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Hearts   2 - 0   Dinamo Zagreb (agg 2 - 4)

By Colin Moffat

Marius Zaliukas was on target for Hearts
Hearts could not claw back the 4-0 first leg deficit

Hearts gave Dinamo Zagreb a fright but a stirring display could not prevent the Tynecastle side from exiting the Europa League at the play-off stage.

On a nervous night for Zagreb keeper Tomislav Butina, Michael Stewart drilled Hearts in front on 17 minutes.

Stewart then rattled the crossbar from 10 yards as Hearts sought to reduce a 4-0 first leg deficit.

A shot from Marius Zaliukas trundled its way past the woeful Butina on 55 minutes but the visitors held out.

Having been outplayed in Croatia a week ago, there was an understandable air of anti-climax surrounding the return leg and there was further gloom when a set of floodlights was blown out by a fire before the match.

The blaze was dealt with, allowing the match to go ahead minus one set of lights, and Hearts made a smouldering start to give the fans a glimmer of hope.

David Obua was guilty of a terrible fresh air swipe with the goal at his mercy, and a poor first touch from Gary Glen saw the youngster's shot on the turn smothered by Butina.

However, the goalkeeper's continued flapping was punished when his failure to deal with a cross saw the ball break to Stewart and the Hearts skipper powered his way into the penalty area to steer home a low strike.

Soon after, Stewart smashed a shot against the crossbar, with the goal at his mercy and Butina all at sea.

Zagreb's Greece international striker Dimitrios Papadopoulos whistled an early shot inches wide and, on 24 minutes, Janos Balogh did well to push away a fizzing effort from Mario Mandzukic.

The energy levels from Hearts dipped before the interval but they came roaring back at the start of the second half with renewed vim and vigour.

And the home pressure paid off when a series of Zagreb errors presented Zaliukas with the ball some 16 yards from goal.

The Lithuanian defender turned and shot through a ruck of players, with Butina rooted to the spot as the ball rolled gently past him and into the net.

Zagreb were a threat on the break and two long distance shots gave Balogh cause for concern before the Hearts keeper made an impressive, instinctive save to deny Papadopoulos.

Butina finally did something right when he kept out a close range header from Ismael Bouzid at his far post and Obua could only hook a shot over the crossbar from a promising position.

Hearts continued to press as driving rain added to the drama in Edinburgh but it was Balogh who had to look smart late in the game to keep out another Mandzukic shot.

Csaba Laszlo's side salvaged some pride with a gutsy display but, after exposing Zagreb's shortcomings, will be ruing their inept first leg showing all the more.

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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Europa League Q'fying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hearts 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 2-4)
  • Stewart 17
  • Zaliukas 55

    Hearts

    • 01 Balogh
    • 05 Jose Goncalves
    • 13 Obua
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid
    • 26 Zaliukas
    • 06 Palazuelos (Black 82 yellow card)
    • 07 Suso Santana
    • 23 Stewart yellow card
    • 46 Thomson
    • 14 Nade (Smith 55)
    • 36 Glen (Driver 60)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Kello,
    • 02 Kucharski,
    • 20 Thomson,
    • 08 Black,
    • 11 Driver,
    • 44 Smith,
    • 18 Novikovas

    Dinamo Zagreb

    • 01 Butina
    • 06 Lovren yellow card
    • 15 Carlos
    • 19 Barbaric yellow card
    • 21 Vrdoljak
    • 22 Biscan
    • 10 Sammir (Tomecak 68)
    • 16 Badelj
    • 17 Mandzukic
    • 77 Morales (Calello 87)
    • 99 Papadopoulos (Slepicka 89)

    Substitutes

    • 30 Loncaric,
    • 02 Tomecak,
    • 05 Calello,
    • 11 Glavina,
    • 09 Kramaric,
    • 20 Slepicka,
    • 24 Sivonjic
    Ref: KircherAtt: 11,769
    HEARTS
    DINAMO ZAGREB

    Possession

    • Hearts 52%
    • Dinamo Zagreb 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Hearts 5
    • Dinamo Zagreb 8

    Attempts off target

    • Hearts 4
    • Dinamo Zagreb 7

    Corners

    • Hearts 3
    • Dinamo Zagreb 4

    Fouls

    • Hearts 16
    • Dinamo Zagreb 20
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:14 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+2:14 Free kick taken by Igor Biscan.
    • 90:00+2:14 Booking Ian Black booked.
    • 90:00+2:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Mandzukic by Ian Black.
    • 90:00+1:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Mandzukic on Craig Thomson. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
    • 90:00+0:08 David Obua challenges Santos Carlos unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Milan Badelj, Mario Mandzukic takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Milan Badelj, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
    • 89:06 Foul by Ian Black on Mario Mandzukic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Milan Badelj.
    • 88:18 Substitution (Dinamo Zagreb) makes a substitution, with Miroslav Slepicka coming on for Dimitrios Papadopoulos.
    • 88:18 Jose Goncalves has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 87:38 Foul by Milan Badelj on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Igor Biscan.
    • 86:56 Shot from just outside the box by Milan Badelj misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:07 Substitution Adrian Calello on for Pedro Morales.
    • 86:07 The ball is crossed by Dejan Lovren, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.
    • 84:11 Dimitrios Papadopoulos challenges Jose Goncalves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:02 David Obua takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 81:47 Substitution Ian Black comes on in place of Ruben Palazuelos.
    • Correction - 81:01 Dimitrios Papadopoulos takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 81:01 Dimitrios Papadopoulos takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
    • 78:17 Michael Stewart fouled by Mario Mandzukic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
    • 77:01 Centre by Craig Thomson, Ismael Bouzid takes a shot. Save by Tomislav Butina.
    • 77:01 Booking Dejan Lovren is shown a yellow card.
    • 76:55 Dejan Lovren gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver.
    • 76:43 David Obua fouled by Ivica Vrdoljak, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
    • 75:58 The official flags Suso Santana offside. Free kick taken by Tomislav Butina.
    • 73:03 Effort from long distance by Pedro Morales goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 71:22 Michael Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivica Vrdoljak. Direct free kick taken by Ivica Vrdoljak.
    • 69:50 Foul by Mario Mandzukic on Ismael Bouzid, free kick awarded. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
    • 66:58 Free kick taken by Tomislav Butina.
    • 66:58 Substitution Ivan Tomecak is brought on as a substitute for Jorge Sammir.
    • 66:58 Andrew Driver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Santos Carlos.
    • 64:02 The ball is crossed by Craig Thomson. Gordon Smith is ruled offside. Tomislav Butina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 63:51 Ruben Palazuelos delivers the ball.
    • 62:42 Effort from 20 yards by Milan Badelj. Janos Balogh makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Pedro Morales, save by Janos Balogh.
    • 61:58 Dimitrios Papadopoulos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:20 Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
    • 59:20 Substitution Gary Glen goes off and Andrew Driver comes on.
    • 59:20 Booking Tomislav Barbaric goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 59:10 Foul by Tomislav Barbaric on Suso Santana, free kick awarded.
    • 58:11 Jorge Sammir fouled by Jose Goncalves, the ref awards a free kick. Pedro Morales delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Craig Thomson.
    • 57:38 Unfair challenge on Mario Mandzukic by Suso Santana results in a free kick. Mario Mandzukic takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:58 Corner taken by Pedro Morales, A cross is delivered by Mario Mandzukic, save by Janos Balogh.
    • 56:20 Free kick taken by Ivica Vrdoljak.
    • 56:20 Booking Michael Stewart booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 56:15 Michael Stewart challenges Dimitrios Papadopoulos unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 55:35 Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 55:04 Shot by Dimitrios Papadopoulos from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 54:11 Substitution Christian Nade leaves the field to be replaced by Gordon Smith.
    • 54:11 GOAL - Marius ZaliukasHearts 2 - 0 Dinamo Zagreb Goal scored by Marius Zaliukas from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 2 (2)-(4) 0 Dinamo Zagreb.
    • 53:21 Igor Biscan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Nade. Craig Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Dejan Lovren makes a clearance. Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Igor Biscan makes a clearance.
    • 52:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Tomislav Barbaric. Free kick crossed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Mario Mandzukic.
    • 52:09 Milan Badelj takes a shot. Jose Goncalves gets a block in.
    • 51:10 Mario Mandzukic challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:51 Foul by Igor Biscan on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 47:39 The ball is delivered by Craig Thomson. The offside flag is raised against David Obua. Free kick taken by Tomislav Butina.
    • 47:39 Craig Thomson delivers the ball, The assistant referee flags for offside against David Obua. Tomislav Butina takes the free kick.
    • 45:59 Dimitrios Papadopoulos challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:21 Effort from a long way out by Jorge Sammir goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 44:39 The ball is sent over by David Obua, Santos Carlos manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:23 Foul by Milan Badelj on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 37:24 Marius Zaliukas concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Mandzukic. Strike comes in from Mario Mandzukic from the free kick.
    • 35:19 Shot from just outside the box by Milan Badelj goes over the crossbar.
    • 34:10 Gary Glen fouled by Ivica Vrdoljak, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Goncalves.
    • 33:17 Gary Glen takes a shot. Tomislav Butina makes a comfortable save.
    • 32:10 David Obua challenges Ivica Vrdoljak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Santos Carlos takes the free kick.
    • 28:10 Unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Milan Badelj results in a free kick. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:56 The ball is crossed by Craig Thomson. Michael Stewart has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Corner taken by Craig Thomson.
    • 24:54 Mario Mandzukic takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 24:21 Gary Glen is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tomislav Butina.
    • 23:47 Christian Nade gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren. Dejan Lovren takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:43 Jose Goncalves fouled by Dejan Lovren, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • Correction - 19:34 The ball is delivered by Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Mario Mandzukic takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pedro Morales, Gary Glen makes a clearance.
    • 19:34 Dimitrios Papadopoulos crosses the ball, Mario Mandzukic takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh. Outswinging corner taken by Mario Mandzukic, clearance made by Gary Glen.
    • 18:38 Shot by Jorge Sammir from 20 yards. Janos Balogh makes a save. Foul by Gary Glen on Igor Biscan, free kick awarded. Igor Biscan takes the free kick.
    • 16:49 GOAL - Michael StewartHearts 1 - 0 Dinamo Zagreb Michael Stewart gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1 (1)-(4) 0 Dinamo Zagreb.
    • 16:44 The ball is crossed by Christian Nade, save made by Tomislav Butina.
    • 15:34 Gary Glen takes a shot. Save by Tomislav Butina.
    • 14:49 Mario Mandzukic takes a shot. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas. Centre by Dimitrios Papadopoulos.
    • 14:34 Craig Thomson sends in a cross, clearance by Igor Biscan.
    • 12:15 Jorge Sammir delivers the ball, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:10 Unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren by David Obua results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jorge Sammir.
    • 9:22 Ruben Palazuelos challenges Dimitrios Papadopoulos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Milan Badelj.
    • 9:07 The ball is delivered by Suso Santana, Tomislav Butina makes a save. Clearance made by Tomislav Barbaric.
    • 7:34 Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Dimitrios Papadopoulos, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Pedro Morales from right wing, Ruben Palazuelos makes a clearance. Foul by Dimitrios Papadopoulos on Ruben Palazuelos, free kick awarded. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
    • 6:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mario Mandzukic. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 5:23 The referee blows for offside against Mario Mandzukic. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
    • 5:11 David Obua is ruled offside. Igor Biscan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:30 Jose Goncalves fouled by Dejan Lovren, the ref awards a free kick. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
    • 3:24 Effort from inside the area by Dimitrios Papadopoulos bounces off the post.
    • 2:36 Foul by Jose Goncalves on Ivica Vrdoljak, free kick awarded. Dejan Lovren takes the free kick.
    • 1:28 David Obua has an effort at goal from 18 yards.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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