Facts, stats, analyses and other information about Everton’s Europa League opponents.
Hajduk Split 1-0 Slaven Belupo
Hajduk Split’s last game before they face Everton at Goodison Park ended in a 1-0 win over Slaven Belupo, courtesy of a goal from Franck Ohandza.
Hajduk Split were the more dominant of the two – more possession (55%-45%), more shots (15-7) and more shots on target (5-3). However, they were quite lacklustre in the first half – they had 6 shots, but only 1 was on target. But they broke the deadlock in the second half and secured the three points and a confidence boost ahead of Thursday.
Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 Hajduk Split
The first of two Hajduk Split matches before the first leg ended in defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.
Last season, Dinamo Zagreb finished 2nd (behind Rijeka), which ended their run of 11 consecutive league titles. They badly want their trophy back and broke the deadlock after 9 minutes through a goal from Ante Coric, and it remained that scoreline at half-time.
Hajduk Split brought on last season’s top scorer Marko Futacs, hoping he can make an impact but on the 74th minute, he had an injury and was subbed off. Early signs suggest he could miss the first leg at Goodison Park.
In-between Futacs’ introduction and injury, Split found an equaliser through captain Zoran Nizic. But after Futacs’ injury, Split’s hopes of getting something out of this game faded quickly as a few minutes later, Dinamo Zagreb scored two goals in quick succession from former Barcelona academy player Dani Olmo and striker (who is peculiarly shirt number 2) El Arabi Hillel Soudani.
Hajduk Split never posed much of a threat in this game, registering only 3 shots (though all on target). However, Dinamo registered 10 shots with 8 of them on target.
It’s difficult to judge Hajduk Split based on this game as Dinamo Zagreb is unarguably Croatia’s greatest ever team, but their next match is against mid-table side Slaven Belupo on Friday, which should paint a better picture on how Hajduk Split perform.
Highlights: Hajduk Split 2-0 Brondby
Hajduk Split 2-0 (agg) Brondby
Everton’s play-off round opponents saw of Denmark’s Brondby to progress.
The first leg ended goalless and, as you can tell by the scoreline, there was very little action in the game as there were only 3 shots on target (Hajduk Split 2-1 Brondby). There were only 5 shots on target in the second leg but Hajduk Split were more critical after two second half goals from Ante Erceg sent the Croatian side through.
Brondby had more possession in both encounters but they couldn’t make their time with ball count. They had a total of only 3 shots on target and Hajduk Split made them pay.
Hajduk Split will be playing Dinamo Zagreb and Slaven Belupo before the first leg against Everton, while the Blues play a friendly against Sevilla and a Premier League match against Stoke.
Hajduk Split Factfile
Finished 3rd in the Croatian First League last season.
Currently have 7 out of 9 points this season.
Managed by Joan Carrillo, who has 10 wins out of 19 games during his spell.
Striker Markos Futacs, who previously had spells at Portsmouth, Leicester and Blackpool, was the Croatian First League’s top scorer last season with 18 goals.
The last time Hajduk Split played against English opposition was against Stoke in 2011/12, where they got knocked out 2-0 on aggregate, losing both legs 1-0.
Hajduk Split have been in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in the past 11 seasons, but have only reached the group stage once.
Hajduk Split have played against English opposition 7 times and have been knocked out on every single occasion.
Everton v Hajduk Split
Everton will be playing Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off round. The games will be played on 17th and 24th August.
Hajduk Split progressed to the play-off round by knocking out Levski Sofia 3-1 on aggregate and Brondby 2-0 on aggregate.
Ruzomberok 4-0 Senica
Ruzomberok bounced back from their first leg defeat by thrashing Senica 4-0. Senica were down to 10 men after two yellow cards for Oliver Podhorin and from that moment, Senica were doomed. Ruzomberok broke the deadlock thanks to Dominik Kruzliak. Ruzomberok had a chance to double their lead two minutes later but Milos Lacny missed his penalty. Before half time, Ruzomberok had another penalty and this time, they did score with Kruzliak getting his second of the game.
In the second half, Ruzomberok extended their lead with goals from Nermin Haskic and a reprieve from Lacny. Ruzomberok’s annihilation was evident in not only the scoreline but the number of shots with Ruzomberok having 24 shots (10 on target) to Senica’s measly two.
Zlate Moravce 2-1 Ruzomberok
Brann 0-2 Ruzomberok (1-2 agg)
Brann 0-1 Sarpsborg
Everton’s potential opponents have succumbed to a last-minute winner from Patrick Mortensen. That defeat means Brann have now won just once in their last 7 league games, and have failed to score in 4 of their last 6 league games.
Brann had the most shots in the game (8) but only one was on target, which came in the 20th minute. Brann kept possession throughout the game, they had 54% possession in the entire game and 56% in the last 15 minutes, but none of that mattered in the end.
The weakest player was Bismark Acosta, who scored the goal that gave Brann the advantage against Ruzomberok. He didn’t win a single tackle or make a single interception all game, and also committed 3 fouls. His passing has also been poor – his passing accuracy was just 60%.
Bad Form Brann
Brann’s form in their last 6 league games is 1 win, 4 draws, 1 defeat – their win and defeat came against the same team, Stabaek (5-0 win and 2-0 defeat). They have also failed to score in 3 of their last 5 league games.
Currently 2nd in the Eliteserien this season, 5 points behind Rosenborg.
Conceded only 13 league goals this season – the joint-fewest in the league.
One to watch is Fredrik Haugen – he has scored 3 goals and made 7 assists in 16 games in the Eliteserien this season.
Currently managed by Lars Arne Nilsen.
Last season, Brann finished 2nd – their highest position since they were champions in 2007.
Finished 3rd in the Slovak First League last season.
Currently managed by former Slovakia midfielder Norbert Hrncar.
Founded in 1906 but didn’t win any major silverware until a century later – they won the Slovak First League and the Slovak Cup in 2006. They haven’t won a trophy since.
First leg: Ruzomberok 0-1 Brann
A rematch against Brann is on the cards after a Bismark Acosta goal gave Brann the lead in the tie. However, Ruzomberok progressed to the second qualifying round by overturning a one-goal deficit against Vojvodina, so the game is by no means other.
Everton v Ruzomberok/Brann
Everton will be playing Slovakia’s Ruzomberok or Norway’s Brann in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Everton have never played Ruzomberok but they have played against Brann in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup, beating the Norwegian side 8-1 on aggregate.
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