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Summary

  1. Markovic levels with fierce shot
  2. Ryan Christie opens scoring with curling strike
  3. Mackay-Steven close to a second goal for Dons
  4. Starting debuts for Mackay-Steven and Tansey

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By Keir Murray

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FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

So there we have it - Aberdeen know they need to score in Bosnia next Thursday to have any hope of reaching the third round of the Europa League qualifiers. A further week's training for the new players can only help Aberdeen but we must surely assume that Siroki, too, will be better with seven days' further preparation. Thanks for your company. Please join us tomorrow for live coverage of Linfield v Celtic, which kicks off at 5pm. Good night.

Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie
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Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie applauds the Pittodrie crowd at full time

'We are comfortable going anywhere'

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

More from Derek McInnes: "I still believe that we can get through the tie. Tactically they were good tonight and they may well think that the job's done. Even though we weren't anywhere near our best we had chances. The game is still in the balance. We can only improve. How much better they can be remains to be seen. We will be more than ready to try to get ourselves through the tie. It [the goal] was real individual brilliance, running at the centre-backs. We've got that quality, we just didn't show it enough tonight. We are comfortable going anywhere. We have beaten better teams on the road before."

'It's only half-time'

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "I thought they were well worthy of the draw. We had one or two chances to get that second goal. In the first half we rattled them and had the energy to press. But they got confidence from their shape, tactically. They were better than us tonight. We've got minutes in the bag now, we always get stronger as we go through the rounds. There is no doubt that we can score over there. Understandably a lot of the players weren't quite there tonight. Hopefully we can get the positive result we want, because it's only half time in the tie."

Looking for a reaction

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

We're just waiting to hear what Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has to say about the match and his team's prospects for next week's return leg.

A round of applause

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

The Bosnian club's players salute their fans at the end of their draw in Aberdeen.

Siroki Brijeg players
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'No easy games now in Europe'

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

There are no easy games now in Europe. Aberdeen will get better. They have real quality

Paul HartleyFormer Aberdeen midfielder

Long Reds faces

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Mark Reynolds trudges off behind fellow Aberdeen defender Andy Considine, well aware of the challenge facing them next week in the heat in Bosnia.

Mark Reynolds and Andrew Considine
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A fair result?

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

I think a draw was right. Neither of the teams could make a case that they should have won. It's a really tough task for Aberdeen to go over there and win. I thought it was a really good game of football. What it tells you, if they were seventh in the league, is the standard of the Bosnian league must be high

Willie MillerFormer Aberdeen manager

Fortress Pecara

FT Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

So, the Dons need a big result in Bosnia next week if they are to reach the third round of Europa League qualifying for the fourth successive year.

Aberdeen have managed five European away wins in the last three seasons, can they do it again?

Siroki Brijeg finished in the bottom half of their league last season but they are very useful at home, with a record of just two defeats in their last 31 at the Pecara Stadium.

Nervy return leg awaits

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Well, Aberdeen will at least be in tomorrow afternoon's Europa League third round draw but it's not the result manager Derek McInnes, the players or fans would have been hoping for.

The Dons were odds on to progress on the back of a six game unbeaten home run in Europe while Siroki Brijeg had won just once in their last nine away ties and went out to Birkirkara of Malta last season.

What do the bookies know, eh?

FULL-TIME

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

The visitors in blue are the happier team at Pittodrie this evening
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The visitors in blue are the happier team at Pittodrie this evening

'Dons not at their best'

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

It's been a really good game of football. The visitors have put a lot into this game and Aberdeen maybe haven't been at their best but you've got to understand that, so many changes so early in the season

Willie MillerFormer Aberdeen captain

ADDED TIME

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

There are four minutes of injury time to be played.

Last throw of the dice

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Miles Storey comes on for fellow striker Adam Rooney. Aberdeen need a goal but not so much, with a second leg to come, that it's worth risking conceding a second away goal. Hmm.

A pair of Lukas

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Luka Menalo fouls Ryan Christie and the Dons have a free-kick about 30 yards from the Bosnians' goal. ..Ah, but Christie's lofted delivery from the set-piece is mopped up by Luka Bilobrk as he comes off his goal-line to gather.

Dons need to make final push

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Ivan Krstanovic has a shot blocked by Shay Logan, who works well with Greg Stewart to take the game to the Bosnians. However, the move breaks down. The Dons need to play the game in their opponents' half to give themselves some sort of cushion ahead of next Thursday's return leg.

By the way

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Quick update: Progres Niederkorn and FK Trakai suffered single-goal defeats this evening in the first leg of their matches against AEL Limassol and IFK Norrkoping respectively.

Come on, Aberdeen, Scottish football needs a lift...in mid-July.

One eye on the clock

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

The vast majority of the 17,067 fans inside Pittodrie will be desperate to see Aberdeen score another goal or two in the remaining 14 minutes.

Another header goes wide

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Just before that substitution Aberdeen had a chance through the other sub, Nicky Maynard, who headed wide from Ryan Christie's delivery.

Stewart on for McLean

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes makes his second change, with forward Greg Stewart making his competitive debut as midfielder Kenny McLean goes off.

Visitors exploit 'huge gap'

Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

What a strike that was! He drilled it way beyond Joe Lewis but I don't know what Mark Reynolds was thinking. He left a huge gap down the middle.

Willie MillerFormer Aberdeen captain
Stipo Markovic fizzes in a great strike
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Stipo Markovic fizzes in a great strike to stun Pittodrie

GOAL Aberdeen 1-1 Siroki Brijeg

Stipo Markovic

Noooo! Aberdeen pay the price for standing back and admiring left-back Stipo Markovic, who cracks a shot into the corner of Joe Lewis's net. Pittodrie falls silent for a few moments before the fans offer a rallying cry to the players.

Stipo Markovic celebrates his fizzing strike
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The dreaded away goal: Stipo Markovic celebrates his equaliser

Dons go for it

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Adam Rooney falls to the ground in the penalty box but his appeal for a penalty is half-hearted. Then, in their first real chance of the second half, Graeme Shinnie tees up Shay Logan whose header is tipped over the bar by Luka Bilobrk. Shinnie is next to have a go, his shot from Greg Tansey's low corner saved again by that man Bilobrk.

Aberdeen make a switch

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

New signing Gary Mackay-Steven has run his race. Another new face, the former West Ham and Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, comes on in his place. There's an obvious way to make yourself an instant hero with your new club's supporters...

Dejan-vu?

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Dejan Cabraja, unmarked in the Aberdeen box, will be kicking himself as he heads wide of the target, just as Luka Menalodid before half-time. The Bosnians have posted several warnings - when are Aberdeen going to pay heed to them?

Brijeg push for away goal

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Siroki Brijeg enjoy a spell in possession, with striker Ivan Krstanovic seeing more of the ball. They will know the value of an away goal and are attacking well down the wings.

Aberdeen dip

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

The energy has dropped from Aberdeen's attack, although they are showing plenty of appetite to win the ball back when they lose it. They need to keep the tempo up.

Aberdeen push for second

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Aberdeen start the second half brightly as Ryan Christie attacks and gets a ball into the box. Siroki goalie Luka Bilobrk gathers in the nick of time.

KICK-OFF

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Neither team has made a change for the start of the second half.

What's in store for Dons this season?

HT Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

It's so early in the season, of course, but Aberdeen fans will surely be excited by the prospect of seeing Gary Mackay-Steven and Ryan Christie running at teams. They are the kind of players who can get a stadium buzzing with their skills, just what Reds fans need to get over the loss of Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes.

Not a lot between the teams

HT Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Aberdeen have maybe had the better of the chances. The Bosnians have had two wonderful chances. I thought that one before half time was going to nestle in the back of the net. It looked as though Joe Lewis wasn't getting near it; it just drifted by the far post. The Bosnians certainly get players forward

Willie MillerFormer Aberdeen captain Willie Miller

Does this make us feel any better?

HT Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Now, I know this is a bit like having the same Lottery numbers and checking the results knowing you forgot to buy a ticket, but let's see how Rangers' victors Progres Niederkorn and those slayers of the Saints, FK Trakai, are getting on in the second round of Europa League qualifying.

Well, AEL Limassol lead 1-0 Progres in Luxembourg with two minutes to go, while FK Trakai trail IFK Norrkoping 2-1 in Sweden.

HALF-TIME

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Luka lively

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Oh, boy. What a difference that would have made had it gone in. Luka Menalo flashes a header wide of Joe Lewis's post in the last piece of action of the first half.

Christie's class

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

We're coming towards the end of the first half. Ryan Christie's touch of class, aided by a peach of a pass from goalkeeper Joe Lewis, is the difference between the teams.

Do Dons need more than a 1-0 advantage?

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

I think it has been a really interesting first half. Siroki have done very well after looking very shaky in the first 15 minutes. I would be nervous if it finished 1-0 to take over to Bosnia.

Willie MillerFormer Aberdeen captain on BBC Sportsound

'An excellent signing'

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Shay Logan is committed to the club. He is an excellent right-back, he's good at the back and he sets goals up. He has been an excellent signing for Aberdeen

Paul HartleyFormer Aberdeen midfielder Paul Hartley on BBC Sportsound

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Gary Mackay-Steven rounds the goalkeeper but, with the angle narrowing, can only manage to fire a shot into the side netting. What a debut that would have made it for the winger.

Nervous moment

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Siroki win their first corner of the match, out on the right. Mark Reynolds lashes at it before Shay Logan helps clear the danger.

Off balance, off target

Aberdeen 1-0 Siroki Brijeg

Kenny McLean hits a first-time shot over the bar. He just couldn't quite set himself properly before having a pop at goal. Adding goals to his game is something you'd imagine Derek McInnes would be keen to see in the midfielder.