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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Hillal Soudani (17', 24', 45'+1')
  • Angelo Henriquez (70')
  • Ante Coric (90'+2')
  • Aurelian Chitu (82')

Dinamo Zagreb 5-1 FK Astra Giurgiu

El Arbi Soudani's first-half hat-trick propelled Dinamo Zagreb towards a 5-1 win over Astra Giurgiu of Romania in Europa League Group D.
Two headers and an unmarked tap-in from the Algeria striker made it 3-0 at half-time before substitutes Angelo Henriquez and Ante Coric added second-half strikes, Aurelian Chitu with Astra's solitary reply.
And with Salzburg and Celtic drawing in the other game in the group, Dinamo are the early leaders in the standings.
Dinamo forward Wilson Eduardo's early shot was blocked before Astra threatened when Constantin Budescu's shot was saved.
But the opener arrived in the 16th minute when Ivo Pinto crossed perfectly from the right for Soudani to head the ball into the bottom corner.
And after Wilson Eduardo was denied again, Soudani extended the lead in the 23rd minute with a powerful downward header from Domagoj Antolic's corner.
Syam Ben Youssef's header was off target as Astra sought a response but it was Soudani again who netted on the stroke of half-time.
As before, the goal came from a right-wing cross, this time from Wilson Eduardo, and a hopelessly unattended Soudani could hardly believe his luck as he slotted home right-footed from six yards to round off his treble.
Astra's Seidou Yahaya shot wide early in the second half but the visitors were unable to mount any kind of sustained push.
And after Antolic shot wide, Dinamo introduced Henriquez for Duje Cop - with immediate effect.
The on-loan Manchester United striker had been on the field less than three minutes when he latched on to a fine through-ball from the hugely impressive Antolic and slotted the ball calmly into the bottom corner.
Constantin Budescu whistled a free-kick over the bar at the other end but was the provider as Astra finally got themselves on the scoresheet through a subsitute of their own, Chitu converting his excellent far-post cross.
Another Chitu effort was saved before Dinamo added a late coat of gloss to the scoreline, Soudani picking out 17-year-old Coric who curled a delightful effort beyond keeper Silviu Lung.
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