Jonathan Walters scored the only goal in the first leg of Stoke's Europa League third-round qualifying tie against Hajduk Spilt.

The Republic of Ireland international nodded in from Matthew Etherington's cross after three minutes as the Potters made an impressive start.

Kenwyne Jones had a goal disallowed before Dean Whitehead and Robert Huth came close, but a dominant Stoke could not extend their lead.

The second leg takes place on 4 August.

Hajduk's visit was only Stoke's third home European game and the result far from guarantees Tony Pulis's side's progress to the play-off round.

After Walters' opener, Jones appeared to have added to the advantage a couple of minutes later, only to have the referee rule he had infringed in outmuscling the Hadjuk defence at the back post.

Centre-back Huth's decision to lurk in the penalty area after coming forward for a set-piece almost paid off, but his well-struck shot was deflected over the bar.

The German then headed wide from Etherington's corner after the break and Hadjuk goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had to be alert to palm away a cross from the on-rushing Walters as the hosts continued to press.

Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate remained on the bench as Pulis instead brought on centre-half Ryan Shotton as the hosts' frustrations increased in the closing stages.

And Stoke were forced to settle for a slender lead once Whitehead's drilled effort was well blocked in their last clear opening of the match.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Stoke

  • 01 Begovic
  • 04 Huth Booked
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 Pennant (Whitehead - 75' )
  • 12 Wilson
  • 24 Delap
  • 26 Etherington (Shotton - 88' )
  • 09 Jones
  • 19 Walters

Substitutes

  • 29 Sorensen
  • 05 Collins
  • 30 Shotton
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 14 Pugh
  • 15 Diao
  • 18 Whitehead

Hajduk Split

  • 01 Subasic
  • 07 Vejic
  • 19 Inoha
  • 22 Maloca
  • 28 Ruben Lima
  • 11 Andric
  • 14 Tomasov (Sharbini - 85' )
  • 18 Oremus
  • 21 Mario Brkljaca
  • 99 Anas Sharbini (Ljubicic - 90' )
  • 13 Vukusic (Vukovic - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Kalinic
  • 17 Kukoc
  • 33 Dens
  • 08 Ljubicic
  • 09 Sharbini
  • 20 Vukovic
  • 91 Saric
Ref: Rafati
Att: 26,322

Match Stats

Shots

11 4

On target

5 1

Corners

4 1

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:01

Effort from inside the area by Robert Huth misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +1:12

Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Mario Brkljaca results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:12 Substitution

Substitution Kreso Ljubicic is brought on as a substitute for Anas Sharbini.

90:00 +0:13

Srdjan Andric fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Danijel Subasic takes the indirect free kick.

89:32

Foul by Srdjan Andric on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.

88:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenwyne Jones. Danijel Subasic takes the free kick.

87:42 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Shotton.

85:49

Alexandre Ruben Lima fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Alexandre Ruben Lima takes the direct free kick.

84:13 Substitution

Substitution Ahmad Sharbini joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marin Tomasov.

82:33

Mirko Oremus takes the direct free kick.

82:33 Booking

Booking The referee shows Robert Huth a yellow card.

82:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Vukovic by Robert Huth.

81:43

Srdjan Andric concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.

80:28

Foul by Andy Wilkinson on Anas Sharbini, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Marin Tomasov from left channel, free kick awarded for a foul by Hrvoje Vejic on Robert Huth. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

78:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Brkljaca on Glenn Whelan. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

76:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenwyne Jones. Mario Maloca takes the indirect free kick.

74:24 Substitution

Substitution Dean Whitehead replaces Jermaine Pennant.

72:13

Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Hrvoje Vejic results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Danijel Subasic.

71:30

Anas Sharbini has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

70:16

Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

69:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mirko Oremus on Jonathan Walters. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Hrvoje Vejic makes a clearance.

68:36

Foul by Jermaine Pennant on Marin Tomasov, free kick awarded. Anas Sharbini crosses the ball in from the free kick, Asmir Begovic makes a save.

66:20

Kenwyne Jones is penalised for a handball. Danijel Subasic restarts play with the free kick.

64:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anas Sharbini by Jermaine Pennant. Srdjan Andric takes the free kick.

63:44

Right-footed shot by Anas Sharbini went wide of the left-hand post.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Vukovic on for Ante Vukusic.

60:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Marin Tomasov. Free kick taken by Mario Brkljaca.

59:53

Shot from outside the penalty box by Jonathan Walters goes wide right of the goal.

59:28

Marin Tomasov takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.

57:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ante Vukusic. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

55:45

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Alexandre Ruben Lima.

54:02

Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Ruben Lima. Mario Brkljaca takes the free kick.

53:31

Robert Huth produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

52:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Mirko Oremus. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Alexandre Ruben Lima makes a clearance.

47:28

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Header by Robert Huth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:28

Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Danijel Subasic. Danijel Subasic takes the indirect free kick.

42:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Hrvoje Vejic. Danijel Subasic takes the free kick.

36:45

Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save by Danijel Subasic.

33:21

Kenwyne Jones fouled by Hrvoje Vejic, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Danijel Subasic.

32:55

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Hrvoje Vejic.

32:36

The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Walters. Danijel Subasic restarts play with the free kick.

31:24

Robert Huth takes a shot. Mario Maloca gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line played to the near post, Srdjan Andric makes a clearance.

30:22

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Hrvoje Vejic.

27:11

Anas Sharbini takes a inswinging corner.

25:52

Srdjan Andric fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Srdjan Andric.

20:44

Long range shot by Ante Vukusic goes wide right of the net.

18:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenwyne Jones. Hrvoje Vejic takes the indirect free kick.

16:46

Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Mario Maloca results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.

16:17

Kenwyne Jones has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15:03

Srdjan Andric challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

14:22

Rory Delap challenges Srdjan Andric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marin Tomasov.

9:26

Jermaine Pennant fouled by Masahiko Inoha, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

6:53

The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside. Danijel Subasic takes the indirect free kick.

2:04

Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.

2:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Walters - Stoke 1 - 0 Haj Split Jonathan Walters scores a headed goal from just inside the edge of the penalty box. Stoke 1-0 Hajduk Split.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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