Captain Zoran Nižić passed an assist to Ahmed Said Said, who scored the winning goal in the first-leg match against Slavia from Sofia.
"We could not present what we did on the preparations on such a bad pitch. But we were patient and played organized game. It was difficult to break their block, but from that one set-piece we scored a goal and won the match. It was a combination that we practiced at training and I'm glad it was successful. We are expecting their shallow block, these two quick attackers have created two opportunities, but our goalkeeper Josip Posavec has reacted remarkably. Everyone was at the right level tonight. Thanks to the supporters for coming in such a big number, I believe we didn't disappoint them".
The win without a conceded goal gives a hint of optimism, and in Bulgaria Hajduk must ensure the next round. But in two days, the players are also starting a new season at Gradski vrt against the host Osijek.
"It is certain that this advantage without a conceded goal means a lot. This is just the first half, I do not think it's all over. We have to confirm the result and ensure the next round. We will not relax for a second. Let's first think about Osijek, we want to win on Sunday, and that's how we will play there".