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Summary

  1. Everton qualify for Europa League group stage
  2. Sigurdsson scores from 50 yards for Everton
  3. Pickford saves Hajduk Split penalty
  4. Toffees won first leg 2-0 at Goodison Park

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks...

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

A cracking night for Everton and their new record signing. Gylfi stole the show with his 50-yarder to open his account and confirm the Toffees' place in the Europa League group stage.

A doff of the cap too to keeper Jordan Pickford, who saved a penalty and made a couple of other important saves.

£75m well spent right there.

Thanks for your company this evening. I'll see thee.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

History made for Macedonia

Earlier today, Vardar became the first Macedonian team to reach the group stages of a European competition. They beat Fenerbahce 2-1 in Turkey to follow on their 2-0 home win.

Europa League draw

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

So, Everton will be in the draw for the group stage of the Europa League, which takes place tomorrow at around 12:00 BST.

Arsenal are in there as well.

Match stats

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Opta have provided us with some stats from this evening. My favourite is this one:

  • The Toffees registered more shots on target in the opening 14 seconds of the second half than they did in the entire first half (0).

Here are some others:

  • Everton have won nine their last 11 European games (inc. qualifiers), losing the other two matches.
  • For the second consecutive campaign under Ronald Koeman, Everton have not lost any of their opening six games of the season in all competitions (W4 D2).
  • Everton have now progressed from each of their last two Europa League qualifying phases (also in 2009/10 under David Moyes).
  • Josip Radosevic's opener ended an Everton run of 313 minutes without conceding in European competition under Ronald Koeman.
  • After conceding all four penalties he faced at Sunderland (all in the Premier League), Jordan Pickford saved the first penalty he faced as an Everton player.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Not a bad couple of goals we've seen this evening in Split.

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Josip Radosevic unleashed an absolute net-ripper to give Hajduk the lead from about 35 yards.

Sixteen seconds into the second half, Gylfi Sigurdsson latched on to a loose ball and looped a first-time shot over the keeper and into the corner of the net from about 50 yards.

I'll leave you to argue over which was better. I'll give you a clue as to which I'm backing. The scorer starts with G and ends in ylfi Sigurdsson.

£45m?! A snip.

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Elsewhere in Europe...

Ajax, last season's finalists, are out in this year's qualifiers. They lost 3-2 to Rosenborg tonight (4-2 agg).

The Dutch giants have failed to win a single European game in a season for the first time in 27 years.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, AC Milan and Braga are into the group stages.

FULL-TIME

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After two minutes of uneventful added time the referee blows up to confirm Everton's progression to the Europa League proper.

It wasn't without a scare or two but the job is done.

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YELLOW CARD

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Ante Erceg is an angry, frustrated man. He is penalised for upending Morgan Schneiderlin and kicks the ball into his opponent, earning himself a booking.

Plays with his heart on his sleeve does Ante, for better or worse.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

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Everton keeping hold of the ball now, running down the clock as the home side chase them with increasing frustration.

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Rooney to finish it for good..... No!

The forward breaks the offside trap and at one stage looks likely to charge in and beat the keeper but his legs don't have the pace they once did and he is forced to check before firing a shot through the gathered defenders that Dante Stipica palms away.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Every second that ticks by is a killer for Hadjuk's hopes here. Everton are doing a decent job of denying the home side any chances to get goals back.

Ante Erceg resorts to acrobatically trying to con the ref with a dive in the box. The ref isn't fooled, though. A booking would have been an apt result.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Vieira151‏: That Sigurdsson goal was worth just under £1m per yard.

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Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

A terrible mix-up between Ashley Williams and Jordan Pickford almost allows Ante Erceg to nip in and roll the ball into the empty net. The Everton pair manage to salvage the situation, though, before Erceg can do any damage.

Hajduk need three goals in just over 10 minutes. Going to be a cracking finish if they manage it!

YELLOW CARD

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Tom Davies is felled by Josip Radosevic who gets a booking to go with his goal.

That is the cue for a home substitution as Fran Tudor, who sounds like a lovely women who organises school fetes, but is actually a man who comes on for Ahmed Said.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Ahmed Said has some making up to do after his woeful penalty. He goes close to doing so with a neat turn and powerful shot that fizzes just past Jordan Pickford's near post.

YELLOW CARD

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Mo Besic gets a yellow card? Never! The Everton man goes into the book for getting a bit carried away in a heavy tackle.

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First change for Everton sees Tom Davies replace Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Ajax could be heading out after all, Samuel Adegbenro has put Rosenborg 3-2 up on aggregate. They've scored from both their shots on target tonight.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

This must be new to the Europa League. Looks like we're playing multi-ball. There are two on the pitch at the moment - one in the box being battled over and one at the feet of the Hajduk left-winger.

Eventually, one of them is belted off and the right one is reclaimed by Everton who put Dominic Calvert-Lewin through on goal only to be denied by the keeper.

MISSED PENALTY

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No! Jordan Pickford to the rescue!

The keeper picks right, diving to his right to push away a poor spot kick from Ahmed Said.

I suspect Ante Erceg might have a few choice words for his team-mate. He wanted that penalty.

PENALTY

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Another twist. Ashley Williams dives in and goes through the back of the turning Ante Erceg.

Hajduk need three goals to go through. Is this one of them...?

Elsewhere in Europe...

Ajax have scored twice in a minute at Rosenborg, they now lead 2-1 tonight and on away goals. Just under 20 minutes left.

Their fellow Dutch side Utrecht are out, losing to Zenit St Petersburg in extra time (2-0 tonight, 2-1 on aggregate).

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Almost a goal at either end.

First, Josip Radosevic is inches away from another blaster of a strike, firing his angled shot wide.

Secondly, Gylfi Sigurdsson breaks away down the left but his low cross from inside the box - designed to set up Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a tap-in - is cut out.

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Best first goals

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Alun Price‏: Paolo Wanchope for Derby vs Man Utd - he just kept going!

Richard Browne‏: Rooney's first ever goal wasn't bad either !!!

Chris Painter: Best debut goal for Reading: a 35yd screamer against Burton Albion in the League cup, August, 2009. Scorer? Gylfi Sigurdsson...

Keep them coming please...

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Cheeky. You'd think Morgan Schneiderlin might keep it on the down low after his red card at Man City but he goes piling into the back of a Hajduk player in the centre of the pitch and is fortunate not to go into the book.

For a second it looks like Hajduk are going to have a pop from about 50 yards - the precedent has been set - but instead they waste it after taking short.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

The home side are having a good little spell. Plenty of pressure but when the time comes to pull the trigger Hysen Memolla misjudges it and slices his shot from range high and wide.

Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

That Gylfi strike has knocked the stuffing out of Hajduk. They are just starting to rally a bit now, but Everton show resilience to prevent a couple of crosses from the right causing any problems.

Get Involved

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Right then, here's a question for you... what is the best first goal scored by a player for their new club you have ever seen?

Preferably, you'll have seen it live but I'm not fussy. Tweet us at #bbcfootball.

Gylfi's is definitely up there.

It came just 16 seconds into the second half.

GOAL - Hajduk Split 1-1 Everton (1-3)

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Wait... what?!

Oh man, wait until you see this goal! Gylfi Sigurdsson has just announced himself to Everton fans in the most spectacular fashion. The ball breaks loose from a poor attempted clearance by a Hajduk defender on the right and the Icelandic midfielder unleashes a looping, dipping dream of a shot from 50 yards that goes over the keeper and plants itself in the bottom corner.

I said Everton needed a goal. I wasn't expecting it to look like that, though!

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KICK-OFF

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We are back under way. And there is a change. A heart-warming one. Aaron Lennon, who has had his troubles of late, is on for Ademola Lookman.

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Here we go then. The players are back out.

Everton could really do with a goal. It's not absolutely vital, but it will make matters a lot less stressful.

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Bit of transfer news to bring you...

Benfica winger Andre Carrillo has signed for Watford on a season-long loan, with the option for a permanent transfer next summer.

Watford boss Marco Silva worked with Carrillo at Sporting Lisbon, where he spent five years before joining Portuguese rivals Benfica last summer.

The 26-year-old was part of the Peru squad that finished third at the 2015 Copa America.

He only made three league starts for Benfica last season.

Hajduk Split 1-0 Everton (1-2)

Worryingly for Everton, they faded in that half as a threat.

They had a couple of efforts in the first quarter and looked capable of posing Hajduk problems but the home side looked the only likely scorers as they half wore on.

That will have to change second half. They can't give Hajduk any encouragement, especially if Radosevic is going to hammer them in from a mile out.

HALF-TIME

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Radosevic's blast is the last act of note in the half. Not a bad way to cap it.

Everton need to take stock. For much of that half they handled the home side well.

Different game now.

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The stands are rocking now.

These Hajduk fans are full of belief now.

GOAL - Hajduk Split 1-0 Everton (1-2)

Josip Radosevic

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Wow! Did you see that?! He must have foot like a traction engine!

Josip Radosevic unleashes an absolute thunderblast of a strike from 35 yards (maybe more) that rockets past Jordan Pickford and into the top corner.

Stunning goal. Game on.

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Big save from JP! The ball is crossed over from the right, missed by Ahmed Said with an overhead kick and finds Ante Erceg just 10 yards out from goal on an angle. He has enough space to get away a shot, that is heading for the far corner following a little nick from Michael Keane until Jordan Pickford's hand pushes it wide.

That is what £30m gets you.

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The home fans are the ones whistling, but Everton are the ones feeling aggrieved. Wayne Rooney goes down in the box under a challenge from Borja Lopez. I'd have to see it again to see the amount of contact. My instinct is that there isn't enough in it to warrant a spot-kick.

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Hajduk Split 0-0 Everton (0-2)

Everton get themselves into a bit of bother when Michael Keane is unable to see the ball out for a goal-kick. Ahmed Said slides and keeps it in and it requires a block from two other away players to prevent Ante Erceg testing Jordan Pickford.

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In case you are wondering, Hajduk Split are not sponsored by a pinball wizard but a supermarket chain.

I might have googled that.