Hajduk Split's late own-goal secured a 1-0 victory for Stoke in Croatia as they booked their place in the final qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Potters, who went into the third round second leg with a 1-0 lead from last week's first leg at the Britannia Stadium, put in an impressively controlled display over the 90 minutes, Tony Pulis' players seemingly untroubled by the vociferous home supporters at Stadion Poljud.

And the performance was capped in stoppage time as Hajduk defender Ljubo Milicevic put Dean Whitehead's cross into his own net under pressure from Ryan Shotton to make it 1-0 on the night and seal a 2-0 win on aggregate.

The hosts' coach Krasimir Balakov had promised his team would be firmly on the offensive and in the fifth minute they looked threatening as Marin Tomasov broke into the box. Jonathan Woodgate was on hand to guide the ball out for a corner, which Mario Brkljaca then headed over the bar.

Robert Huth sent an attempt high and wide soon shortly after the half hour and Jermaine Pennant delivered a cross into the box which was just beyond Kenwyne Jones' head. Matthew Etherington was next to put the ball in the danger zone, but goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was alert to grab it before Jones could pounce.

Hajduk's fans were growing restless and some bottles were thrown from the stands soon after the restart when Huth tackled Ivan Vukovic by the touchline.

Whitehead became the first Stoke player to be shown a yellow card in the 63rd minute after clattering Ahmad Sharbini, and Ryan Shawcross then headed wide from Pennant's corner.

At the other end, Dinko Trebotic scuffed an effort wide before being taken off for Nikola Saric. Marin Tomasov saw a free-kick deflect the wrong side of the post off Glenn Whelan and then hoisted a shot well wide.

With a little under 15 minutes to go, Pulis withdrew Jones and introduced Salif Diao. Brkljaca then appeared fortunate to escape punishment for an apparent dive in the box.

After Begovic smothered a Tomasov shot, it was Pennant who received a booking for time-wasting, Pulis almost immediately substituting the winger for Danny Pugh. Walters then came off for Shotton, who was marking Milicevic when the Hajduk player inadvertently bundled the ball past Subasic at the death.

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Jermaine Pennant
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