Dinamo Zagreb stunts in EL and eliminates Tottenham after extra time
Dinamo Zagreb stunted the Europa League on Thursday. The champion of Croatia won 3-0 against Tottenham Hotspur after extra time and qualified for the quarterfinals. AS Roma, Arsenal and Granada also joined the last eight.
Tottenham Hotspur started with last week’s 2-0 home win with an excellent starting position at the return in the Maksimir Stadium, but José Mourinho’s team played a very poor game.
Mislav Orsic was therefore able to become the man of the match. The 28-year-old striker of Dinamo Zagreb forced an extension with two hits after half time and in the 106th minute he put the home team ahead with his third goal of the evening over two duels.
Mourinho sent Steven Bergwijn into the field, but the Dutchman could no longer prevent the painful elimination.
Dinamo Zagreb lost its trainer Zoran Mamic on Monday, who resigned after being sentenced by the Croatian Supreme Court to a prison sentence of four years and eight months for embezzlement and tax evasion at the 21-time champion.
AS Roma also wins game against Shakhtar
AS Roma won 1-2 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, after the Italians had already booked a 3-0 victory at home last week. Borja Mayoral made both hits for Roma and is now the top scorer of this Europa League season with seven goals.
Karsdorp, who was replaced after an hour, played an important role in the 0-1 just after the break. The Dutchman steamed over the right side and gave a low cross, which was not well cleared by Shakhtar captain Serhiy Kryvtsov. Mayoral could therefore quite easily hit the head.
Arsenal lost 0-1 to Olympiacos through a goal from Youssef El Arabi, but the quarter-final spot of ‘The Gunners’ was never really in danger due to last week’s 1-3 win.
Granada bowed 2-1 in Budapest for the Norwegian Molde, but the Spanish team continues to cup because of the 2-0 home win. Molde took the lead after half an hour via the Spaniard Jesús Vallejo and could hope for a stunt, until Roberto Soldado made the important goal twenty minutes before the end. Eirik Hestad’s 2-1 (penalty kick) came too late.