SPLIT - Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb completed the domestic double on Thursday after beating traditional rivals Hajduk Split on penalties at the end of a dramatic second leg of their Cup final. Dinamo keeper Tomislav Butina saved two spot kicks to give his team a 4-3 win in the shootout after Hajduk had won the second leg at home 3-0 to make the score 3-3 on aggregate. Butina denied Giovanni Rosso and captain Srdjan Andric, who fell to his knees and had to be helped up by his team mates after Mirko Hrgovic's miss had given him the opportunity to take the penalties to sudden death. Striker Nikola Kalinic had given Hajduk the lead on the night with a crisp finish in the 56th minute. Bosnia midfielder Mladen Bartolovic made it 2-0 two minutes later with a diving header at the far post and Kalinic then completed the fightback with a fierce shot on the turn. "We were punished for sitting back on our huge lead from the first leg but fortunately we came out on top in the penalty shootout lottery," Dinamo coach Krunoslav Jurcic told Croatian television.
28 May 2009
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