EUROPA LEAGUE THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND 1ST LEG: Stoke take narrow first leg lead to Croatia

Stoke celebrated a 37 year absence from European competition with a narrow 1-0 first leg win over Hajduk Split in the Europa League qualifying round.

It should have been more comfortable for the Potters who had the opportunities to take a two goal first leg lead to Croatia next Thursday.

In the end Tony Pulis’s team had to settle for an early header from Jon Walters after only three minutes to settle the tie.

Kenwyne Jones looked the most likely to add to the scoreline going close on several occasions, but Hajduk Split doggedly held out ensuring they remain in the tie.

Referee: Babak Rafati (GER)

Venue: Britannia Stadium

Attendance: 26,322

Stoke scorers: Walters 3
Hajduk Split scorers:

01 Begovic
04 Huth (yellow card)
17 Shawcross
28 Wilkinson
06 Whelan
07 Pennant (Whitehead 75)
12 Wilson
24 Delap
26 Etherington (Shotton 88)
09 Jones
19 Walters

29 Sorensen,
05 Collins,
30 Shotton,
39 Woodgate,
14 Pugh,
15 Diao,
18 Whitehead

01 Subasic
07 Vejic
19 Inoha
22 Maloca
28 Ruben Lima
11 Andric
14 Tomasov (Sharbini 85)
18 Oremus
21 Mario Brkljaca
99 Anas Sharbini (Ljubicic 90+2)
13 Vukusic (Vukovic 63)

12 Kalinic,
17 Kukoc,
33 Dens,
08 Ljubicic,
09 Sharbini,
20 Vukovic,
91 Saric

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