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četvrtak, 22. kolovoza 2013.

Kantrida Stadium Electric As HNK Rijeka Host Europa League Match Against Stuttgart

HNK Rijeka pulled off a big surprise in the first match of the first round of the Europa League playoffs, beating German Bundesliga powerhouse VfB Stuttgart 2-1 in a packed Kantrida stadium. This surprise is a continuation after recently getting through the qualification round. This isn't a round up of the match, I just basically like checking out images of the atmosphere from throughout the day, the win is an added bonus. It was definitely a great atmosphere as Europa League playoffs has come back to Rijeka again.

The tickets for this match were sold out far in advance, and if they weren't sold out of jerseys when I was in Rijeka last time, I would be wearing it tomorrow. Zagreb Dinamo and Hajduk Split are the other Croatian teams that have advanced to the Europa League playoffs. Rijeka's historic Kantrida Stadium isn't a huge stadium by any means, but over the years it has been on numerous world lists of unusual soccer stadiums, that's because it's built right into the side of a cliff and right beside the Adriatic Sea. The bars, cafes and patios downtown and throughout the city were no doubt filled with celebrating fans after the match was over. The team is also not doing too badly in the First Croatian Football League (Prva hrvatska nogometna liga) with 3 draws and 3 wins so far and a close 3rd place in the standings. Some personal HNK Rijeka and Kantrida stadium related posts at the bottom. More info about this match is at the links....


Highlights of the match. (German commentary) More pre-game and match footage Here.

 HNK  Rijeka defeat Stuttgart 2-1 in front of charged home crowd during Europa League playoff match.


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