NK Dinamo Zagreb are in determined mood for the visit of FK Khazar Lenkoran tonight having been frustrated in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie last week.
Lenkoran forward Zaur Ramazanov had the honour of scoring the opening goal in this season's competition to leave Dinamo contemplating the possibility of an unexpected defeat in Azerbaijan. However, Brazilian substitute Etto equalised within five minutes of Ramazanov's strike to earn his side a deserved 1-1 draw. The Croatian champions were naturally buoyed by that away goal and a subsequent 5-0 victory in Saturday's opening game of the new domestic season at home to HNK Šibenik has raised confidence further.
Both clubs are well aware the path to the third qualifying round, the last hurdle before the group stage, is wide open with the winners of this tie due to face either Slovenia's NK Domžale or KF Tirana of Albania in the second qualifying round. With the likes of Sevilla FC, Liverpool FC and S.S. Lazio potentially lying in wait for the victorious side, there is real incentive for Dinamo, or indeed Lenkoran on their competition bow, to finish the job at the Maksimir Stadium.
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