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Toffees' Euro win stalled by clashes among visiting fans

Everton 2 Hajduk Split 0

By Staff Reporter

Everton hold a 2-0 lead in their Europa League qualifying play-off tie against Hajduk Split after a first leg at Goodison Park that had to be temporarily stopped due to crowd trouble in the away section.

Play was halted for a few minutes shortly after Michael Keane's header had put the hosts in front, with Idrissa Gueye making it 2-0 before the break.

After going close through Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines, the latter burst into the area on the half-hour mark and stood up a cross that Keane headed home at the back post.

Soon after, Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak called the players off the pitch as a melee had broken out in the away section.

With some objects - including pieces of seat, it appeared - being hurled, advertising boards being kicked over and some fans almost getting on the field, stewards and police swiftly moved over to the area en masse, forming a line around the section.

The situation had calmed down sufficiently a minute or so later for Kruzliak to allow play to continue, and Everton extended their lead just prior to the break through Gueye, who took a touch after being fed by Rooney.

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