GORICA won 2-0 with Istria in the 32nd round of the first HNL. Dario Špikić and Josip Mitrović scored goals.
The first half was very boring, except for Hare’s solid shot in the 14th minute, there was no other chance. It looked like there would be no goal for the breakthrough, but Gorica still took the lead in the 42nd minute. Hamad scored from the left, Istria’s defense fell asleep, and the ball passed until Spicic’s second goal, who pushed the ball towards Lučić and took Gorica away. It should be said that Istria’s goalkeeper could have made a better response.
The second half continued the rhythm from the first half. There were not many opportunities, only Lu Qiqi defended Babbage’s good opportunity in the 55th minute. Due to the obvious hinterland of the Hare, Istria’s goal was cancelled two minutes ago.
Istra tried to score a goal, which meant a lot to them, but Hujber reduced the chances of scoring. The latter received a second yellow card in the 79th minute, thus Reduced the number of players in Istria. This opened up a lot of space for Gorica, so Lučić defended the ball to Dvonjekovic in the 81st minute, and Josip Mitrovic confirmed the victory in the 94th minute. He played well for the position and pushed the ball into Lucic’s lap.
As a result, Gorica won an important victory, four points away from the fourth-ranked Rijeka. Istria is still at the bottom of the table, one point less than Lokomotiva and Varaždin.