Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Europa League: Aberdeen 3-1 CS Fola Esch

Adam Rooney
Adam Rooney's late penalty sealed a 3-1 win for Aberdeen

Stoppage time goals from Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney left Aberdeen with a far more comfortable Europa League return leg after a night of tension and drama at Pittodrie.

Intense pressure finally paid off with Shay Logan's close range volley putting Derek McInnes' side in front.

Julien Klein drew the visitors level after a corner was not cleared, and Ash Taylor had two goals disallowed.

But McGinn's late shot squirmed home, before Rooney converted a penalty.

This was potentially the easiest tie in Aberdeen's quest to reach the Europa League group stage but proved a genuine test, as will the return leg in Luxembourg.

Stefano Bensi's shot off the post in the first half was a real scare, while Taylor saw the first of two goals ruled out after Jonny Hayes' cross has gone out of play.

The home side's second half approach suggested Aberdeen would take some sort of lead with them; laying siege on their opponents goal with Taylor almost netting within minutes of the restart.

McGinn saw a free-kick parried, a shot blocked then a close range header palmed behind.

Fola Esch's Julien Klein stunned Pittodrie when his left-foot shot levelled the score.
Fola Esch's Julien Klein stunned Pittodrie when his left-foot shot levelled the score.

Substitute Rooney somehow couldn't net from a couple of yards, then struck a post form close range as the visitors looked like completely capitulating.

When Logan's goal hit the net there was only one winner in most observer's eyes - if it was a boxing match it might have been stopped - but Fola Esch stunned Pittodrie with an equaliser.

Poor defending from a corner allowed the ball to be cut back to captain Klein and he confidently powered the ball home.

That knocked Aberdeen's confidence a little and Jakob Dallevedove found space to test Lewis but his shot was parried.

Aberdeen regained their superiority and Taylor again had the ball in the net only for the referee to rule it out for a foul on the goalkeeper.

And they thought they had been a denied when the flag went up after McGinn's shot slipped through, but this time the Danish referee overruled his assistant.

Their passage to the next round was made considerably easier when Rooney confidently netted a penalty deep into the seven minutes of injury time.

It was a fantastic spectacle, a genuine test for Aberdeen and they'll be mightily relieved to have achieved a two goal advantage at the end of it.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 80mins
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8FloodSubstituted forRooneyat 55'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 11Hayes
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinn
  • 17Stockley

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright

Fola Esch

  • 1Hym
  • 2MartinoBooked at 52mins
  • 6BernardSubstituted forSacrasat 69'minutes
  • 28KleinBooked at 90mins
  • 24KirchBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMahmutovicat 82'minutes
  • 10Dallevedove
  • 23LaterzaBooked at 27minsSubstituted forRodriguesat 67'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Muharemovic
  • 11FrançoiseBooked at 80mins
  • 15Hadji
  • 27BensiBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Mahmutovic
  • 7Rodrigues
  • 14Sacras
  • 17Rocha
  • 18Camerling
  • 20Bechtold
  • 33Cabral
Referee:
Mads Kristoffersen
Attendance:
12,570

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamFola Esch
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 30th June 2016

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