Ronald Koeman confirms he's counting on Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Sheri Evans
August 5, 2017

The Blues made it to this stage after recording a 2-0 aggregate win over Slovakian side Ruzomberok and are just one step away from the Europa League group stages.

Despite being seeded for the draw, Ronald Koeman was aware that a hard test could await his team, and the Merseyside outfit have been given one in the form of Hajduk Split.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of Thursday night's hard-fought second leg at the Futbalovy Stadion MFK with 80 minutes on the clock, after Leighton Baines was on target in the first leg.

"It was a physical game and 90 minutes that the players needed".

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There were only flickers of quality from Ronald Koeman's side prior to half-time, with Wayne Rooney - on his 50th begin in all competitions for Everton - partnering Sandro Ramirez in advance.

However, ahead of the game, and even when he came on as a substitute, some fans were questioning why he was still involved with the first-team squad.

"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".

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Dutchman said: "We know we need to make decisions and it is not only about the goalkeeper". We need to create more than we did'.

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