Dinamo Zagreb celebrate eighth Croatian title

May 14, 2006

ZAGREB, May 14 (Reuters) - Dinamo Zagreb celebrated their eighth title since Croatia gained independence in 1991 with a 1-0 win over last year's champions Hajduk Split on Saturday.

Talented 20-year-old attacking midfielder Luka Modric, a member of Croatia's World Cup squad, scored with a scorcher from just inside the box in the 11th minute.

Dinamo won the title with 76 points, 11 points ahead of second-placed Rijeka, who won the Croatian Cup earlier in May.

Last year's championship runners-up Inter Zapresic were relegated.

In the 15-year history of the Croatian league, Hajduk have won six titles, while one was taken by FC Zagreb in 2002.