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Dinamo stride on following Žalgiris success

VMFD Žalgiris 0-2 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (agg: 0-4)
El Arbi Hilal Soudani and Josip Šimunić struck early in the second half to help confirm an appointment with Aalborg BK.

Josip Šimunić takes control in Vilnius
Josip Šimunić takes control in Vilnius ©Valdas Knyzelis

A trip to Aalborg BK next week beckons for GNK Dinamo Zagreb after they completed another 2-0 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round win against VMFD Žalgiris.

The Croatian title holders quickly atoned for a goalless first half in Vilnius, 19-year-old Marco Pjaca's incisive ball setting up half-time substitute El Arbi Hilal Soudani – one of Algeria's stars at the recent FIFA World Cup final – to lob Žalgiris goalkeeper Armantas Vitkauskas.

The home side may have feared worse was to come when Dinamo doubled their lead on 49 minutes, Domagoj Antolić's corner met with a powerful finish from 36-year-old captain Josip Šimunić. However, there were to be no further goals, though 17-year-old Dinamo substitute Ante Ćorić hit a post from ten metres eight minutes from time.

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