HAJDUK – SLAVEN BELUPO 2: 1 in the 31st round of the HNL.
Goals were scored by Caktaš in the 10th minute from the penalty spot and Eduok in the 59th minute for the hosts and Međimorec in the 24th minute for the guests. In the last minute, the penalty for the guests was missed by Lima and thus failed to bring them a sensational point.
In the fight for a more valuable second place, Hajduk had a hard time beating the uninterested Slaven, who barely patched the team for the match
Otherwise, the draw of these rivals would not be a sensation, not only because of the desperate games of Hajduk lately, but also because Slaven has beaten Hajduk in two of the three championship matches until this game in the current season.
However, this time the guests from Koprivnica came to Poljud without as many as ten booked and injured players. They had only 16 players on the record, two of them goalkeepers. Despite all that and the early lead of Hajduk, they almost took a point at Poljud, where the host was saved twice by the goalkeeper Posavec with great defenses before the guest missed the penalty.
In the end, Hajduk barely and happily came to an important victory, which five rounds before the end returned to second place with the same number of points as Lokomotiva, and with two points more than Rijeka and Osijek, which has a game less.
So the tense fight for the never more valuable second position of the HNL continues, which leads to the qualifications for the Champions League and offers a relatively easy achievement of a consolation prize – entering the Europa League group.
Everything indicated that even Tudor’s Hajduk would easily win
It is unlikely that anything hinted at how we will watch the drama in this match, because after more than three and a half months at home in front of the audience, Hajduk was looking for a victory, which also means such an important second place with the help of pardoned striker Eduok.
The results of the competitors for the second place also helped him, because earlier in this round Lokomotiva took only one point (1: 1) against Istria, and Rijeka lost at home to Gorica (1: 2), which meant that Hajduk by winning it returns the much desired position.
On the other hand, he had a “disinterested” Slaven, who can’t be above his seventh place, but he won’t fall in the fight for survival. If we add to that the fact that he came to this match with so few players that a van was enough for his trip to Split, an easy victory was expected even lately for the desperate Tudor Hajduk.
Especially after the host took the lead in the 10th minute. Juranović was looking for Caktaš in the box, where Bogojević played with his hand. Zebec points to the penalty spot, which Caktaš surely turns into a goal. With his 17th goal this season, Hajduk returned to second place, without the players warming up in this game.
After Bilih’s lead, Hajduk’s half became a promenade for Slaven players
In the next seven minutes, Hajduk will have two good opportunities to increase the lead, but Ježina defends Nejašmić’s and Caktaš’s shot very well.
And then the cracks in Hajduk’s game begin. Krstanović, Brković and Havelka shot from the edge of the home team’s penalty area in just a few minutes after the Slaven players walked to the danger zone.
That is why it is not surprising that Slaven equalized with an unhindered shot from a distance. A very nice goal by Slaven and revenge for Hajduk for early relaxation came in the 24th minute. Havelka plays on the right side, where 20 meters from the goal, Međimorec itself hits the lower right corner of the home team’s goal precisely.
Twice in the first half, Hajduk saved the goalkeeper
Four minutes later, Hajduk was saved by the goalkeeper for the first time. At the end of the great action of the guests, Lima escaped Ismajlija and shot from ten meters, but Posavec prevented a turnaround with an excellent defense.
After half an hour of play, Slaven’s coach Stipić sees that despite playing with another team, Hajduk is offering him, so he raises the defense high. Slaven was brave all over the field, because Paracki and Zirdum saved in front of Colin and Juranovic in front of their goal, but the guests were inaccurate in front of Hajduk. In the referee’s compensation, another great opportunity for Slaven and a great defense for Posavac. Delic broke out in front of Hajduk’s goalkeeper, who defended brilliantly with his feet.
At the end of the added time in the first half, Hajduk had another great chance. Brnić shot violently from ten meters, but the goalkeeper of the guests Ježina defended superbly.
Hajduk happily scored the second goal
The second half started with the domination of Hajduk, and Tudor made three substitutions by the 56th minute. One of them brings him a goal that will prove to be winning. In the 59th minute, Kreković, after a long attack by Hajduk, centered from the right side, and Eduok shot with his head. Hedgehog was on the ball, but it went through his fingers into the goal. Hajduk is again in second place.
Although there was still a lot to go until the end, the game calmed down even then and seemed to be heading towards an inevitable end and outcome. Hajduk held the ball for a few minutes, and the spent Slaven did not have the strength for a new attack and his player could barely stand on his feet waiting for the end.
This Hajduk will compromise a sure victory even against an opponent who is counting down to the end
However, Tudor’s Hajduk will compromise an important victory even against such an opponent. In the last minute of the regular season, Liklin scored from a free kick in front of Hajduk’s goal, where Dimitrov started on Lim. Judge Zebec points to the penalty spot after a VAR check, and gives Dimitrov a yellow card. However, Lima desperately takes a penalty kick and after walking to the ball instead of running and running, he sends it past the goal.
Hajduk thus saved itself from another debacle and happily came to an extremely important victory.
HAJDUK – SLAVEN 2: 1
90 + 5 ‘Opportunity for Hajduk. Blagaić takes the ball with Parack and goes out in front of Ježina, but does not react quickly, so the defense of the guests corrects the mistake.
90 ‘Nine minutes will be played.
90th minute. Slaven missed a penalty, Lima shoots near the goal! Liklin scored from a free kick in front of goal, where Dimitrov started on Lim. Judge Zebec points to the penalty spot after a VAR check, and gives Dimitrov a yellow card. However, Lima desperately takes a penalty kick and after walking to the ball instead of running and running, he sends it past the goal.
83 ‘Two substitutions for Hajduk. Jakoliš and Blagaić enter instead of Edouk and the injured Hamza.
76 ‘The second yellow card for Slaven. Paracki got it.
75 ‘Yellow card for Caktas. This is a big handicap for Hajduk because it is the third yellow card for the captain and the best scorer, so he will not be able to play in the next round against Gorica.
73 ‘Very good action of Caktas. He took the ball to the guests about 20 meters from the goal, moved unstoppably from the right side towards the door and shot hard diagonally. The ball goes wide of the goal.
70 ‘The match has calmed down. Hajduk, satisfied with the lead, keeps the ball, and the weakened Slaven seems to have no strength for a new attack.
69 ‘Third substitution for Slaven. Liklin enters instead of Brkovic.
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67 ‘There are 4523 spectators at Poljud.
65 ‘Slaven’s second substitution. Šego, who is on loan from Hajduk in Koprivnica, enters instead of Krstanović.
60 ‘First substitution for Slaven. Covo enters instead of Delic.
59th minute: GOOOAAAL for HAJDUK! 2: 1, scorer SAMUEL EDUOK! After a long attack by Hajduk, Kreković centered it from the right side, and Eduok shot with his head. Hedgehog was on the ball, but it went through his fingers into the goal. Hajduk is again in second place.
56 ‘Double substitution at Hajduk. Čuić and Kreković enter instead of Juranović and Nejašmić.
55 ‘Great opportunity for Hajduk! Brnić was left alone 13 meters from the goal, but he shot at the goalkeeper of the guests.
52 ‘Opportunity for Hajduk. Brnić shoots from 15 meters, but a little over the goal.
51 ‘The first yellow card for Slaven. Havelka got it.
46 ‘The second half has begun. Substitution at Hajduk. Dolcek came in instead of Colina.
For now, Hajduk is not even able to impose itself in front of the fans at home and against Slaven, who came to Poljud without ten players, and show that this is a game in which they return to second place with a victory. The guests were delighted with the brave game despite the fact that they barely patched the team to come to Poljud.
45 + 3 ‘Great opportunity for Hajduk, great defense of Ježina! Brnić shoots violently from ten meters, but the goalkeeper of the guests defends superbly.
45 + 2 ‘Great opportunity for Slaven, again the goalkeeper saves Hajduk! After the corner for the guests, Delic is left alone at five meters. The goal seems certain, but Posavec defends well with his feet and thus saves the host once again.
45 ‘Two minutes will be called.
44 ‘Excellent and sacrificial interventions of the Slavs in defense. Paracki and Zirdum saved the goal by throwing in the shots of Colina and Juranovic.
41 ‘Colina is Hajduk’s second player with a yellow card. He got it for a foul in the center.
38 ‘Hajduk’s attempt from a distance, but inaccurate. Vušković shoots high over the goal from 20 meters.
35 ‘Slaven is definitely free. The away players, who were in the lap of their goalkeeper from the beginning of the game and after the home team’s lead, now set the defense high forward. Slaven’s coach Stipić feels that he can succeed with the “other” team today.
29 ‘Hajduk’s stopper Vušković receives the first yellow card in the match. He deserved it for starting at Havelka.
28 ‘Great opportunity for Slaven, Posavec saves Hajduk! At the end of the great action of the guests, Lima escapes Ismajlija and shoots from ten meters, but Posavec prevents the turnaround on Poljud with an excellent defense.
24th minute: GOOOAL for SLAVEN! 1: 1, scorer VINKO MEĐIMOREC! Very nice goal by Slaven and revenge to Hajduk for early relaxation. Havelka plays on the right side, where about 20 meters from the goal is completely Međimorec himself, who accurately hits the lower right corner of the home team’s goal.
23 ‘Again, the guests try from a distance. Havelka shoots from 20 meters. Posavec easily defends.
20 ‘Caktas’ shot on goal from a free kick from the left side was expected, but Hajduk’s top scorer cheats the audience and rivals and plays a diagonal for Juranovic, who shoots well and hard from 15 meters, but Slaven’s block saves.
17 ‘A new attempt by Slaven from a distance and again after a light walk through the defense of Hajduk. Luckily for the hosts, Brković shot very badly from about 20 meters.
15 ‘Slaven threatens for the first time. After the guests easily won half of the hosts, Krstanović shot from the edge of the penalty area, but inaccurately.
13 ‘Great opportunity for Hajduk, Ježina saves Slaven! Caktaš then had a third chance at scoring, but a last ditch challenge made sure that he didnt.
11 ‘New danger in front of the visitors’ goal. Nejašmić shoots with his left from the edge of the 16-yard box, but Ježina defends.
10th minute: GOOOAL for HAJDUK! 1: 0, scorer MIJO CAKTAŠ from the penalty spot! Juranović was looking for Caktaš in the box, where Bogojević played with his hand. Zebec points to the penalty spot, which Caktaš surely turns into a goal. With his 17th goal this season, Hajduk returns to second place.
7 ‘First chance of the match. Caktas took the ball in the center and rushed to the edge of the penalty area from where he shot, but weakly and straight to Ježin.
5 ‘As expected, Hajduk dominates. It is played on one goal, that of completely enveloped guests.
1 ‘The referee Mario Zebec marks the start of the match.
Posavec; Ismajli, Dimitrov, Vušković – Juranović, Nejašmić, Hamza, Čolina – Caktaš – Brnić, Eduok.
Ježina; Zirdum, Medjimorec, Glavcic, Delic, Paracki – Havelka, Brkovic, Lima, Bogojevic – Krstanovic.