Zagreb claim Croatian league title
Posted May 1, 2007on:
ZAGREB, Croatia (Reuters) — Dinamo Zagreb retained their Croatian league title with four games to spare after a 4-1 home win over Medjimurje on Saturday gave them an unassailable 13-point lead over Hajduk Split.
Dinamo, who captured their ninth title since Croatia gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991, have 80 points from 29 matches while traditional foes Hajduk Split have 67 after a 1-1 home draw with Slaven Belupo Korpivnica.
“The lads deserve all the congratulations and respect for keeping the silverware here,” delighted coach Branko Ivankovic said after the match.
“Today’s result flattered us a bit but we fully deserved this win and we are now looking forward to the cup final with Slaven Belupo.”
A header from midfielder Luka Modric and Danijel Stefulj’s own-goal gave Dinamo a 2-0 lead in the first half before Davor Piskor pulled one back in the 51st minute.
Dinamo held on as Piskor nearly drew level with a fine solo run before Mihael Mikic and Vedran Corluka sealed the win with late goals that sent the home crowd wild.
A fine volley from Ivan Radeljic gave Slaven an early lead at Hajduk and Tomislav Busic’s 54th-minute equaliser proved to be scant consolation for the home side.