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EUROPA LEAGUE THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND 2ND LEG: Late goal secures Stoke's passage into next round

Stoke are through to the Europa League qualifying play-offs with a 1-0 win on the night at Hajduk Split and 2-0 on aggregate. The Potters would have been looking for an early goal to settle their nerves but Jonathan Walters allowed defender Ljubo Milicevic to block his weak effort.

This miss could have proved costly for the visitor's as the Croatians piled on the pressure after the break with Anas Sharbini and Dinko Trebotic both looking dangerous.

But a late own goal confirmed Stoke's passage into the next round as Milicevic turned Dean Whitehead's cross into his own net deep into injury time for the Potters first ever success in European competition.

Referee: Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Venue: Stadion Poljud

Attendance: 29,548

Hajduk Split scorers: Stoke scorers: Milicevic 90+3 (og)

HAJDUK SPLIT 01 Subasic 05 Milicevic (yellow card) 22 Maloca 28 Ruben Lima 10 Trebotic (Saric 69 (yellow card) 11 Andric (yellow card) 14 Tomasov (Kukoc 87) 21 Mario Brkljaca 99 Anas Sharbini 13 Vukusic 20 Vukovic (Sharbini 56)

Substitutes 12 Kalinic, 17 Kukoc, 19 Inoha, 08 Ljubicic, 18 Oremus, 09 Sharbini, 91 Saric

STOKE 01 Begovic (yellow card) 04 Huth 17 Shawcross 39 Woodgate 06 Whelan 07 Pennant (yellow card) (Pugh 84) 12 Wilson 18 Whitehead (yellow card) 26 Etherington (yellow card) 09 Jones (Diao 77) 19 Walters (Shotton 86)

Substitutes 29 Sorensen, 05 Collins, 30 Shotton, 14 Pugh, 15 Diao, 23 Tonge, 32 Arismendi

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