Europa League: Aberdeen would face Apollon Limassol or Zaria Balti in next round

Villarreal's Luciano Vietto and Apollon's Georgios Vasiliou fight for the ball
Villarreal were among Apollon Limassol's group opponents in 2014

Apollon Limassol of Cyprus or Moldova's Zaria Balti await Aberdeen in the Europa League's third qualifying round - if they get past Siroki Brijeg.

The Dons were held to a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie on Thursday, with the second leg in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 20 July.

Apollon hold a commanding 3-0 lead after their home first leg.

Coached by former Cyprus goalkeeper Sofronis Avgousti, Apollon finished third in their national league last season.

Their squad, which features several Cyprus internationals, includes former Sunderland centre half Valentin Roberge, while former Porto goalkeeper Bruno Vale captained the side against Zaria.

Malta striker Andre Schembri, their summer signing from Boavista, opened the scoring, with Brazilian midfielder Alex da Silva adding to that from the penalty spot before Portuguese Joao Pedro made it three before the break.

Defender Angelis Charalambous, who had a short spell with Motherwell, and 20-year-old Edinburgh-born midfielder Alastair Reynolds are also on the Apollon books but did not feature in their Europa League line-up.

Apollon went into the third qualifying round last season but lost 5-4 on aggregate after extra-time against Grasshopper Zurich.

Zaria, who finishing fourth in Divizia Nationala last season, qualified because title winners Sheriff Tiraspol completed a league and cup double.

Having themselves won the cup the previous season for the first time, Zaria were knocked out in the first qualifying round of the Europa League after also losing the first leg 3-0 to Videoton of Hungary before winning the home game 2-0.

Aberdeen were in the same section of the draw at Everton, but the English side were paired with either Slovakia's Ruzomberok or Brann of Norway.

Full Europa League third qualifying round draw

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