Senegal’s Gueye on target for Everton

Everton put themselves in a strong position to reach the Europa League group stage with a first-leg win over Hajduk Split marred by crowd trouble.

Hajduk fans surged towards the Goodison Park pitch and threw objects as play was stopped in the 33rd minute.

Moments earlier, Michael Keane had risen highest at the far post to head in Leighton Baines’ left-wing cross.

Idrissa Gueye slotted in when play resumed after a five-minute delay, giving the Toffees a healthy lead.

Uefa will now look into the crowd trouble, before the second leg in Croatia next Thursday, where a win, draw or single-goal defeat would be enough to guarantee Ronald Koeman’s side a place in the Europa League group stage.

Commenting on the stoppage, Koeman said: “I was disappointed. I like to have it really fair, that you can play football, and we needed to stop. I don’t know what happened, it was in the corner.”

Hajduk, who finished third in the Croatian top-flight last season, pressed more in the second half as the Premier League side held on to a vital clean sheet.

Everton’s new £30m keeper Jordan Pickford produced three fine saves – including a smart save low to his left from Franck Ohandza – to stop the visitors netting a potentially crucial away goal.

“I was really happy with the first half and unhappy about the second. We lost a big opportunity to score more goals,” said Koeman.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

THURSDAY 17TH AUGUST 2017

  • Vardar 2-0 Fenerbahçe
  • FT:Ajax 0-1 Rosenborg
  • FT:Domzale 1-1 Marseille
  • FT:Milan 6-0 Shkendija
  • FT:Everton2-0Hajduk Split
  • FT:Apollon Limassol 3-2 FC Midtjylland
  • FT:Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Skenderbeu
  • FT:FK Krasnodar 3-2 Crvena Zvezda
  • FT:FH Hafnarfjördur 1-2 Sporting Braga 
    FT:BATE Bor1FC O-1 leksandra
    FT:PAOK Salonika 3-1 Östersunds FK
    FT:Viktoria Plzen 3-1 AEK Larnakca

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