Zoran Zeljković calms Ljubljana’s restless boat in the Domžale downpour: Olimpija wins Ljubljana basin showdown
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Although he was only confirmed as the new coach on Wednesday afternoon at Olimpija, Zoran Zeljković was up to the challenge on his debut. Olimpija, under a new coach, was away at nearby Domžale
where the playing conditions were borderline normal. During the game, a cloud “broke away” over Domžale and, especially in the first half, there was water everywhere on the pitch. The weather calmed down and Olimpija woke up, deservedly winning 2:0.
After a scoreless opening half, the Dragons pressed on in the second half and soon after returning from the dressing room, they dispelled all doubts about the winner The first goal of the match was scored in the 49th minute. In the first minute, Nemanja Motika cleverly broke between two Domžale players in the penalty area. He is just in time to see Rui Pedro all alone on the edge of the penalty area.
The Portuguese player had a really good position for the shot, but the execution was top-notch nonetheless. Rui Pedro, the top scorer in the Slovenian national championship, headed the ball under the crossbar to celebrate his eighth goal of the season.
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V 56. In the first minute, it was already 2:0 for the Dragons. Justas Lasickas broke down the right side and crossed in front of goal, where home goalkeeper Gašper Tratnik and young defender Lukas Hempt got tangled up. Only 17 years old, the defender made his debut in the Telemach First League and the last thing he wanted was an own goal. But that’s exactly what happened to him, he unluckily diverted the ball into his own net and collapsed helpless on the ground. Tratnik immediately patted him on the back – that’s football too!
Domžale also had their chances, some of them really promising. Twice the home team was denied by a great save from the visiting captain Marcel Ratnik, but in general Domžale players were simply not accurate enough in their shots and not lucky enough in their attempts. Given the performance, they might have deserved at least a goal, but they didn’t score and it ended as it did – with another win for Olimpija, who stayed six points behind the leader Celje.
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