything from this match would go up in smoke but the home side took the lead in the 44th minute thanks to captain Srđan Andrić and the odds seemed good that the hosts would go in at the break with the lead. However it didn’t take long for the champions to restore parity when Luis Ibáñez scored in first half stoppage time and they continued to frustrate the hosts in the second half. Despite their best efforts Hajduk were unable to prevent Dinamo from maintaining their unbeaten start with just two points dropped from the first seven matches of the season.

Hajduk are already trailing Dinamo by five points and they will need to put a good run of form together before the next Eternal Derby in March 2012.

Super Cup: CFR Cluj secure treble; Dinamo defeat rivals Hajduk (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on July 19, 2010

The Super Cup matches of Romania and Croatia were decided this weekend. In the former CFR Cluj kept up their domestic dominance by securing the third of a possible treble but only after winning in a penalty shoot-out. In Croatia old rivals from Zagreb and Split were involved in the fight to win the traditional curtain-raiser to the season.

It is far from contentious to suggest that Unirea Urziceni must be sick of the sight of CFR Cluj in recent years. Unirea have been beaten by the Transylvanian outfit in the 2007-08 Romanian Cup final as well as the last two Romanian Super Cup matches including yesterday’s game played at the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu in Cluj-Napoca, a town which lies approximately 450 kilometres away from the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Dominique Kivuvu opened the scoring for CFR Cluj as early as the 12th minute before he was unfortunate to put through his own net, thus restoring parity for Unirea in the 53rd minute. With no further scoring after ninety minutes the game went into extra-time and it wasn’t long before Laurenţiu Marinescu put Unirea in front. Ciprian Ioan Deac equalized for the home side on the stroke of half-time in extra-time and the game would then peter out into a 2-2 draw sending the game into a penalty shoot-out. Unbelieveably Unirea missed all four of their spot kicks in the shoot-out so it only needed two successful attempts from Felice Piccolo and Emil Dică to secure CFR Cluj the trophy for the second time in their history. Watch the goals HERE:

Watch the Penalty shoot-out HERE:

In Croatia there was one goal that decided the Super Cup match between old rivals Dinamo Zagreb, who won the Croatian League title for the eleventh time last season, and Hajduk Split, last season’s Cup winners. After 76 minutes it was former Liverpool player Igor Bišćan who sealed the game for the champions after he headed home a cross from Brazilian striker Dodô to give Dinamo their fourth Super Cup title. Watch the goal HERE: