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Mladost better in shoot-out

The top four teams in Croatia are battling for the Croatian championship. In the playoffs semi-finals, defending champions Jug made a huge step towards the finals defeating Mornar 6-12 in game 1. The big battle though is between top contenders Mladost and Primorje. On Saturday, the first encounter between the two ended up in a penalty shoot-out which Mladost took a little better. Croatia's national team goalkeeper Josip Pavic blocked a five-meter shot from Hungarian international Daniel Varga which ment the 14-13 victory for the home team at Zagreb. Kristijan Milaković had a big part in the win. He strucked twice, first with just 23 seconds remaing in regulation (8-8), and again in overtime to keep his team in the race (9-9). To finish things off, Milaković converted on the final penalty to give Mladost the win.

Croatian championship playoffs

Semi-finals

Game 1


14-04

Mornar BS - Jug CO Dubrovnik 6-12 (2-1, 0-5, 1-2, 3-3)

15-04

HAVK Mladost Zagreb - Primorje EB Rijeka 14-13 (2-2, 1-2, 2-1, 3-3); Extra time: 0-1, 1-0.
Penalties: 5-4


Pictured: Mladost's goalkeeper Josip Pavic

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