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Summary

  1. Result: Europa League third qualifying round
  2. Kairat Almaty 2-1Aberdeen (Bakaev, Islamkhan)
  3. Kenny McLean scores away goal
  4. Aberdeen make longest Uefa journey
  5. Return leg at Pittodrie next Thursday

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By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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So, Kenny McLean scores an away goal for Aberdeen as Derek McInnes's men lose 2-1 to Kairat. That strike puts the tie into the "perfectly poised" category.

Thanks for your company this afternoon. We'll have reaction from the Aberdeen camp on our website later and will be back on Saturday for the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season.

Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

'Nothing to fear'

BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"A 2-1 result on the night, taking everything into consideration, is a good result given the quality opposition Aberdeen were facing.

"They look like they have two or three players capable of finding the net, the same as Aberdeen.

"Aberdeen have nothing to fear..."

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Joe Sutherland: I'll take a 2-1 loss, given how dangerous Kairat were at the end there. #bbcscotfootball #COYR

FULL-TIME

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

Despite some uncomfortable spells defensively, Aberdeen will return home to Scotland with a precious away goal in a 2-1 defeat. How valuable will Kenny McLean's strike prove?

HITS THE WOODWORK

Aberdeen are saved by the crossbar as Lunin's effort hits the woodwork following a partially cleared corner. How are the nerves bearing up?

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Niall McGinn tests Kairat down the left and his low cross is intended for the rampaging Jonny Hayes... but the Aberdeen man stabs his effort wide. Goal kick.

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

Paul Quinn is replaced by battle-hardened veteran Barry Robson; the midfielder will aim to combat the late Kairat forays forward into Aberdeen territory.

Robson concedes a free kick on the edge of the area...

The normally reliable Isael hits this following a backheel from Serginho but his effort is halfway home to Aberdeen. Whistles from the home fans inside the Central Stadium, they didn't like that wild effort.

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

Serginho is chopped down by Ryan Jack about 25 yards from goal... The Kairat player dusts himself down and sends the free-kick whistling narrowly over Danny Ward's crossbar.

The collective pulse of the Aberdeen fans quickened there...

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

"Take 2-1," is the memo from BBC Sportsound's Willie Miller. Will the Aberdeen players do the business?

Kairat substitute dos Santos Junior lashes a shot high and wide after being given a scintilla of space in the penalty area.

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Matthew Smith: Thank you Kenny!! All the way from Abu Dhabi #bbcfootball #bbcscotfootball

Cammy Renwick: Fantastic response from @AberdeenFC, Scottish football needs more teams in Europe, McLean goal could well be a tie changer #bbcscotfootball

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

How do Aberdeen approach the final 15 minutes? With an away goal in their back pocket ahead of the trip home do they pull up the drawbridge or go for an equaliser, potentially allowing Kairat to nab a third?

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen

BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"They've had a number of chances and Aberdeen have been disjointed. However, they've got that away goal and I'm sure Derek McInnes would be ore than happy if it ends like this."

GOAL

Kairat 2-1 Aberdeen (McLean)

The Dons have the away goal they coveted! Substitute Kenny McLean is at his predatory best as he rifles home from close range to give Plotnikov no chance.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes acclaims the strike with a smile and thunderous applause as the visiting dugout erupts and the 65 Dons supporters celebrate.

Dons frustrated

Trailing 2-0 with a little over 20 minutes remaining, Aberdeen will be straining every sinew in search of an away goal.

Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett (right) holds off Mikhail Bakayev.
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Aberdeen have lacked a cutting edge in front of goal in Almaty

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The Aberdeen defence is cut open again as the buzzbomb Isael plays in Despotovic but he screws his shot narrowly wide. A quick blow of the cheeks, Despotovic knows that was a great chance to fire home the third.

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Jonny Hayes thunders down the right but what could be an opening for Aberdeen fails to materialise as Kairat recover to repel the danger.

GREAT SAVE!

Kairat could and should be three up. Isael, as though being controlled by an X-Box controller hitting LT, square and rolling the right stick, sells the Aberdeen defence a dummy, nutmegs Taylor but then blasts his shot straight down Ward's throat and the keeper tips it away brilliantly for a corner!

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen have impressed in midfield but frustratingly for Derek McInnes a number of promising situations have fizzled out in the final third.

With Kairat seemingly content to sit on this two-goal lead, the Dons will need something special to find an away goal.

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Kyle in Newcastle: Seen enough from Aberdeen to think they will get back in the tie. I expect they'll score one away goal and win the tie.

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller urges Aberdeen to get their wide men - Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes - more involved in an effort to stretch Kairat.

"Because it looks as though Kairat will be happy if this ends 2-0," Miller adds.

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

The opening five minutes of the second half is a complete role reversal of the first: Aberdeen now enjoy near total domination as Kairat retreat and challenge the Dons to find a way through them.

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Much better from Aberdeen at the start of the second half, zipping the ball about in midfield, almost like a basketball team bouncing the ball and surveying the opposition for an opening to burst through.

KICK-OFF

We're back under way in Almaty.

Dons change

Adam Rooney is on for Peter Pawlett with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes shuffling his pack and potentially switching to a 4-4-2 formation.

Kairat weak link?

BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller has identified Kairat goalkeeper Plotnikov as the weak link in the hosts' line-up.

An astute observation from the bold Willie as the hesitant keeper has been flapping at crosses like a blind bear trying to grab a leaping salmon...

HALF-TIME

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Goals from Bakaev and a 30-yard stunner from captain Islamkhan give Kairat a healthy two-goal lead at the break but Aberdeen have threatened on the break. Jonny Hayes's header over the bar the closes the Dons have come to an away goal.

Food for thought for Derek McInnes and his troops at the break.

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James Taylor: Kairat are never a team. Lower half of SPFL at most. Aberdeen tried to be too clever and 'European' to start. Better now #bbcscotfootball

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"Aberdeen want to invite Kairat onto them and hit them on the break as they're more than capable of scoring here."

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Almost a third goal for Kairat as some nimble footwork sees Isael break free inside the box but his near-post effort fails to find the net. Relief for Aberdeen who look threatening on the counter but vulnerable at the back.

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Al Lamont says there's a full moon staring down over the Central Stadium in Almaty. Time for the Dons to bare their teeth and grab a crucial away goal.

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller declares himself happy with the progress being made by the Dons as they seek to reduce the deficit.

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Dylan McKaig: 2-0 well I am not sure how Aberdeen can come back now.

PAC: Dons fan beside me said he would have taken 2-0. Don't think he meant after 22 mins though. Long way to go yet. #bbcscotfootball

Lewis McFarlane: Ahhhh Jonny!! Where's Darren Mackie when you need him?? #Dnipro #bbcscotfootball #DonsInEurope

Stewart Weir: Australia and Aberdeen losing wickets and goals in unison - remarkable! #EuropaLeague

The Dons probably wanted Hotspot or Snicko used for that penalty appeal...

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"I don't think it's a case of pressing the panic button yet and throwing caution to the wind. If they could get a goal back then this would be a good result to take back to Pittodrie. Aberdeen are beginning to look like they're putting passes together and posing a threat."

PENALTY APPEAL

Aberdeen appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty as a cross appears to strike Tymoschuk's arm. With a swift shake of the head referee Tamas Bognar is having none of it...

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen

Just shy of the half-hour mark and the Dons will be aiming to put more pressure on Kairat keeper Plotnikov who has looked far from convincing flapping at crosses.

Testing times for Aberdeen's defence: they won't want to concede a third goal before the break. An away goal changes the complexion of the tie.

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Paul Anthony Cassidy: Sounds like it's turning into a nightmare for the Dons. One away goal would change it but it's a big ask. #bbcscotfootbal

GOAL

Kairat 2-0 Aberdeen (Islamkhan)

How costly will that missed Hayes headed opportunity prove? Kairat compound Aberdeen's misery with a stunning goal to double their lead. Skipper Bauyrzhan Islamkhan, 30 yards from goal, thunders an unstoppable shot into the top corner with Dons keeper Danny Ward clutching at thin air.

"A rip-snorter," according to BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

Bauyrzhan Islamkhan fires home Kairat's second goal with a spectacular 30-yard strike
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Aberdeen are under the cosh in Kazakhstan.

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What a chance! Niall McGinn slaloms past a few challenges before arrowing a great cross into the box, Jonny Hayes looks certain to nod the ball home but can't apply the finishing touch, heading over amid frantic Kairat defending.

'Great goal'

"Disappointing for Aberdeen but that's a great goal," booms BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller.

GOAL

Kairat 1-0 Aberdeen (Bakaev)

It's been coming. With their tails up and the lionshare of possession Kairat open the scoring as Mikhail Bakaev collects a great little dink on the left of the penalty area following an impressive move featuring half a doze passes, fires a superb shot across Danny Ward and into the bottom corner.

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