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Discussion Starter · #41 ·
Dinamo dropped points in Sibenik and are now joint top with Osijek, but Dinamo have a game in hand (Hajduk away). Rijeka almost blew a four goal lead at Gorica but held on, Gorica looked comfortable for an EL spot but the gap is shrinking, especially with Hajduk in good form with two games in hand as well
 

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Osijek-Dinamo play to a draw, decent enough result for Dinamo who have two point advantage plus game in hand (which is away at Hajduk). Rijeka get some revenge and beat Istra in the league, jumping back to 3rd place with Gorica in poor form, only thing which might help Gorica is Hajduk have a brutal fixture list to end the season

At the bottom big win for Loko at home to Varazdin, still bottom but within reach of Istra and Varazdin who are the main candidates (Sibenik should be fine)

Interesting developments in the 2.HNL as BSK are the leaders however they have no ambition to enter the HNL next season and didn't ask for a license, Dragovoljac remain the main favorites for promotion with probably only Rudes are serious contenders, Dugopolje fell off a cliff last few weeks and are now midtable. Hajduk announced they will get rid of their second team next season and Osijek might do the same. 76 year old Ilijia Loncarevic saving Inter Zapresic's season :D
 

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Important day in the HNL today where the title could practically be decided as Osijek visit Rijeka while Dinamo host Hajduk; Gorica finally get a win against Loko while Sibenik got an important win against Slaven but they have yet to receive a first division license for next season, the cynic in me thinks they will try to keep Loko in the division even if they finish bottom :sleep: There is still an appeal process of course

From the second tier only Hrvatski Dragovoljac and Cibalia got a first division license, so basically we already know who will promote (Dragovoljac)

Hajduk as announced a few days ago will no longer continue with their 2nd team in the 2.HNL, Dinamo and Osijek will keep theirs for now but I think when the Croatian league reforms when the new TV deal kicks in they will go back to the 3.HNL; teams from the 3.HNL which received second division licenses: Belisce, Kurilovec and Lucko
 

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watched the Rijeka-Osijek match on the weekend. Great first half in that game, end to end stuff. Second half it basically petered out. Great save though by Ivica Ivusic on Robert Muric's penalty attempt in that second half. No one real standouts, maybe the goalies in that first half. second half was more of defensive battle. score line was 0-0
 

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Last 30 of Osijek v Varaždin was insane. Osijek missed a 98th minute penalty to give the title to Dinamo. Not all bad as a chance Lokomotiva will still go down.

Don't see it happening though as Varaždin have a horrendous run in and Istra are so bad as usual.
 

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I think Loko will survive, Varazdin have the worst schedule remaining and their squad isn't good enough really. Istra and Loko have winnable fixtures

Hajduk have beaten Rijeka three times in a row now, but will still likely finish 5th :sleep: Gorica play all the 'traditional top 4' to finish the season though if they simply win one of those games it should be enough to qualify for Europe
 

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Lokomotiva beat Slaven to help their survival chances while Istra lost at Sibenik who points wise are safe (they still don’t have a license for next season though). Gorica beat Osijek, would take something crazy for them not to qualify for Europe now
 

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Lokomotiva beat Slaven to help their survival chances while Istra lost at Sibenik who points wise are safe (they still don’t have a license for next season though). Gorica beat Osijek, would take something crazy for them not to qualify for Europe now
Why don't they have a license?
 

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Loko got a valuable point in Istra, think they will be ok. Down to Istra and Varazdin, they both play Slaven Belupo (Istra play them at home, Varazdin go there to close the season) while their other fixtures is Varazdin hosting Rijeka while Istra still go to Osijek
 

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This kid Stipe Biuk for Hajkduk looks like a player. Had a fantastic assist and goal today against Gorica. Vuskovic also with a great free kick goal.
 

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Massive point for Varazdin in Maksimir where they had to come from behind twice, they have two point edge over Istra with two games to go, each play Slaven Belupo once (Istra's match against them is at home) while their other match is against the top four. Hajduk kept their slim Euro hopes alive, only thing which could save them is Gorica's schedule

3. Gorica 59 (Dinamo H; Rijeka A)
4. Rijeka 55 (Varazdin A; Gorica H)
5. Hajduk 54 (Sibenik A; Loko H)

Gorica have the better h2h over Hajduk so they only need a point, Hajduk need to run the table and hope Gorica lose both their matches. Of course all this is mute if Istra win the cup then only 3rd place goes to Europe

7. Slaven 31 (Istra A; Varazdin H)
8. Lokomotiva 30 (Osijek H; Hajduk A)
9. Varazdin 28 (Rijeka H; Slaven A)
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10. Istra 26 (Slaven H; Osijek A)

Slaven will be safe with at least a point in Pula though if they lose both their matches its possible they go down; Lokomotiva have the toughest fixtures on paper; Istra really need to win against Slaven or else they are heavy favorites for the drop

In the second division Dragovoljac beat Rudes in what was potentially a h2h matchup for top spot (Rudes didn't receive a license but they appealed I think). With three games to go Hrvatski Dragovoljac have a 5 point edge of Rudes, 2 point edge on BSK who did not ask for a license. Zapresic who looked dead and buried when Ivkovic was manager look safe since the arrival of Loncarevic. Medjimurje, Junak and Hajduk II likely to drop out (Hajduk is dropping their second team). Massive fall for Dugopolje who were fighting for promotion at the winter break are now in 8th
 

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Osijek purchase Ramon Mierez from Alaves for 2.5m euros which is their record signing. Apparently he turned down a more lucrative move to Russia as well. Osijek still need to improve their depth to compete with Dinamo
 

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All to play for heading into the final matchday of the season, three teams playing for potentially one/two Euro spots (depending on the cup final) and three teams trying to avoid relegation (Slaven have a better h2h than Varazdin so they are safe regardless what happens)

Gorica 59 (Rijeka A)
Rijeka 58 (Gorica H)
Hajduk 57 (Lokomotiva H)

  • Gorica control their own desinty, if they win/draw in Rujevica they will finish 3rd, if they lose then they must hope Hajduk fail to beat Loko
  • Rijeka with a win will finish 3rd; if they draw they will need Hajduk to fail to win; if they lose then they need to hope Hajduk lose too
  • Hajduk need to win and they will qualify regardless of the other result; a draw will mean they need Rijeka to lose; if they lose they are out completely
  • If Istra win the cup then only 3rd place goes to Europe

Lokomotiva 30 (Hajduk A)
Istra 29 (Osijek A)
Varazdin 28 (Slaven A)

  • Lokomotiva go to Hajduk who also need a result but if they get a win/draw they will be safe regardless; if they lose they need to hope Istra lose or Varazdin lose/draw
  • Istra also has a tough fixture; win they will be safe regardless; draw will be good enough as long as VZ doesn't win; even if they lose than can stay up as long as VZ lose
  • Varazdin have the 'easiest' fixture on paper but they don't control their own destiny; if they lose they are down; they will be safe if they draw and Istra lose due to a better h2h; if they win they need one of Istra/Loko to fail to win
 
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