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Dinamo succumb to lone Di María goal

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.56CET
GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Real Madrid
Ángel Di María's second-half strike ensured three Group D points for the visitors, who had Marcelo sent off 17 minutes from time.
by Peter Murphy
from Stadion Maksimir

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Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebReal Madrid

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
11
Attempts off target7
 
10
Corners11
 
6
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)44
 
56

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.56CET

Dinamo succumb to lone Di María goal

GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Real Madrid
Ángel Di María's second-half strike ensured three Group D points for the visitors, who had Marcelo sent off 17 minutes from time.

A second-half strike from Ángel Di María was enough for Real Madrid CF to overcome GNK Dinamo Zagreb in their Group D opener.

While Madrid fashioned chances of greater quantity and quality, Dinamo − playing in their first UEFA Champions League group game since 1999 − remained in contention until the death. José Mourinho's side were ultimately too powerful, though, with Di María's 53rd-minute strike, fashioned by Karim Benzema and Marcelo, earning a deserved if narrow victory.

In a frantic first quarter Madrid were forced to defend two corners but quickly responded with a succession of dangerous counterattacks. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Özil both fired wide from good positions, Fábio Coentrão curled a lob just over and Benzema grazed the top of the crossbar on 12 minutes with a right-footed chip.

The Croatian champions were refusing to sit back but they came perilously close to conceding before the half-hour, when parity was only maintained thanks to two point-blank Ivan Kelava saves. After Benzema had cut dangerously inside from the right and squared for Di María, Kelava's reflex stop rebounded to the unmarked Özil, whose volley was tipped over by the Dinamo No1, who also excelled in the play-offs against Malmö FF

Back came Dinamo and Krunoslav Jurčić's men squandered a presentable chance to break the deadlock when, sent clear by Jerko Leko, Ante Rukavina had only Iker Casillas to beat. The Madrid goalkeeper stood firm to palm the ball to safety and deny the hosts a shock lead.

Few predicted Dinamo would hold out for long but their resistance finally buckled seven minutes into the second period. Benzema was given time on the edge of the area to pick out Marcelo, who in turn teed up Di María for a sweet left-footed finish. The Merengues scented blood and could have had two goals in as many minutes but for the magnificent Kelava, who dived full length to turn a Ronaldo drive around the post before blocking a half-volley from Coentrão.

With Dinamo committing men forward in search of an equaliser, substitute Nikola Pokrivač had a half-chance blocked when in space. The home fans were given more hope when Marcelo was shown his second yellow card on 73 minutes yet a header wide from Tonel with two minutes left was the closest Dinamo came to an improbable draw.

Last updated: 22/11/13 9.07CET

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Quotes

  • Krunoslav Jurčić

    Read more"I don't remember people ever leaving the Maksimir so happy even though their team lost. Maybe Madrid underestimated us a bit in the first half an hour"

  • Aitor Karanka

    Read more"If anyone thought that this was going to be an easy game for us they would have been very wrong"

Lineups

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

real madrid

Real Madrid

30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
2
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
Substitution87
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card90+2
7
LekoJerko Leko
Yellow Card39
4
RamosSergio Ramos
8
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution63
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
10
SammirSammir
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution82
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution78
13
TonelTonel
12
MarceloMarcelo
Yellow Card70
Red Card73
16
BadeljMilan Badelj (C)
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
24
VidaDomagoj Vida
15
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
55
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution75
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal53
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
18
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution87
6
KhediraSami Khedira
21
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution75
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution82
23
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
Substitution63
Yellow Card65
19
VaraneRaphaël Varane
28
PuljićAnte Puljić
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution78
77
MoralesPedro Morales
21
CallejónJosé Callejón
99
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović
24
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution78

Coach

Krunoslav Jurčić (CRO) Aitor Karanka (ESP)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR), Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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