Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Europa League third qualifying round, first leg
  2. FT: Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol (Christie, Shinnie; Jander)
  3. Sachetti sent off for Apollon
  4. Aberdeen only remaining Scottish team in draw
  5. Dons eyeing play-off stage for first time since 2009
  6. Apollon last reached play-off stage in 2015
  7. FT: Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women (Weir)

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Scotland are out of Euro 2017, but Celtic and Aberdeen head fly out next week for their respective second legs with hope of progress in Europe.

Join us for more live coverage of what should be an exciting climax to the group stage of the Scottish League Cup on Saturday.

Graeme Shinnie celebrates his winning goal
SNS
Graeme Shinnie scored Aberdeen's winning goal

Scotland's tearful exit Euro 2017

FT: Scotland Women 2-1 Spain Women

Anna Signeul's side exited Euro 2017 in typically Scottish fashion. You can read Andrew Southwick's report of the win over Spain that was not quite enough for them to qualify.

'We go there with confidence' - McInnes

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Derek McInnes is optimistic about his Aberdeen side's chances of going through against Apollon and reaching the play-off stage.

"We go over there with desire and confidence that we can get the result we want," he said.

"I think we can always score regardless of the opposition.

"We have to be ready for them to have more possession than they did tonight and we have to be ready for the hot temperatures.

"But we have got results away from home - and in hot temperatures.

"It could have been more, but we'll take the 2-1 and see if we can finish the job next week."

McInnes praises 'terrific' Dons

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is satisfied with the narrow lead against Apollon.

"Naturally very pleased," he told BBC Scotland. "I thought we were terrific at times.

"The quality and intensity at the start was excellent, but we knew we would not be able to play like that for 90 minutes.

"They made changes at the break and were more on the front foot and I was just about to make a change when we conceded.

"But the response was very good and what a fantastic goal from Graeme Shinnie to win the game for us. A goal of real quality.

"It was no more than we deserved. I always felt we would have to score more than once to win the game."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes salutes the Dons fans
SNs

Dons take advantage to Cyprus

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

You can now read Scott Davie's impressions of Aberdeen's victory over Apollon.

Meanwhile, we are waiting to hear from Dons boss Derek McInnes.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Graeme Shinnie's outstanding long-range effort gives Aberdeen first-leg lead over 10-man Cypriot side.

Read more

Get Involved

#bbcsportscot and https://www.facebook.com/bbcsportscotland

A man who made his name from famous European nights at Pittodrie, former midfielder Neil Simpson believes Aberdeen have given themselves a great chance of progressing to the play-off round.

View more on twitter

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Aberdeen have the advantage in the tie, but Apollon have the away goal.

It is going to be a nervous 90 minutes ahead in the evening heat of Cyprus next Thursday.

But Derek McInnes side travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the last round without a lead and still emerged victorious. They will be looking to repeat the exercise.

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Apollon took over after the first 20 minutes and there was only going to be one winner until the sending off. Before then, I thought Aberdeen were going to buckle, but they didn't and Graeme Shinnie steps up to the plate. You need that kind of player

Aberdeen celebrate the winner from Graeme Shinnie (centre)
SNS
Graeme Shinnie (centre) scored Aberdeen's winning goal

FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Apollon are a good outfit and it was another great game. But they should have been down to 10 men in the first half

Paul HartleyFormer Dons midfielder on BBC Radio Scotland

FULL-TIME Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

So Aberdeen take a narrow lead with them to Cyprus.

Esteban Sachetti's second-half red card was the turning point as it came just as Apollon had equalised and looked the more likely to add a second.

Graeme Shinnie added his own superb finish to Ryan Christie's early opener, but the Dons will need to repeat their recent fine away form in Europe to keep at bay a quality opponent in the second leg.

FULL-TIME Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

Scotland exit Euro 2017

Anna Signeul's reign as Scotland Women manager comes to an end in bitter-sweet fashion.

Her side beat Spain thanks to Caroline Weir's strike just before half-time.

Both sides squandered chances after the break, but Spain still go through to the next round as they qualify behind England thanks to Portugal's 2-1 defeat by the Auld Enemy.

So Signeul, having led Scotland to their first major finals, secures their first win at this level only to lose out by one goal. A typically Scottish exit.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Jayden Stockley has a chance to give the Dons a two-goal cushion heading to Cyprus, but the striker heads wide. He should have hit the target.

Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

We are nearing stoppage time at Pittodrie. Who will be happier with a 2-1 scoreline?

Scots need a late goal

Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

Meanwhile, in Netherlands, Scotland needing a goal in the final four minutes if they are to qualify from their group at Euro 2017.

They remain 1-0 ahead while England are doing their bit by leading 2-1 over Portugal.

Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Jander equalised for Apollon, but they are hanging on now, down to 10 men and a goal behind again after that superb Graeme Shinnie strike.

Jander scores for Apollon at Pittodrie
PA
Jander scored the equaliser for Apollon at Pittodrie

Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Coach Sofronos Avgousti was earlier sent to the stand for encroaching on to the pitch and from his position i the stand orders a change.

He brings on club captain Giorgos Vasiliou, with the more attacking Spaniard Adrian Sardinero making way in midfield.

GOAL Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

Graeme Shinnie

What a strike. Graeme Shinnie will not score a better goal than that.

Aberdeen are back in front just as Apollon looked to have killed the game despite being down to 10 men.

The defence stand off Shinnie and the midfielder rifles it into the far corner of the net from 25 yards.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Greg Stewart drags a shot wide as the Dons look to take advantage.

By the way, young Scott Wright had replaced Mark Reynolds. a winger for a defender, so a positive move from manager Derek McInnes.

RED CARD - Goodbye Sachetti too!

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Esteban Sachetti, the Argentine midfielder, was fortunate to escape a red card in the first half and there's no hiding place for him this time as he wipes out Ryan Christie as the midfielder weaves past and leaves the on-loan Celtic man with a bust lip.

Goodbye Schembri

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Andre Schembri, the Malta striker who arrived from Boavista this summer and scored twice in the previous round, has had a quiet night and is replaced with Alef.

Coach Sofronis Avgousti will be hoping the change works as well as his half-time switch, with Antonio Jakolis, who signed on Monday on loan from Steau Bucharest, having made a difference for Apollon with his wing play.

McLean's race is run?

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean is struggling with a knock and it looks like he cannot go on.

The equaliser is no surprise

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

It's been coming. They've been playing really well in the second-half. You've got to say, it's good play

GREAT SAVE!

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Ryan Christie again goes close to his second of the night as the Dons midfielder forces Bruno Vale into a save.

Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Aberdeen bring on Jayden Stockley for Nicky Maynard, the striker who had looked short of match fitness.

Meanwhile, Kari Arnason has come on for Gary Mackay-Steven for his second debut for the Dons after returning to the club last week. A defender for a winger, so that suggests a change of formation.

GOAL - Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

Jander

Jander rifles the ball into the roof of the net as a cross finds the Brazilian full-back.

That had been coming - just as worried Dons boss Derek McInnes was considering a substitution.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

The Cypriots are coming forward more and more now and Adrian Sardinero slides in at the front post only for the ball to slip wide for a goal kick.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Jander steals the ball off Dons midfielder Kenny McLean and fires just wide.

Moment of danger for the home side.

GREAT SAVE!

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Greg Stewart sets up Graeme Shinnie inside the Apollon penalty box, but goalkeeper Bruno Vale saves the midfielder's effort.

KICK-OFF

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Apollon get the game back up and running and coach Sofronis Avgousti has made a change at the break.

Antonio Jakolis, the winger who joined this week on loan from Steau Bucharest, replaces Alex da Silva.

That was surely forced through injury as the Brazilian was beginning to pull the strings in the Cypriot's midfield before the break - and scored in both legs of their second qualifying round victory.

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland

Live commentary of the game at Pittodrie continues on 810MW, while the Scotland Women game is on FM.

Celtic could have done with Christie?

BBC Scotland's Tom English has been taking a look back at Celtic's Champions League draw with Rosenborg, when Brendan Rodgers' side paid for not having a fit striker.

Celtic drew 0-0 at home to Rosenborg

'Celtic left short by striker gamble'

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers chose not to sign a third striker - and paid the price against Rosenborg by being short up front.

Read more

It's all in the name

HT: Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Apollon appear to have three nicknames.

They are not living up to being Theos (God), or Thrylos (legend) and are not playing in a strip matching their other one - Blue-Whites.

Instead, their rough tactics seem to be intent on turning the Dons the same colour as their kit at Pittodrie - black and blue!

HALF-TIME - Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

Scotland's Euro 2017 hopes remain on a knife-edge.

They need to beat Spain 2-0 and are halfway there through Caroline Weir's goal shortly before the break.

The Scots are perhaps fortunate considering goalkeeper Gemma Fay has made a couple of good saves and also was fortunate to escape being sent off.

However, they also need England to beat Portugal and, unfortunately for Anna Signeul's side, the score in the other group tie is 1-1.

HALF-TIME - Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Scott Davie

BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Apollon Limassol have done well to stay in the tie after the whirlwind start Aberdeen made to the game with the boost of Ryan Christie's sublimely worked early opener. The Cypriot side started coming to terms with Aberdeen's pace and intensity and, like Siroki Brijeg in the last round, they started to threaten more themselves

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Ryan Christie is so close to a second goal for Aberdeen as his powerful strike curls just wide.

GOAL - Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

Caroline Weir

Scotland edge in front moments after goalkeeper Gemma Fay was fortunate only to receive a yellow card for handling outside her penalty box.

Erin Cuthbert prods an effort against the advancing Spanish keeper and Caroline Weir fires a low drive through the legs of the defender on the goalline.

YELLOW CARD

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Spanish defender Hector Yuste is the next Apollon player to be booked with a cynical foul on Nicky Maynard as the striker looked to burst into space.

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Apollon threaten on the break, but striker Anton Maglica wastes the opportunity by striking from distance and it flies straight into the arms of goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Ryan high for Aberdeen

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Ryan Christie has played a prominent role in Aberdeen's three Europa League games this season and the on-loan Celtic midfielder's headed goal separates the sides at the moment at Pittodrie.

Ryan Christie heads Aberdeen ahead
PA

Aberdeen 1-0 Apollon Limassol

Apollon have taken the sting out of Aberdeen's intensity

Paul HartleyFormer Dons midfielder on BBC Radio Scotland