Bratislava, Trnava, stadium City Arena – Štadión Antona Malatinského
Uefa Europa League, Group Stage, round 3
SK Spartak Trnava – GNK Dinamo Zagreb 1-2
Spartak and Dinamo meet in 3rd stage round of Uefa Europa League. Game was played behind closed doors due to UEFA ban. Dinamo Zagreb won 1-2. Special thanks to Spartak giving me press accreditation and allowing me to photo the match.
Match was played in Trnava at City Arena with a capacity of 19200 seats. But as said previously, match was sadly played behind closed doors due to UEFA ban. UEFA banned Spartak Trnava due to racism on previous match.
Trnava is small town with the population of approximate 65 000 inhabitants and is situated around 50 km from Bratislava. It is also one of the oldest cities in Slovakia.
Dinamo Zagreb came to Trnava undefeated after first two rounds, 3 points ahead of Spartak Trnava. In first round Dinamo won at home Fenerbahce 4-1, and in second round Dinamo won against Anderlecht 0-2 at away match.
While Spartak won at home against Anderlecht 1-0, and lost in second round at away game against Fenerbahce 2-0.
This was also first match between those two teams, they never meet before in European competitions.
Starting line ups:
Spartak Trnava: M. Chudý, M. Tóth, M. Oravec, B. Godál, M. Čonka, E. Grendel, E. Jirka, V. Tchanturishvili, J. Rada, L. Greššák, A. Ghorbani.
Dinamo Zagreb: D. Livaković, M. Lešković, P. Stojanović, D. Perić, A. Rrahmani, Daniel Olmo, A. Ademi, A. Gojak, M. Gavranović, I. Hajrović, M. Oršić.
Spartak started match better and scored in 32. minute with a goal by Ali Ghorbani. While Dinamo was far better in the second half, and with goals from M. Gavranović and M. Oršić, they won and remain top of Group D.