Europa League - Qualifying Third Round - 2nd Leg
Apollon Limassol2Aberdeen0

Europa League: Apollon Limassol 2-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes' side fell at the third qualifying round for the fourth consecutive season

Aberdeen fell short in the Europa League third qualifying round for the fourth consecutive season as they lost away to Apollon Limassol.

The visitors carried a 2-1 lead into the second leg in Cyprus but conceded a scrappy first-half goal to Andre Schembri.

The game was intermittently held up by flares released by the home fans and water breaks because of the heat.

Aberdeen never found their rhythm and lost a late second to Emilio Zelaya.

Dons manager Derek McInnes will be frustrated that his side managed only to create half-chances, although Kenny McLean steered a header on target in time added on but also straight at Apollon goalkeeper Esteves do Vale.

Apollon spent much of the second half time-wasting but held on to secure the 3-2 win on aggregate.

After the final whistle, there were disturbances among the fans in the away end of the ground, leading to riot police becoming involved.

The two sides scoped each other out in the early stages and Aberdeen failed to take command of the game in midfield.

Apollon were confident as they sought the goal they needed to alter the dynamic of the tie.

Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley
Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley started up front against Apollon Limassol but wasn't a goal threat

It arrived when Jander surged past a lacklustre Greg Stewart on the left before crossing into the box. The ball reached Anton Maglica, who spun and then sent it into the six-yard box, where Schembri scuffed it towards goal, helped on its way by Gary Mackay-Steven's despairing lunge.

With the score tied at 2-2 on aggregate, Aberdeen knew that a solitary goal would still be enough to send them through.

They struggled to create chances, though, with Do Vale only having to deal with a Ryan Christie free kick, that he pushed away.

The stop-start nature of the second half didn't help the visitors, as the home fans kept letting off flares that interrupted the game - one landing in the back of Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis's net.

Swiss referee Stephan Klossner was caught on television advising an official that he would abandon the match if the home crowd did not stop.

Aberdeen began to press more urgently for the breakthrough, with McLean rounding the goalkeeper only for the Apollon defence to clear the threat.

The visitors' need for a goal cost them, though, as they were caught on the counter attack.

With four minutes left, a burst upfield had Aberdeen exposed at the back. Marios Stylianou thought he had added to the home side's lead, only for Lewis to brilliantly tip the shot on to the bar, but the ball then fell to substitute Zelaya, who lashed his volley into the net.

On a night when Aberdeen struggled to create clear chances and were let down by continually poor passing, the team ran out of time.

Line-ups

Apollon Limassol

  • 83Esteves do ValeBooked at 90mins
  • 10Afonso da SilvaSubstituted forZelayaat 84'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 17Guerra CunhaBooked at 20mins
  • 25Kyriakou
  • 22Roberge
  • 99Maglica
  • 21Ribeiro Santana
  • 30SchembriSubstituted forSardinero Corpaat 65'minutes
  • 44Yuste Canton
  • 92JakolisSubstituted forStylianouat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 95dos Santos SaldanhaBooked at 36mins

Substitutes

  • 11Zelaya
  • 23Spoljarić
  • 28Stylianou
  • 52Pittas
  • 70Papastylianou
  • 77Sardinero Corpa
  • 88Vasiliou

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 6ReynoldsSubstituted forWrightat 78'minutes
  • 3Shinnie
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 45mins
  • 7McLean
  • 8StewartSubstituted forTanseyat 64'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 22ChristieBooked at 45mins
  • 17StockleyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMaynardat 54'minutes
  • 11Mackay-Steven

Substitutes

  • 10Maynard
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 16Tansey
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Harvie
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Stephan Klossner
Attendance:
6,250

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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A

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2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

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1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

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1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

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1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

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1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

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1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

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1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

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1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

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1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

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1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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