Stoke 1 - 0 Hajduk Split
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.
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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.
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
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