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Summary

  1. Stewart & Mackay-Steven on target for Dons
  2. First leg was 1-1 draw at Pittodrie
  3. Aberdeen meet Apollon Limassol in third qualifying round

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Well, it was a very pleasant surprise to see Aberdeen score two goals away from home to ensure Scottish representation in the Europa League for another two weeks at least. Thank you very much for lending your attention to our live coverage of the game. All the best.

Apollon Limassol is 'a winnable tie'

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

BBC Scotland football pundit Michael Grant: "Limassol are in the same boat as Aberdeen in a sense. Their domestic season isn't up and running. They finished third in the league last year and qualified by winning the cup. Aberdeen will think that is a winnable tie. They have to keep the tie alive at Pittodrie. Kari Arnason will come into the team. There were times tonight when a better team would have picked Aberdeen off and scored from some of the counter attacks. Arnason is the perfect spy in the camp having come from Cypriot football."

Two more hurdles for Dons

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Now, it's terrific that Aberdeen have reached the third qualifying round once again. However, victory over the Cypriots over two legs will not be enough to reach the group stage of the Europa League: there is still a play-off round to negotiate.

McInnes: We got stronger as game went on

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "It was important we tried to quieten this crowd down. There were a couple of scary moments in the first half. We know there is quality in the team. Greg (Stewart) brings a real bit of quality for the first goal. You could see the fitness level of the team; we got stronger as the game went on. Once we were in front you could see the spirit of the team. Tansey gives us energy in the middle of the park. Nicky Maynard does a great bit of movement for Greg's goal. I think we were a game short going into this game. In hindsight I should have played another pre-season game. It was more the competitive edge (that was missing). Thankfully I'm not beating myself up about it because we've got through. Our scout has been over tonight in Moldova (watching Apollon Limassol). If we can reach the heights next week we can be confident going into it. Hopefully the fans get home safely and they can go to Cyprus."

Aberdeen's class acts

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Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

There was real intent about their game at the start of the second half. They definitely had class in Ryan Christie, and Greg Stewart and Gary Mackay-Steven showed their class as well

A save as good as a goal

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

The save by Joe Lewis to deny Ivan Krstanovic from scoring with a spectacular volley was a crucial moment in the match. It preceded Aberdeen's first goal, made by Ryan Christie, finished by Greg Stewart.

FT Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Aberdeen will play Apollon at Pittodrie next Thursday. What a turnaround in the Dons' performance. They, and the hosts, were poor in the first half but they kept at it and with Ryan Christie's vision found a way through.

FULL-TIME

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Aberdeen are through to the third qualifying round of the Europa League for the fourth consecutive year. Great result for the Dons.

ADDED TIME

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

There are four minutes of added time, two of which have been played. Aberdeen are playing full of confidence.

A rare home defeat

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Joe Lewis looks like he will keep a clean sheet over in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He pounces on a loose ball to add to the hosts' frustration. Siroki Brijeg have lost only three times in two years at home.

Manchester, Dundee, Edinburgh, etc

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

It's not just Liverpool, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester that has a couple of big teams.

In fact, Limassol has two teams in the third qualifying round. AEL Limassol have knocked out Rangers' conquerors, Progres Niederkorn, 3-1 on aggregate.

A trip to Cyprus beckons

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

This is a shot in the arm for Scottish football after the first-round defeats suffered by Rangers and St Johnstone. The Dons will play Apollon Limassol in the third qualifying round, barring a disaster.

Nearly there

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

The Aberdeen fans are in full voice. This result will join the away wins in the Netherlands and Croatia in 2014 and 2015 as a particularly sweet moment for the travelling supporters.

McInnes makes another sub

Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

There are 10 minutes to go in the late evening heat in Siroki Brijeg. Scorer Gary Mackay-Steven has been replaced by Adam Rooney, presumably to prepare him for receiving his freedom of the city award on his return to Aberdeen.

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Paul Hartley

Former Scotland and Aberdeen midfielder on BBC Sportsound

It's brilliant play from Ryan Christie. What a pass, and it's a composed finish. Aberdeen just need to keep their discipline now

GOAL Siroki Brijeg 0-2 Aberdeen (1-3)

Gary Mackay-Steven

Oh, what a goal! Ryan Christie, who created the Dons' first with a lovely disguised reverse pass for Greg Stewart, takes a grip of the play on the right wing, scurries past two Siroki players and curls a left-foot pass into the path of Gary Mackay-Steven on the far side of the box. The summer signing from Celtic bullets a left-footed shot into the net. The Dons are surely going through.

A new urgency

Siroki Brijeg 0-1 Aberdeen (1-2)

Not so much time-wasting now by the Siroki players...

Change for Aberdeen

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Scorer Greg Stewart makes way for Greg Tansey, another of the new arrivals at Aberdeen this summer.

Siroki Brijeg 0-1 Aberdeen (1-2)

Paul Hartley

Former Scotland and Aberdeen midfielder on BBC Sportsound

Aberdeen have been the better team in the second half and what a finish from Greg Stewart. You can see the quality he has. He's been the main threat

GOAL Siroki Brijeg 0-1 Aberdeen (1-2)

Greg Stewart

Summer signing Greg Stewart scores a vital goal for the Dons on his first start. He is played in on the right side of the penalty box by Ryan Christie and he keeps his cool to place it into the far corner of the Siroki net. Lovely finish, lad.

GREAT SAVE!

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

He's no ordinary Joe, that man Lewis. Ivan Krstanovic positions his body beautifully to volley a ball from the right and it looks as if his effort is heading for the roof of the Aberdeen net before the gymnastic brilliance of the English goalkeeper keeps it out.

Cabraja threatens

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Derek McInnes may be making virtual deposits to the Dons swear box after witnessing those two missed chances. What a difference an away goal or two would make. Remember, Aberdeen have to score. Ryan Christie tries to make amends for that missed header by surging towards the Siroki defence but his team-mates cannot quite match his precision and the attack breaks down. Quickly the play goes to the other end and Dejan Cabraja threatens before being squeezed out by the twin forces of Anthony O'Connor and Mark Reynolds. Things are opening up.

OK, not so rare a thing

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Ryan Christie is involved in two - yes, TWO - chances for Aberdeen. First, he rattles in a shot with his left boot that is parried by Luka Bilobrk into the path of Greg Stewart, who must score from eight yards...but who knocks it wide! In the next move, down the left wing Gary Mackay-Steven sends over a cross to Christie that is the sort of invite to the ball that Disney make children's films about. Unfortunately, Christie heads wide of the target. He had ages to pick his spot and should have at least hit the target.

A rare thing

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

And Joe Lewis gets down quickly to save Ivan Krstanovic's low shot from 18 yards. I'd say that is the first proper save of the match.

Lively Lewis

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is like a bright green streak in the night sky as he leaps to gather a lofted free-kick from out on the right. He kept his eye on the ball, despite the on-rushing strikers.

Logan's run

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Shay Logan has a tub or two of petroleum jelly slapped on his facial injury and re-enters the fray enthusiastically. Meanwhile, Josip Coric, perhaps as a result of his booking, is subbed in favour of Sirokia's Stepjan Loncar.

YELLOW CARDS

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Josip Coric is booked for a blatant trip on Graeme Shinnie. He's been the subject of a lot of fouls this evening, the Dons midfielder. Ryan Christie's free-kick is met by the diving Andy Considine but it's too meek an effort to trouble the home goalie. In the next move, Ivan Krstanovic "clothes-lines" poor Shay Logan with a straight arm across the defender's face, and is yellow carded. Logan's cheek is cut.

KICK-OFF

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After a false start, Aberdeen begin the second half.

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Willie Miller

Former Scotland and Aberdeen defender on BBC Sportsound

Siroki are quite happy to make it scrappy. They have got the advantage. They just want to break up play and waste as much time as possible

Ross injury doubt

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It was a tough evening for Scotland Women last night, losing their Euro 2017 debut 6-0 against England.

What looks like making matters worse is an injury to striker Jane Ross. She may miss the next Group D game against Portugal.

Ross, the joint top scorer in qualifying and with 107 caps, damaged her shoulder and was taken to hospital and she will be assessed again before Sunday's meeting with Portugal.

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Dons yet to test Siroki goalie

HT Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Sportsound pundit Michael Grant: "Aberdeen can be grateful that Siroki have been so ordinary. It's two ordinary-looking teams. It looks like (Greg) Stewart and (Ryan) Christie could be a partnership. (Jaydn) Stockley hasn't offered anything. Aberdeen haven't worked the keeper at all yet. They took half an hour to get a corner, they have been wasteful with the corners they have had. It would be really deflating for Aberdeen to go out to this side because they look so average."

A scrappy affair

HT Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Aberdeen have still to get a shot on target. It's been scrappy. There has been too many fouls. One opportunity for Aberdeen and they could go through if they are good enough to take it. I think the wide players Gary Mackay-Steven and Greg Stewart have done OK. There is no cohesion in the play. All round as a spectacle it has been extremely disappointing

HALF-TIME

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Danger for Dons

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Croat striker Dejan Cabraja muscles his way between the Aberdeen defence and wins a corner. Joe Lewis comes off his line to gather the set-piece and clutches it at the second attempt.

Impressive Stewart

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Greg Stewart shows the sort of skill that first attracted Birmingham scouts to Dundee. He torments the men in blue but Aberdeen lack the guile, so far, to test the goalie.

Christie's cracking cross

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Ryan Christie directs a fabulous ball across the face of the Siroki goal but Jayden Stockley cannot quite meet it. That is Aberdeen's most dangerous move, save for that Considine header that hit the post...but only after the whistle had blown for a foul.

YELLOW CARD

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Baby-faced assassin Ryan Christie brings down Siroki striker Ivan Krstanovic and is shown a yellow card by Danish referee Michael Tykgaard.

Considine threatens

Siroki Brijeg 0-0 Aberdeen (1-1)

Andy Considine rises well to meet a ball in from the right but the whistle blows for a nudge on a Bosnians' defender as Luka Bolobrk dives to his left to tip the ball on to his left-hand post.

Mackay-Steven gives them both barrels

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Gary Mackay-Steven, once upon a time, would have been blown over in a stiff breeze but the blond winger, now looking more muscular, battles ferociously to dispossess his opponent, then loses it, then wins it back before being body-checked out the way. OK, so he lost out this time but it was enough to thwart Siroki's attack.

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Paul Hartley

Former Scotland and Aberdeen midfielder

Aberdeen have come into it a little bit. It's just their possession. If they could just keep hold of the ball better