Inexperience caught up with Hajduk today as Inter took advantage of some sloppy defending from the hosts to coast to an easy 3-0 win in the first leg of the Europa League’s third qualifying round in Split.
Sell out at Poljud tonight
Porous defending put Hajduk on their heels early as an 18th-minute strike from Wesley Sneijder forced the bijeli to play from behind.
1-0 Inter (Sneijder)
Hajduk’s Mario Maloča had a day he’d prefer to forget. The defender, who received his first call up to the National team earlier this week, left Sneijder unmarked at the top of the penalty area. The Dutchman proceeded to collect a pass from Diego Milito, beat three Hajduk defenders and calmly slot past Goran Blažević to give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish.
2-0 Inter (Nagatomo)
Inter sealed the win in the 44th minute as Maloča appeared to deflect a harmless Yuto Nagatomo shot from the edge of the Hajduk penalty area past Blažević. Nagatomo was credited with the goal but two Hajduk defenders were culpable on the play as some casual defending allowed him to get his shot off.
Brazilian Coutinho put the nail in Hajduk’s coffin with Inter’s third goal in the 73rd minute.
Newly acquired forward Anton Maglica made his debut for Hajduk after. The 20-year-old came closest to scoring for the Splicani in the 80th minute but he was denied by Inter’s goalkeeper Samir Handanovič.
Livaja checks in
Former Hajduk junior Marko Livaja entered the game in the 76th minute.
The young Hajduk squad will look to salvage some pride in a week’s time when they travel to Milan to play the tie’s second leg.
HAJDUK: Blažević – Jozinović, Maloča, Andrijašević, Milović – Vršajević, Oremuš, Radošević, Caktaš, Ozobić – Vukušić
INTER: Handanović – Zanetti, Chivu, Nagatomo, Jonathan – Silvestre, Sneijder, Guarin, Cambiasso – Palacio, Milito