VARAžDIN. Varaždin beat Gorica to win 2-1. A. Elezi was the key to score 2 goals. It was Varaždin to strike first with a goal of A. Elezi at the 10′. Then A. Elezi scored again for Varaždin in the 43′ minute with a goal scoring a double. Eventually, D. Juric reduced the distance for Gorica with a goal. However, that was it, and the result remained 2-1. Gorica lost this match even if it was superior in terms of ball possession (58%).
Varaždin remained in 10 people after M. Sego received a red card in the 74′. Anyway, Varaždin still was able to win this match playing only with 10 players. In fact, on the other side, D. Juric received a red card (90′). This double yellow card was one of the reason why Gorica lost the match.
The match was played at the Stadion Anđelko Herjavec stadium in Varaždin on Saturday and it started at 6:55 pm local time. The referee was Radoslav Gidzhenov who had the assistance of Georgi Minev and Georgi Stamboldzhiev. The 4th official was Ante Čuljak. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant around 17.5 degrees Celsius or 63.48 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 35%.
Gorica was in firm control of the ball 58% while Varaždin was struggling with a 42% ball possession.
Gorica was more aggressive with 90 dangerous attacks and 11 shots of which 2 were on target. Anyhow, Varaždin succeeded in find the solution to win this encounter.
Varaždin shot 7 times, 3 on target, 4 off target. On the other side, Gorica shot 11 times, 2 on target, 9 off target.
Varaždin received 3 yellow cards (L. Belcar, M. Pilj and J. Pellumbi). On the other side, Gorica received 4 yellow cards (T. Fruk, D. Juric, M. Steenvoorden and ).
(Varaždin) was sent out after receiving a red card in the (74′).
Also, Gorica didn’t manage to end the match with 11 players after D. Juric (Gorica) was sent out after receiving a second yellow card (90′).
After playing this contest, Varaždin will have 9 points like Hajduk Split to stay in the 4th place. On the opposite side, Gorica will stay with 5 points like Rijeka to stay in the 9th place.
Gorica will host Dinamo Zagreb on the 10th of September with a 15-0 head to head in favor of Dinamo Zagreb (1 draw).
Varaždin: Formation and Lineups
Varaždin started with a mid-fielder-oriented line-up (4-1-4-1).
The manager Mario Kovačević chose to play with the following team: Oliver Zelenika , Matija Kolarić , Luka Jelenić , Jorgo Pëllumbi , Itsuki Urata , Leon Belcar , Andris Herrera , Tonio Teklić , Agon Elezi , Michele Šego and Fran Brodić .
Varaždin made 5 changes: L. Belcar for M. Stanic (57′), A. Herrera for J. Stanic (68′), A. Elezi for M. Pilj (68′), F. Brodic for D. Puclin (75′) and M. Kolaric for M. Stolnik (76′).
Top player: Agon Elezi
The player who no doubt impressed Varaždin the most was Agon Elezi.
His rating iswith 2 goals, 21 passes (90% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 3 duels out of 4. He performed 1 cross.
Gorica: Formation and Lineups
Gorica started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
On the other side, Samir Toplak played with: Ivan Banić , Momčilo Raspopović , Matthew Steenvoorden , Krešimir Krizmanić , Matúš Vojtko , Jurica Pršir , Paulius Golubickas , Joey Suk , Merveil Ndockyt , Caio Cruz and Toni Fruk .
Gorica made 5 changes: M. Ndockyt for D. Prokop (47′), C. Da Cruz for A. M. Juric (47′), P. Golubickas for T. Francois (58′), M. Raspopovic for M. Wague (58′) and J. Prsir for A. M. Juric (81′).
Top player: Matthew Steenvoorden
Probably the most impressive player in Gorica was Matthew Steenvoorden.
His rating iswith 61 passes (85% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 3 duels out of 3. He performed 1 cross.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the 1. HNL