Croatian champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb have claimed the first trophy of the new season after beating their biggest rivals, Croatian Cup holders HNK Hajduk Split, 4-1 on penalties in the Super Cup match at the Stadion Maksimir.
Trailing to Duje Čop's first-half goal for Dinamo, the Split outfit came back to equalise in Zagreb with a 76th-minute spot kick from Mijo Caktaš. However, when a shoot-out directly followed the final whistle of the second half, Hajduk had no answer to confident finishes by Josip Šimunić, Čop again, Alen Halilović and Domagoj Antolić.
"It was an excellent game, one of the best matches between Dinamo and Hajduk that I remember. Our fans can be happy. They saw a good contest and we managed to win the shoot-out," said striker Čop, who was on target twice against his former club.
Dinamo, having clinched their eighth consecutive First League title last term, went in front on 33 minutes when Čop raced clear to net from 15 metres after Marcelo Brozović had lost possession to El Arabi Hilal Soudani. The provider almost turned scorer 13 minutes into the second half but missed when well placed inside the opposition area.
Krunoslav Jurčić's team rued that moment of profligacy as Caktaš levelled from the penalty spot with 14 minutes remaining, following Lee Addy's foul on Jean Evrard Kouassi. However, come the ensuing shoot-out, it was the Dinamo players who held their nerve with four successful conversions. Goran Jozinović sent Hajduk's second attempt wide while Dinamo keeper Pablo Migliore saved the third from Ivan Tomičić as Igor Tudor's men finally succumbed.
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