Last month I was covering Croatian national football team in their qualifiers for FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia against Ukraine on Maksimir stadium in Zagreb.
Finally Croatia was playing in front of their supporters after 2 years of empty stadium as a UEFA‘s disciplinary case for hooliganism. It looked as fans were missing their national team because finally stadium was almost sold-out. Even the upper west stand was open even though it was declared as a security risk. Fun fact – there is no toilet on that part of stand.
This match was announced as a high-risk, media was full of supposed hooligan threats, ticket sales were available only with ID, you could buy them only at your name, there were 3 checkpoints before getting to your seat, there were so much policemen and security but at the end nothing bad happened.
The game itself was more dynamic in the first half when Croatia was playing more aggressive and as a result scored for 1:0 just at the end of half time. Kalinić scored after Modrić-Rakitić action, but after that nothing spectacular happened.
Oh yeah, since this is my first post here from “beautiful” Maksimir stadium I must say that lights on it are photographers nightmare and this was best I could pull out of RAW photos.
Answer to why I shoot sports in RAW you can find in some future post.