Saturday, 20 March 2010


LOKOMOTIVA 2 HAJDUK 1 (Rubil O.G, Bule/ Vukusic)
BELUPO 0 DINAMO 1 (Slepicka)
RIJEKA 0 SIBENIK 1 (Alispahic)
VARTEKS 1 CIBALIA 1 (Mumlek/ Grgic)
ZADAR 2 MEDIMURJE 0 (Terkes, Santini)
ZAGREB 1 ISTRA 1 (Ljubojevic/ Chago)

Hajduk Split suffered a set back in their hopes of qualifying for Europe after Lokomotiva put an end to their good run of form with a 2-1 win in Zagreb. Goran Rubil gave them a helping hand by putting through his own net early in the match. Ante Vukusic equalised, but ex Hajduk favorite Nino Bule struck from the penalty spot. The result was made worse for Hajduk as Sibenik and Karlovac both won to leap above them. Mehmed Alispahic gave Sibenik a excellant 1-0 win away to Rijeka. Second place Cibalia did however slip up only drawing 1-1 with out of form Varteks.

NK Zagreb and Istra have reasons to stay positive despite sharing a 1-1 draw in the bottom of the table class. Two of the big hopes for both of their seasons however were at the fore as Matias Chago opened the scoring for Istra, before Goran Ljubojevic headed home the equaliser. A excellant sweeping move also saw Ljubojevic secure the points for Zagreb, but it was cleared off the line. A point however both sides closer to Zapresic and Medimurje, who both lost whilst Varteks gained a draw.

Inter Zapresic were beaten by Neven Vukman's late winner for Karlovac. Zadar were the main beneficiaries as they defeated fellow strugglers Medimurje. Goals by Zelimir Terkes and Ivan Santini give them a little bit of breathing space. Croatia Sesvete drew 0-0 with out of form NK Osijek.

In the late match league leaders Dinamo Zagreb kept up their excellant defensive record since winter break with a 1-0 win over Slaven Belupo. Miroslav Slepicka's early strike proved the matchwinner. Dinamo's improvement in defence has been credited to former Argentine international Leandro Cufre who also has had a positive effect on left back Luis Ibanez. Belupo and Rijeka's season meanwhile is petering out into midtable obscurity.