Fulham scrape past Split
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Cottager's 1-0 win in Croatia a fortnight ago proved crucial as Hadjuk battled valiantly in a bid to cause an upset.
The visitors levelled up the scores on aggregate with the opening goal after just six minutes through a deflected Vlatko Djolonga free kick.
French striker Steve Marlet eased the home fans nerves by bringing the sides level on the night and ahead on aggregate with the equaliser on 20 minutes.
Hadjuk restored their lead on the night four minutes before the break through Hrvaje Vejic to leave the game on a knife-edge.
Fulham then hit back on the stroke of half time to restore their overall lead with a penalty from Steed Malbranque.
The French Under-21 international showed great composure when being forced to retake the spot-kick after an encroachment on his first effort to level the scores.
Fulham almost suffered heartbreak in the dying moments when Hadjuk ace Mato Neretjak saw his header at the far post cleared off the line by substitute Junichi Inamoto as the home side clung on to progress.
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Fulham 2-2 Hajduk Split (3-2 agg)