Despite clinching the title over a week ago due to an insurmountable lead atop the league standings, Dinamo Zagreb was officially crowned champions on Saturday night as the Croatian football league wrapped up in entertaining fashion.
Swiss international Mario Gavranović put in two goals for Dinamo, while Algerian striker Hilal Soudani scored once, as Dinamo won their final game of the season 3:1 over Inter Zaprešić.
"We played a solid game. We scored three goals. It was a good result following our last game and ahead of the Cup final on Wednesday," said newly-appointed head coach Nenad Bjelica. "It was our last league game and it was a great chance for us to celebrate in front of our home fans."
The new champs saw their streak of 11 national titles in a row come to an end last year when Rijeka proved to be the better team.
"I'd like to congratulate the team and everyone who invested their time and effort especially coaches Cvitanović and Jurčević who came before me. This is their title. Congratulations" added coach Bjelica.
Dinamo will now try to emulate what Rijeka did last season by winning the Croatian Cup on Wednesday against archrival Hajduk Split who finished third in the league championships after losing to Rijeka on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm glad we brought the title back to Maksimir. We'll do everything we can to bring the Cup back too. It was a turbulent season but we deserved to win the title," said team captain Arijan Ademi.
Dinamo came out on top with 73 points from 36 matches, three points ahead of Rijeka and seven points ahead of Hajduk Split.
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