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  1. Dons concede freak injury-time goal
  2. Rooney penalty for Dons saved
  3. Keeper Handanovic booked for conceding spot-kick
  4. Sub Stockley sent off for Aberdeen

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Good night

It's another painful night for Aberdeen and Scottish football in continental competition. Once again, Celtic are our sole remaining representatives in Europe. Hibernian, Hearts and now Aberdeen have been knocked out of the Europa League before the domestic league campaign kicks off. It's a sore one for the Reds but it takes no genius to know you have to take your chances when they come your way. Thanks very much for your contributions this evening and for logging on to BBC Scotland's coverage. All the best.

McInnes proud of resilience

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "Football is a contact sport. Right from the outset the referee blew his whistle at the slightest contact. Stockley has used his arm for leverage. The referee was very quick to blow for the penalty kick. You could say the Rooney penalty was defining but the officials played the defining role in all the decisions tonight. The goalkeeper was out of his goal. He was too quick to blow his whistle. The goal should stand. 

"Credit to Maribor. It was a difficult evening for Maribor, given the circumstances. I thought the result was very hard on my team. Over the two games we deserved more. 

"I wasn't against the decision (not to send the goalie off) but I thought the referee was too quick to blow his whistle (when McGinn subsequently scored). It's harsh to apportion blame to Adam. The away goal last week was going to be pivotal. We kept a good Maribor team at arm's length. I don't think they really cut us open too much. The resilience from Shinnie and Jack, Reynolds and Taylor... I thought my players did very well to keep going."

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"Well well well I said it the last round that the writing was on the wall and so I was proved right! Shocking ref tonight but we only have ourselves to blame! Quite content being slightly better than some of the teams in Scotland but not really interested in improving to compete in Europe! Willie miller quotes Maribor were dreadful... So what does that say about us and Scottish football???"

Gary Wilson

A word from the manager

We're just waiting to hear from the Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

Stockley's red card

"Whether it was for a flailing arm or talking back, Jayden Stockley has given the referee a decision to make, and you don't do that when you're away in Europe and it's not a British referee."

BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

'Rooney will be kicking himself'

"I can't fault any of the players. In the middle of the park they absolutely bossed it. Adam Rooney will be disappointed. Normally he is ruthless with penalties, he is so accurate. He chose to go down the middle and he'll be kicking himself. It was a silly second booking for Stockley - I think it was for talking back to the referee. To end the way it did, I couldn't fault Joe Lewis, there was nothing he could do about it."

Former Aberdeen midfielder Stuart Duff

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"Don't worry Celtic will fly the flag AGAIN for Scotland in Europe, well done all the other teams for helping Scotland's coefficient, oh it's the referee's fault, and I wonder if the keeper will get lambasted the way you lot lambast Efe Ambrose."

Davie Wilson, East Kilbride

"It's simple to see!! Our big players bottle it AGAIN - McGinn & Rooney - Fair to say dodgy ref but still..."

Danny from Blair Atholl

"@BBCSportScot what an ending, following a poor pen decision by ref, goal should have stood according to rules and goalie sent off."


"@BBCSportScot Dons just didn't turn up & that's simply why they'll finish 3rd in Prem in upcoming season."


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I think Willie did say Stockley was inexperienced in European football.

"Tell Willie Miller that 'inexperienced' Stockley played 122 senior games before signing for Aberdeen."


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Nikola Popov should never be allowed another game in kids sunday league never mind the Europa league. He was awful. #bbcsportscot

#bbcsportscot different ref, different outcomes, aberdeen would've won. Referee absolutely horrible calls, I hope that it'll be investigated

#bbcsportscot no debate about ref, he's put us out.

Dons pay the price

"If you don't take your chances in Europe, invariable you pay the price. Aberdeen should be in to the next round. They really only have themselves to blame."

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller

Mr Popov

Bulgarian referee Nikola Popov will be the subject of much debate among Aberdeen fans this evening.
Bulgarian referee Nikola Popov will be the subject of much debate among Aberdeen fans this evening.

Inexperienced Stockley

"Stockley was well warned about his elbow when he got the first yellow card. From then on it was a huge task. I still thought they might do it because Maribor were just dreadful, especially in the first half. But the referee has made two very poor decisions and Aberdeen are out. Stockley thinks he's done nothing wrong but the arm went up."

Former Aberdeen manager Willie Miller

An unwelcome trio for Aberdeen

Aberdeen have been knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round for the third year in a row. They had to score tonight and, however tough it is to take, they failed to do so. The ending was truly astonishing, with the loss of a crazy goal, the ball bouncing over Joe Lewis's boot.


Maribor 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-1)


Maribor 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-1)

Maribor have taken the lead through a freak goal. Graeme Shinnie's pass-back bobbled on the six-yard line just as Dons keeper Joe Lewis tried to boot it clear. The ball bounced over the goalie's foot and trundled into the net. Unbelievable!

No lack of effort

This is tough on Aberdeen. They have run themselves into the ground and are having to play with 10 men in the evening heat after Jayden Stockley's red card.


There are five minutes of added time to be played.

One last push

Aberdeen are pushing hard to find the net. Come on!

Stockley sent off

Jayden Stockley is shown a red card after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.
Aberdeen's Jayden Stockley is shown a red card after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.

Brave Shinnie running on empty

Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie battles in midfield and does enough to win the ball and shoot. However, he looks so exhausted that there was just no venom in his effort.

Rooney tries his luck

Adam Rooney does well to hold the ball up on the edge of the box and work his way clear to get a shot away. Maribor goalie Handanovic throws his huge frame on to the ball at his near post and Rooney's expression betrays the sense of desperation that must be welling up in the Dons' players chests.


Marwan Kabha is booked for a block on Niall McGinn, the Dons player subsequently substituted for young Scott Wright.

Will it be four Scottish scalps for Maribor?

It's a sobering thought that Maribor have knocked out Rangers, Celtic and Hibernian from European competition in recent years. Aberdeen will feel they are at least as good as this current Maribor team but unless they can produce a goal in the next eight minutes they will be going out before the Europa League play-off round.


That's more like it, Tavares! He collects the ball at the back post and in a flash spins and shoots a fraction wide from six yards, with Andy Considine closing him down quickly. Despite the danger of conceding a goal, Aberdeen will soon have to commit more men forward, you suspect.

Change for Maribor

Marwan Kabha replaces Aleks Pihler for the closing stages.

Time running out

Niall McGinn teases his opponent Sme down the left wing and finds space to dink the ball over but his cross is headed clear. Aberdeen have 14 minutes to find the net.

Will the real Tavares step forward?

Maribor striker Tavares shuffles clear of the Aberdeen defence but his dreadful shot wide of Joe Lewis's goal has me wondering if he was part of the '70s soul group of the same name rather than being a respected Brazilian goalscorer.

The crucial moment in the tie?

Adam Rooney sends a rather weak penalty kick towards the Maribor goal and soon watches in horror as it is saved.
Adam Rooney sends a rather weak penalty kick towards the Maribor goal and soon watches in horror as it is saved.

McInnes makes a change

Striker Miles Storey comes on for Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean. Can the Englishman become a hero for the Dons by scoring an away goal?

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"You can try and decipher the 'denying a goal scoring opportunity' in law 12's much better explained in a BBC Sport article from April 14. Essentially the 'red card rule' is relaxed, but only for accidental fouls. COYR !"

Jim, Strathaven

Is the tie slipping away from Dons?

"The game is going to open up now and Maribor are going to have more belief."

Former Aberdeen midfielder Stuart Duff


Second-half substitute Jayden Stockley is shown a second yellow card for going in with an elbow and is sent off! Aberdeen are down to 10 men.

Shinnie in the thick of it

Graeme Shinnie intercepts a Maribor pass 30 yards from his own goal and races into the Slovenians' half before pinging a pass to Adam Rooney out on the right. There's nothing on immediately, though, but they keep up the pressure and Shinnie wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal. The delivery, however, fails to trouble Maribor. Better from Aberdeen, this.

Plenty of time yet...

Aberdeen have 35 minutes to score a goal to stay in the Europa League.


Burly striker Jayden Stockley, on for Wes Burns just a minute ago, is booked for a beefy challenge. Maribor's Erik Janza also picks up a booking for clashing with Ryan Jack.


Joe Lewis comes to the Dons' rescue with a powerful stop to deny big Milivoje Novakovic from finding the net as he swivelled on the edge of the box and shot at goal. Maribor look a different proposition all of a sudden.


It's that man Dare Vrsic posing the Scots danger as he sweeps in an effort with his left boot. Joe Lewis makes a good save.

Joe Lewis or Joe Louis?

Vrsic lines up a free-kick for Maribor, 25 yards out. His left-footed strike is punched clear by Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis and it's another 15 seconds of frantic defending before the 300 or so visiting fans can breathe more easily.


And the second half is under way in north-east Slovenia.

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"Absolutely farcical that McGinn's goal was disallowed, the Dons will do it in the second half!"

Martin & Nick, London.