Dinamo Zagreb tie Salzburg

Zagreb – Thirteen thousand fans packed into Stadion Maksimir to watch a battle between Dinamo Zagreb and Red Bull Salzburg on 16 August in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League play-off.

The first half was scoreless but it was the champions of the Austrian Bundesliga that struck first when midfielder Valentino Lazaro headed in a cross at the hour mark to give Salzburg a 1-0 lead.

Not long after, nineteen year-old midfielder Ante Ćorić had a free header on a corner kick and failed to find the equalizer as he misjudged the ball, causing it to bounce down and over the crossbar.

Fifteen minutes remained on the clock when Dinamo midfielder Marko Rog got a hold of a loose ball in the penalty area and was fouled by Brazilian midfielder Wanderson.

Rog took the penalty himself and easily converted as German keeper Alexander Walke moved early.

Marko Rog, the twenty-one year-old midfielder from Varaždin, has scored in two consecutive UEFA Champions League qualifying matches and made an appearance for Croatia against Spain in Euro 2016.

The return leg between Dinamo Zagreb and Red Bull Salzburg will be played next week on 24 August at Red Bull Arena.

 

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