Hajduk Split training watched by 3,000 rowdy fans with flares and banners ahead of fierce derby against Dinamo Zagreb

HAJDUK SPLIT'S training session was attended by 3,000 rowdy fans ahead of Wednesday's Eternal Derby with rivals Dinamo Zagreb.

Die-hard Hajduk supporters showed up with flares and banners to motivate the players ahead of their crunch clash with their Croatian foes at the Poljud Stadium.

Fans crowded the stands of the team's training facility during their penultimate practice session on Monday.

The chants did not stop for a minute and are expected to continue tomorrow as 26,000 tickets have already been sold.

This comes after the Split outfit announced they have reached 70,000 members, which is the highest number in the football club's history.

Fan support has significantly increased in the last few months as Hajduk have improved compared to last season.

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The two rivals have already played twice this season and Hajduk hold the bragging rights so far.

Their first meeting took place in December at the Maksimir Stadium where the visitors won 2-0 thanks to goals by Marko Livaja and Emir Sahiti.

And the return leg in Split last month ended in a goalless draw.

Dinamo are top of the table with two points separating them from second-placed Osijek.

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Hajduk are seven points behind the table toppers in third place heading to that big match.

Valdas Dambrauskas' side are quite behind but will get the chance to win the Croatian Cup when they meet Rijeka in the final on May 26.

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