Big-spending Everton edge through as Dominic Calvert-Lewin fires in victor

Morgan Schneiderlin was among the squad flying out from Liverpool's John Lennon airport

Ronald Koeman's side were drawn with the Croatian side after clinching one-goal wins over Ruzomberok in their previous two-legged tie.

Calvert-Lewin's goal sealed England's 1-0 win over Venezuela that sealed their Under-20 World Cup triumph in June, and now Koeman has hailed the 20-year-old's showing in Europa League qualifying.

"And for most of the players it was a really physical game, 90 minutes, and that's what you need in a pre-season".

Ramirez blazed another attempt over the bar to end a lacklustre first-half as Everton carried their lone-goal aggregate lead into the break.




Everton will learn their opponents for the Europa League play-off on Friday, with Koeman admitting the club will throw everything at chasing a place in the competition's group stages.

"But of course we want to reach the group stages of the Europa League, so we will have analysed their strengths and weaknesses between now and the tie and we will be prepared".

"Two victories, two clean sheets and we did better defensively tonight than we did last week", Koeman said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Calvert-Lewin only made 11 appearances in the Premier League last summer however he could now get more of a chance after his impressive displays. "We need competition and it's good that he is providing that".

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