Saturday, 10 April 2010


ISTRA 2 ZADAR 0 (Sehic 2)
OSIJEK 0 BELUPO 1 (Mujanovic)
SESVETE 3 ZAPRESIC 1 (Bosnjak, Pokrajcic 2/ Sivonjic)
MEDIMURJE 1 RIJEKA 5 (Golubovic/ Gerc 3, Kreilach, Dalovic)
KARLOVAC 1 VARTEKS 1 (Tokic/ Tklacic)
SIBENIK 3 ZAGREB 1 (Grgic 2, Zec/ Ljubojevic)

A penalty by Sammir was enough to give Dinamo Zagreb their latest win over feeder club Lokomotiva in the latest round HNL1 matches. Dinamo are edging closer to yet another title, despite some recent poor performances which would indicate to a need to strengthen the squad. Igor Biscan returned to the side today, however Dinamo are not impressing in front of goal despite fielding three forwards. Injuries to Badelj, Morales and Tomecak is also impacting on the sides creativity.

Sibenik had no such problems as they got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Zagreb. With Ermin Zec back in the goals the side have two shots of Europa Liga qualification via the league or through the Croatian Cup where the meet Hajduk Split in the final. Such hopes now appear to be over for Osijek and Lokomotiva who have nevertheless had respectable seasons. Osijek were defeated by Goran Mujanovic's goal at home to Slaven Belupo.

Belupo have an outside chance of reaching the top three, whilst Karlovac are still in the hunt after a 1-1 draw with Varteks. Niko Tokic's late goal proved a set back for Varteks who were dragged back into danger by an outstanding win for Istra over Zadar. Zoran Vulic has gradually been bringing Istra back into contention and they now moved to fourth from bottom, one place outside the relegation zone. Asim Sehic was the hero scoring twice, moving him to 10 goals for the season.

Zapresic are also in danger after a shocking 3-1 loss to soon to be relegated Sesvete. Medimurje are however the side to drop into the bottom three as Rijeka went to town on them with a 5-1 demolition show. Vedran Gerc was the man of the match with a hatrick. This was Rijeka's second strong performance after arguably outplaying Dinamo last week. Although Rijeka's season seems set to end in midtable mediocrity, there appears potential in the current line up should they keep the current staff together.

In the late evening game Hajduk turned around a 2-1 deficit to defeat Cibalia. Goals from substitutes Mario Ticinovic and Ante Vukusic cancelled out Dino Kresinger's earlier strike. The lack of a regular goalgetter appears to be catching up with Cibalia who are now being chased down by Sibenik, Hajduk and Karlovac.