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2003–04 Croatian Second Football League

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Druga HNL
Season2003–04
ChampionsMeđimurje (North Division)
Pula 1856 (South Division)
PromotedMeđimurje
Pula 1856
RelegatedVirovitica
Sloga Nova Gradiška
Orijent

The 2003–04 Druga HNL (also known as 2. HNL) season was the 13th season of Croatia's second level football since its establishment in 1992. The league was contested in two regional groups (North Division and South Division), with 12 clubs each.

North Division

Play-off Group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Međimurje (C, P) 32 21 6 5 70 28 +42 69 Qualification to promotion play-off
2 Belišće 32 19 8 5 66 27 +39 65
3 Slavonija Požega 32 13 10 9 54 47 +7 49
4 Vukovar '91 32 14 5 13 45 54 −9 47
5 Grafičar Vodovod 32 12 9 11 51 36 +15 45
6 Metalac Osijek 32 10 8 14 48 56 −8 38
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Play-out Group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
7 Koprivnica 32 12 8 12 56 58 −2 44
8 Dilj 32 10 10 12 53 57 −4 40
9 Virovitica[a] (R) 32 10 8 14 39 48 −9 38
10 Čakovec 32 9 8 15 45 65 −20 35
11 Valpovka 32 9 4 19 39 71 −32 31 Qualification to relegation play-off
12 Sloga Nova Gradiška (R) 32 7 8 17 29 48 −19 29 Relegation to Croatian Third Football League
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ NK Virovitica withdrew from the competition at the end of the season

South Division

Play-off Group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pula 1856 (C, P) 32 18 8 6 59 33 +26 62 Qualification to promotion play-off
2 Pomorac 32 16 10 6 55 39 +16 58
3 Segesta 32 15 4 13 51 46 +5 49
4 Šibenik 32 15 4 13 45 42 +3 49
5 Solin Građa 32 15 3 14 56 47 +9 48
6 Novalja 32 14 6 12 43 40 +3 48
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Play-out Group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
7 Uskok Klis 32 13 10 9 46 44 +2 49
8 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 32 11 9 12 36 35 +1 42
9 Croatia Sesvete 32 11 8 13 40 47 −7 41
10 Imotski 32 11 5 16 40 44 −4 38
11 GOŠK Dubrovnik 32 9 10 13 33 48 −15 37 Qualification to relegation play-off
12 Orijent (R) 32 2 7 23 23 62 −39 13 Relegation to Croatian Third Football League
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

Promotion play-off

Međimurje and Pula 1856, winners of the North and South Division, qualified for a two-legged promotion play-off, which took place on 12 and 16 May 2004. The tie ended in a 2–2 aggregate score and Pula 1856 won it after the penalty shootout ended 5–4 in their favor, thereby earning promotion to the Prva HNL for the following season.

Međimurje2 – 0Pula 1856
Kelemen Goal 14'
Ribić Goal 26'
Report
(in Croatian)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Željko Širić (Osijek)

Pula 18562 – 0Međimurje
Jerneić Goal 38'59' Report
(in Croatian)
Penalties
Ostović Penalty missed
Deranja Penalty scored
Raić-Sudar Penalty scored
Trešnjić Penalty scored
Iftić Penalty missed
Dobrić Penalty missed
Pauletić Penalty scored
Jerneić Penalty scored
5 – 4 Penalty scored Domjanić
Penalty missed Ribić
Penalty scored Šarić
Penalty missed Ratković
Penalty scored Perić
Penalty missed Sesar
Penalty scored Haxhiu
Penalty missed Batista
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Edo Trivković (Split)

However, Međimurje had another chance for promotion, as the losing team from the promotion play-off played another two-legged tie against the 11th placed team of Prva HNL, Cibalia. Međimurje won 4–2 on aggregate and was promoted to 2004–05 Prva HNL.

See also

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