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Dinamo Zagreb defeated PAOK in the knockout phase of the Conference League

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Dinamo Zagreb beat PAOK 2:0 at their Maksimir stadium and with the goals of Bruno Petković in the 37th and 71st minutes, took a huge step towards reaching the quarterfinals. After the sensational elimination of Betis and the first victory away from home against a team from the “League of Five”, the Croatian champion once again rewrote the club’s history.

The rematch is scheduled for next Thursday at 18:45 in Thessaloniki, and the Greek representative will have a very difficult task. PAOK captain Andrija Živković played at Maksimir in the 83rd minute and it will be necessary for him to make a huge turnaround with his teammates in order to win a place among the top eight.

First of all, thanks to the great center forward Petković, Dinamo has already stepped into the next phase. The often criticized Croatian centre-forward exploded this season in Europe and is one of the two best scorers in the competition, with seven goals in the Conference League.

Meticulous statisticians calculated that the only Croat since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia who scored more goals in Euro-competitions was Ivica Olić, when he scored nine goals in the 2008/09 season. As the striker from Metković is currently playing, it seems that he could surpass that number this season.

Dinamo Zagreb started the 2023/23 European season in the Champions League qualifiers, where they were eliminated by AEK, then they were also eliminated in the battle for the Europa League in a double-header against Sparta Prague, thus ending up in the Conference League. He passed the group in which he was with Astana, Balkani from “Kosovo” and Viktoria Plzen, and then shone in the knockout phase.

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