Europa League: Stoke stand firm to silence Croats

Friday 05 August 2011 00:00

A late own goal by Ljubo Milicevic under pressure from Ryan Shotton last night rewarded Stoke City for a disciplined performance in a vociferous atmosphere at Hajduk Split.

A 1-0 victory took Tony Pulis's side through to the final qualifying round of the Europa League 2-0 on aggregate. Milicevic put in Dean Whitehead's cross when challenged by Shotton after Stoke had restricted the Croatian side to few clear-cut chances.

Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy scored as Fulham also made progress, beating Hajduk's neighbours RNK 2-0 at Craven Cottage after a goalless draw in Split.

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