Everton face Croatian test in Europa League

Date published: Friday 4th August 2017 1:22

Everton will play Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off round.

Ronald Koeman’s team were paired with the Croatian club during UEFA’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

Everton were seeded for the draw after overcoming Slovakian side Ruzomberok 2-0 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round.

The Toffees, in European competition for the first time in three years, were not at their best in either leg against MFK Ruzomberok.

Leighton Baines’ deflected shot gave them a 1-0 win at Goodison Park before Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal on Thursday night provided the same scoreline in the away leg.

Hajduk Split have beaten Levski Sofia and Brondby to get to this stage and have lost in the final play-off round in each of the past three seasons.

The last Premier League club to play them was Stoke in 2011 and Tony Pulis’ team won each leg to advance 2-0 on aggregate.

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