Europa League: Gylfi Sigurdsson stunner sees Everton join Arsenal in group stage draw
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunner on his full Everton debut helped the Toffees reach the Europa League group stages after drawing 1-1 at Hajduk Split - and winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
The Icelandic midfielder scored 14 seconds into the second half when lobbing the goalkeeper from 50 yards out.
Sigurdsson was making his first start for Everton after joining from Swansea for £45m and it was fellow summer signing Jordan Pickford who also made the headlines.
Pickford, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Thursday, saved Ahmed Said's penalty in the second half, as Split failed to regain the lead having initially gone ahead through Josip Radosevic's 35-yard cracker in the 43rd minute.
The aggregate victory sees Everton join Arsenal in the draw for the Europa League group stages.
- Everton have won nine their last 11 European games (inc. qualifiers), losing the other two matches.
- For the second consecutive campaign under Ronald Koeman, Everton have not lost any of their opening six games of the season in all competitions (W4 D2).
- Everton have now progressed from each of their last two Europa League qualifying phases (also in 2009/10 under David Moyes).
- Gylfi Sigurdsson made his first start in European club competition since March 2014 (for Spurs v Benfica in the Europa League), and also registered his first goal since April 2013 (also for Spurs in the Europa League, v Basel).