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Dinamo Zagreb v Salzburg Live Commentary, 11/10/2022

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R. Ljubičić (40)
N. Seiwald (12)
Stadion Maksimir

Commentary

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With the points shared, neither side sees much movement in the Group E table. Dinamo remain bottom with four points, and are level with Milan, whilst Salzburg drop into second following Chelsea's win over the Rossoneri in their corresponding fixture. With two games to go, Group E remains too close to call, with all four sides still well in the hunt to reach the next round of this competition.
He was denied time after time by the Zagreb defence, their goalkeeper Livakovic, and the woodwork, but all the hard work of Luka Sucic deserved a goal in this game. He had five shots, as well as completing 10 final third entries, passing 21 times in the same area. He created two big chances in the process, also managing 15 total duels, and won all four dribbles he took on.
The match ends, with neither side able to find a winner, but both putting on a fantastic show of attacking football! As they did in the first half, chances swung back and forth in the second, in which Leipzig had the better of them. However, the Dinamo defence was mesmeric and denied them at every turn, whilst Ademi, Spikic and Bockaj all went close for the home side. A fair result, and signs that both teams could yet defy the odds and qualify for the knockout stages.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: DINAMO ZAGREB 1-1 RB SALZBURG
90' + 4' Orsic's fantastic volleyed pass has Petkovic steaming after it, but Pavlovic heads it away. Bockaj recovers the ball and cuts inside to shoot, but the referee blows for a free-kick against Dinamo as Petkovic has fouled Pavlovic.
L. Sučić
Yellow Card
Salzburg
90' + 3' Dinamo look to break quickly down the left via Baturina, but he's held back by Sucic, who concedes the free-kick and is shown the yellow card late in the game.
90' + 2' OFF THE BAR! So, so close for Dinamo! Bockaj steps up to take the free-kick, and it's a pearler of an effort that has Kohn beaten, but rattles the top of the crossbar and bounces over!
90' + 1' We're into four minutes of added time, as both sides desperately try to find that elusive winning goal.
S. Pavlović
Yellow Card
Salzburg
90' A long-range shot from Orsic is blocked and the ball skews into the air, before Pavlovic absolutely flattens Baturina on the edge of the box as the two contest the high ball. It's a free-kick in a good position for Dinamo, and a yellow card for the Leipzig defender.
89' Orsic has only just got to his feet, and the referee brings play to a halt to check on the forward, who is clearly uneasy putting weight on that injured ankle.
88' After breaking up a Salzburg attack, Ljubicic releases Orsic down the left and he and Dedic engage in one hell of a foot race. Dedic does win the ball, but is all over the Zagreb striker, who stays down holding his ankle.
R. Šimić
B. Šeško
Salzburg
86' Sesko has been a bright spark for Salzburg in attack, but to no avail, with coach Matthias Jaissle hoping Roko Simic can have a late impact on this game.
M. Bulat
J. Mišić
Dinamo Zagreb
86' Misic has excelled at the base of the hosts' five-man midfield, but he earns some early, and deserved, rest as Marko Bulat comes on.
85' OVER! A Dinamo attack is broken up and Salzburg race forward with a four-on-three overlap. Kjaergaard has options aplenty from 25 yards, but selfishly shoots and blazes his effort over the bar.
84' Solet's duel with the Zagreb front two is still continuing, as he escapes punishment for a shove on Petkovic before being blown for a similar challenge on Orsic.
82' SAVED! Seiwald comes forward on the counter for the visitors and cuts inside from the right, entering the box before shooting low and drawing a save from Livakovic. But the Dinamo keeper can't hold the ball, and Peric has to hoof it clear.
81' Pavlovic surges forward from centre-back for Salzburg, driving through midfield with the ball and eventually finding his way into the box, although his left-footed shot from a tight angle is a tame one, rolling straight into Livakovic's arms.
81' WIDE! A good touch from Petkovic knocks the ball down for Orsic to strike, but the usually prolific striker fluffs his effort and the ball skews wide of goal!
M. Baturina
L. Ivanušec
Dinamo Zagreb
80' Ivanusec may have faded in the second half, but has still been superb, and fresh legs in midfield are introduced in the form of Martin Baturina.
P. Bočkaj
D. Špikić
Dinamo Zagreb
80' Dinamo make further changes, with the impressive Spikic also coming off, for Petar Bockaj.
S. Moharrami
S. Ristovski
Dinamo Zagreb
79' Ristovski, along with Peric and Sutalo, has been absolutely superb in Dinamo's back-three, but he comes off now for Sadegh Moharrami to see out the rest of the game.
77' BLOCKED! Adamu's clever backheel gives Dedic space to run in behind, and his cross finds Sesko, but it's put behind for a corner by Peric.
76' OVER! Kjaergaard picks up the ball 30 yards from goal and decides to try his luck. It almost pays off too, as he sends a powerful effort whistling beyond Livakovic and just over the top of the bar.
74' OFF THE BAR! Sucic glides forward and steps beyond Ivanusec before shooting from just inside the box. He looks to pick out the top corner, but his curling shot strikes the crossbar and bounces over.
73' CHANCE! Sesko is put through by a wonderful ball from deep, but as he bears down on goal, Sutalo again flies in to knock the ball away with another superbly timed tackle.
72' Good work from Sesko gives Sucic options on the edge of the box, but his ball wide to Seiwald is poor and a deflection off the Salzburg scorer results in a goal kick for Zagreb.
70' Sucic chips into the box for Adamu to attack, but he's just a fraction too late to tap the ball home at the far post.
69' Adamu is caught on the heel by Ljubicic as the two contest a bouncing ball, and the Salzburg substitute comes off worse, winning a free-kick for his side.
J. Drmic
A. Ademi
Dinamo Zagreb
67' Ademi's been busy to say the least in the heart of Dinamo's midfield, but their captain comes off now for Josip Drmic.
65' Salzburg played out a draw in their only prior contest on the road in the competition this season. The Austrian side currently find themselves on a six-match away unbeaten streak, winning five of these games.
64' Sucic strides into the box, evading Misic, before shooting from a tight angle, but a great block from Ristovski denies Adamu a tap-in at the front post.
63' Adamu's thrust straight into the action, capitalising on a loose touch from Peric and crossing into the box, but Sutalo slides across to scythe the ball clear.
62' WIDE! Sucic steps up to take the free-kick, and curls a low effort towards, but beyond, the bottom corner.
J. Adamu
N. Okafor
Salzburg
62' Okafor's barely had a sniff in this game, and comes off now for Junior Adamu for Salzburg.
60' Misic catches Gourna-Douath right on the edge of the box, and after initially appearing to call play-on, the referee blows for the free-kick, and the home side aren't happy with that.
60' Okafor bursts through the middle and looks to find his way towards goal, but Sutalo slides across to knock the ball away from his feet in a superb piece of defending.
58' After their victory against Chelsea on matchday one, Dinamo Zagreb are aiming to win consecutive home games for the very first time in the European Cup/Champions League.
56' SAVED! What a stop! Peric finds himself on the byline and hooks a cross into the six-yard box. Spikic rises high from the back post and aims a towering header into the far corner, but Kohn gets across to hold the ball.
55' WIDE! Sucic finds Sesko, who does brilliantly to keep possession and beat two defenders before shooting from some 25 yards, but he can only drag his effort wide of the post.
53' WIDE! What a chance! Ristovski pulls the ball back to the edge of the box, where Ademi arrives late and looks to place a shot in the bottom corner. His first-time effort has Kohn beaten all ends up, but the ball bounces agonisingly wide of the far post.
L. Ivanušec
Yellow Card
Dinamo Zagreb
52' Great play from the hosts as Orsic cuts inside from the left, before Ljubicic finds Ivanusec in the box. He turns his marker and heads towards goal, but goes down following no contact at all from Solet and the free-kick goes against him. He's also booked for simulation by the referee.
50' Sesko holds the ball up well and finds Seiwald, but he overhits his cross for Okafor and the ball loops behind for a goal kick.
49' Sucic glides forward and looks to release Seiwald in the box, but he's brought to ground by a Misic challenge right on the edge of the area and the referee waves play on.
48' The first-half battle between Petkovic and Solet shows no signs of letting up, as the Salzburg defender comes out on top following a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge with the Dinamo striker.
46' Salzburg kick-off, and the second 45 minutes are underway!
The players return to the pitch ahead of the second half. Can either side find a winner in this tight game?
Ivanusec was everywhere for the hosts in midfield, heralding an xG of 0.34 from two shots in the box, one of which was on target. He completed three of his seven duels, two of which were dribbles, and won possession seven times, including via one successful tackle and interception apiece.
The first-half comes to a close, with absolutely nothing to split these two sides. Both teams are attempting to catch the other out on the break, leading to several breakaway chances. The hosts blinked first though, losing out in midfield and seeing Seiwald fire in the opener on 12 minutes. Opportunities then went back and forth before another break led to a corner, and Ljubicic's cracking effort levelled the scores for Dinamo. If the second half is played in a similar fashion, we're bound to see more goals in the next 45 minutes.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: DINAMO ZAGREB 1-1 RB SALZBURG
45' + 2' OVER! Spikic again does brilliantly down the right to keep possession as Zagreb break forward. He crosses into the six-yard box, where Ivanusec waits, but the midfielder can only head his shot over the bar.
45' We'll play an additional two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
43' Zagreb won their only previous Champions League contest at Stadion Maksimir this season, and are currently on a 21-match home unbeaten streak in all competitions, winning 19 of these.
41' The referee heads over to the sideline, needing to check VAR for a possible offside against Petkovic, but after seeing the deflection clearly came off a Salzburg player, the goal stands!
R. Ljubičić
Goal
Dinamo Zagreb
40' GOOOOOAAAALLL!!!! What an equaliser! Another fast break from the hosts warrants another corner, and when that's headed away to Ljubicic, the midfielder thumps a beauty of a half-volley, which is heading goalwards before taking a big deflection off Pavlovic. That deceives Kohn in the Salzburg goal, and the ball rifles into the corner to lock us up at 1-1.
39' There are some high-octane challenges flying about, as Spikic is crunched from behind by Kjaergaard, just moments after being bundled into touch off the ball.
37' SAVED! Ristovski's floated cross finds Ivanusec, whose powerful volley from the edge of the box is held by Kohn.
35' Seiwald goes down under very little pressure from Misic, but wins the free-kick regardless, much to the chagrin of the Dinamo midfielder.
33' A cross from the left by Ljubicic is aimed for Petkovic, but Ulmer gets across to skew the ball away with his head and deny the Zagreb striker an opportunity to shoot.
32' Salzburg’s starting XI has had an average age of just 23 years and 36 days in Europe this season, the youngest of any side. The average of 22 years and 336 days in their 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb was the third-youngest by a winning team in a Champions League match; the two younger were in 2004-05 in the reverse fixtures between Ajax (22 years and 300 days) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (22 years and 213 days).
30' Ulmer's cross is headed back across goal by Sesko, but Sutalo gets there ahead of Okafor. The ball comes out to Sucic, who fires a curling effort a fair distance over the crossbar.
28' Orsic has scored 12 goals in just 19 home matches across the Champions League and Europa League, netting in his last two such home appearances against Sevilla and Chelsea.
26' CHANCE! Spikic does superbly to win possession right on the edge of the Salzburg box, and passes left to Orsic. He takes a heavy, poor touch though, and the chance goes begging before he can finish it.
25' Dinamo put successive corner kicks into the box, but both are headed behind by Salzburg in the crowded 18-yard box, by Solet and Sesko respectively.
23' In their last six matches in all competitions, Dinamo have won four and lost two. They have scored 12 goals and conceded six in that stretch, scoring first in four. Salzburg have won three and drawn three in their last six games. They scored 10 goals and conceded five over that stretch, netting first in four of the six. They had three goals in the first half, while their opponents netted one time before the break.
21' WIDE! Another Dinamo corner is whipped in, but this one is headed out to Misic on the edge of the box. He takes a touch before shooting, and smashes a low effort through the crowd and just inches past the post.
20' BALL IN THE NET! From a Zagreb corner, Orsic whips the ball into the box and Petkovic meets it with a fantastic volleyed effort beyond Kohn and into the bottom corner. However, the referee has already blown his whistle for a foul by Peric on Gourna-Douath at the edge of the box. Petkovic certainly isn't happy with that decision!
19' Zagreb have lost all three of their major European matches against RB Salzburg, losing twice in the 2014-15 Europa League and on matchday three of this season’s Champions League.
17' Ristovski swings a cross into the box, which Ademi heads just over the bar, but the Dinamo captain looks to have hurt himself in the process and is still down.
16' Spikic turns and attempts to dribble his way out of trouble, but goes down under next to no pressure from Gourna-Douath and the ball trickles out of play.
14' The visitors have now scored in all four of their Champions League contests so far this season.
N. Seiwald
Goal
Salzburg
12' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Salzburg take the lead!!!! A Dinamo attack is broken up in midfield, and the visitors fly forward. Sesko drives towards the box and looks to find Okafor, but a deflection takes the ball into the path of Seiwald, who keeps his composure and smashes a low shot into the bottom corner! 1-0 to Salzburg, and it may well be the first goal of many in this game.
11' Over! The corner bounces around at the edge of the box before flicking up to Pavlovic. He controls the ball with his chest before attempting a wild overhead kick, which loops over and lands on the roof of the net.
10' Sucic looks to play Okafor in with a throughball into the box, but Peric deals with the threat and puts the ball behind for a corner.
8' CHANCE! Ivanusec finds Spikic on the run down the right with a beautifully clipped pass, and the latter's cross for Orsic is headed behind by Solet for a Zagreb corner!
6' Petkovic and Spikic play an excellent one-two down the right as the hosts look to break forward, but Spikic's cross takes a deflection off Solet and rolls into the gloves of Kohn.
5' A cross into the box is almost controlled on the turn by Petkovic, but he catches Solet in the face with a high boot and is penalised.
3' After Ademi's hacked clearance goes behind for a corner, Sesko whips the ball into the box, but Zagreb goalkeeper Livakovic rises above the rest to claim the cross.
1' The hosts kick us off, and we are underway here!
The teams are out on the pitch, and we're almost ready for kick-off in the Croatian capital!
Noah Okafor’s penalty proved the difference in Salzburg’s 1-0 win over Zagreb last time out, and like Orsic, the Switzerland international has scored all three of the visitors’ goals in Group E. He too starts up front for his side, partnered by Slovenian wonderkid Benjamin Sesko.
Mislav Orsic has scored both of Dinamo’s two goals so far in their European campaign, and combined with nine goals in other competitions, is certainly a player Salzburg will need to be wary of in Zagreb.
SALZBURG SUBS: Nico Mantl, Alexander Walke, Ignace Van Der Brempt, Kamil Piatkowski, Junior Adamu, Roko Simic, Youba Diarra, Maximilian Wober, Bernardo.
SALZBURG (4-3-1-2): Philipp Kohn; Amar Dedic, Oumar Solet, Strahinja Pavlovic, Andreas Ulmer; Nicolas Seiwald, Lucas Gourna-Douath, Maurits Kjaergaard; Luka Sucic; Benjamin Sesko, Noah Okafor.
DINAMO ZAGREB SUBS: Danijel Zagorac, Sadegh Moharrami, Daniel Stefulj, Rasmus Lauritsen, Martin Baturina, Mahir Emreli, Petar Bockaj, Josip Drmic, Antonio Marin, Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Marko Bulat, Emir Dilaver.
DINAMO ZAGREB (3-1-4-2): Dominik Livakovic; Stefan Ristovski, Josip Sutalo, Dino Peric; Josip Misic; Dario Spikic, Luka Ivanusec, Arijan Ademi, Robert Ljubicic; Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic.
That victory sent Salzburg to the summit of Group E, and the Austrian side are the only one yet to lose a game so far. They are only two points ahead of Dinamo though, meaning either side could finish the match top, depending on other results.
Sat at the bottom of an incredibly tight group, hosts Dinamo shocked Chelsea to win 1-0 in their opening match, but have lost two since, including a 1-0 loss in Salzburg last time out.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this UEFA Champions League fixture, between Dinamo Zagreb and RB Salzburg in Group E.