Everton drawn with Hajduk Split in Europa League play-off round

Rosalie Stanley
August 5, 2017

"Maybe Dominic feels a bit more comfortable as one of two strikers".

If Dominic Calvert-Lewin has reason to pinch himself at how his summer has progressed, then Ronald Koeman followed the forward's latest match-winning intervention by delivering a brutal dose of reality.

Everton thus reached the Europa League play-off round with a 2-0 aggregate win over MFK Ružomberok.

The Dutch side were undone by their inability to score over two legs as Petar Bockaj's 25th minute goal put the Croatian club through 2-0 on aggregate.

Everton will take on Hajduk Split in their final Europa League qualifier.

"And for most of the players it was a really physical game, 90 minutes, and that's what you need in a pre-season".

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However, ahead of the game, and even when he came on as a substitute, some fans were questioning why he was still involved with the first-team squad.

Everton will learn who they will face in the Europa League playoff on Friday, when the draw is held, as the club aim for a place in the competition's group stages.

There were only flickers of quality from Ronald Koeman's side prior to half-time, with Wayne Rooney - on his 50th begin in all competitions for Everton - partnering Sandro Ramirez in advance.

"But we know that we can and need to improve in our ball possession".

"Two victories, two clean sheets and we did better defensively tonight than we did last week", Koeman said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

"We like more competition and that explanation is not so hard".

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