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Summary

  1. FT: Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)
  2. Samir Hadji grabs winner for Fola (44 mins)
  3. Aberdeen won first leg 3-1, progress 3-2 on aggregate
  4. Dons face Latvian side FK Ventspils or Vikingur from Faroes

Live Reporting

By Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

Dons and dusted

No word from Derek McInnes yet, but you'll be able to read what he has to say about that performance on the website later.  His Dons side will likely face the Latvian side FK Ventspils, who still lead 2-0 on aggregate at half-time of their second leg against Vikingur of the Faroes Islands, in the second qualifying round. Either way, the first leg will be at Pittodrie next Thursday.  

Hearts will travel to Malta to face Birkirkara the same night, while Hibernian will host Danish side Brondby, who have cruised through 10-1 on aggregate. 

Before that we'll have Celtic's entrance to Champions League qualifying on Tuesday night in Gibraltar. 

A gimme for the Scottish champions?  After tonight, there would appear to be no easy games in Europe anymore.  

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Nico: "What an embarrassment! It's not just the Dons, the whole of Scotland is being represented here. Coefficient etc!"

Rich, Aberdeen: "Sounded like a struggle, qualified that's a bonus. Need to massively improve still early doors."

'Which was the part-time team?'

FT: Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (2-3 on agg)

Ex-Aberdeen defender Stuart Duff on Radio Scotland: "Derek McInnes will be questioning why it went so wrong tonight.  Aberdeen couldn't string two passes together. There was a lot of hard work and endeavour but they needed a lot more than that. I felt the team they put out had plenty to trouble Fola, but it was the complete reverse.  It is difficult to put your finger on it. Last week the gulf in class was clear but tonight you wouldn't have known which was the part-time team."   

Derek McInnes makes a point to his Aberdeen team against Fola Esch
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Historic night for Fola

FT: Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (2-3 on agg)

Aberdeen have become the first team ever to lose a European tie to Fola Esch, despite progressing on aggregate. A little piece of unwanted history for the Dons. 

'You don't expect Dons as bad as that'

FT: Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (2-3 on agg)

Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield on Radio Scotland: "The only positive Aberdeen can take is they are through to the next round. For the full 93 minutes, Fola were the better side. They had a game plan and they stuck to it. Only the woodwork and a great save from Joe Lewis has kept them in the competition.  You don't expect to see Aberdeen play as badly as that. They need to get back to the training ground and I'm sure Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty will dissect this and make sure they improve for the next one."

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Tom Mather, Dundee: "How does Ash Taylor continue to get a game for Aberdeen? At fault for the goal, and he's been at fault for pretty much all Fola's chances. Derek McInnes must find a better alternative."

Gary Wilson, Aberdeen: "Aberdeen are quoted as saying they have been watching these new signings for some time? Who has been watching? Steve wonder? Aberdeen will be lucky to finish fourth next season. Still can't make my mind up who is part time here. What a joke, conned again for season tickets."   

FULL-TIME - Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Huge relief for Aberdeen.  They have squeezed through after a frankly woeful performance in Luxembourg, 3-2 on aggregate. 

Dons hanging on

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

We're into the first of three minutes of added time.  The Dons are effectively down to 10 men with Willo Flood a passenger.  

Fola going for broke

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Fola have brought on another striker in Stefan Lopes. A worrying moment for Dons fans as Gerson Rodrigues puts in a dangerous ball into the box but Samir Hadji can only divert it into the arms of Joe Lewis.     

Can Dons squeak through?

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

"It's all about Aberdeen using their experience now, trying to kill the game, rather than getting the ball down and playing," says former Dons defender Stuart Duff on Radio Scotland. The visitors haven't managed a shot on target in the second half.  Actually, not even a shot.

YELLOW CARD

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Adam Rooney goes down in the box, appealing for a penalty.  But the striker is fuming as the referee books him for diving instead. Frustration everywhere you look on Aberdeen faces.

Bensi chance for Fola

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Stefano Bensi has been a thorn in the Dons' side this evening, and he is allowed space for another effort from the edge of the area, but Joe Lewis is equal to it. 

'Freedom of Luxembourg'

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Another chance for Fola, as a right-wing corss finds Gerson Rodrigues in space on the edge of the area. He pauses before trying a curling effort, but a deflection makes it an easy save for Joe Lewis.  "Aberdeen are giving them the freedom of Luxembourg," remarks BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod. 

CLOSE!

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Aberdeen dicing with death - or at least an ignominious exit - here.  An unmarked Emmanuel Francoise unleashes a right-foot shot that cracks against the base of Joe Lewis' left-hand post and away to safety.  

Flood treading water

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Ryan Klapp has departed for Fola, with Gerson Rodrigues on his place.  Willo Flood is barely able to move, but Aberdeen have used all their subs. A rare bright moment for the Dons in attack sees Jonny Hayes put in a cross from the right flank, but a defender nips in ahead of Adam Rooney.

Ouch!

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Willo Flood is trying to change the momentum but he must have been close to a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Fola's Ryan Klapp, who has hobbled to the touchline.  Flood has managed to injure himself too in the process, and is struggling to run properly now.

Rooney on for Dons

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

There's still nearly half an hour to go but Derek McInnes make his third and final substitution.  Adam Rooney, the Dons top-scorer last season who is still on the comeback trail after a thigh injury kept him out of the final few months of the campaign, is on for Jayden Stockley.    

YELLOW CARD

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen substitute Willo Flood picks up the first yellow card of the evening, for not giving the ball back to Fola after committing a foul. Hmm.

McInnes 'still furious'

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Former Aberdeen defender Stuart Duff on Radio Scotland: "It has been a bit of a stalemate in this second half.  It is a very scrappy game.  You can tell by Derek McInnes' mannerisms that he is furious with his team.  He is telling them to push up."

Nervous times for Dons

Fola Esch 0-1 Aberdeen

Much was made beforehand about Aberdeen's impressive record on their European travels under Derek McInnes, but this must be excruciating viewing for Dons fans. Remember, they are one goal away from going out of Europe...to a team of semi-professionals...before the season proper has even started.    

CLOSE!

Fola Esch 0-1 Aberdeen

Inauspicious start to the second half by the Dons. A mix-up between Ash Taylor and new arrival Mark Reynolds allows Stefano Bensi time to send a curling effort towards the top corner that Joe Lewis does well to tip round the post.  From the resultant corner, Tom Laterza's effort is straight at the keeper, mercifully for Aberdeen fans.

Double change for Dons

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Manager Derek McInnes has taken decisive action at the interval.  Peter Pawlett and debutant Anthony O'Connor have got the hook, with defender Mark Reynolds and midfielder Willo Flood entering the fray.  Andrew Considine has moved to left-back, with Graeme Shinnie moving forward into midfield. Thoughts? 

Second half about to start

Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Players back out at the sun-kissed Stade Jose Barthel.  Can the Dons get their act together and ease the nerves of their band of travelling fans?

Dons 'will be getting an earful'

HT: Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen

Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield on Radio Scotland: 

"Aberdeen didn't seem to get their passing going like they normally do but you have to give Fola credit.  Over the piece they have had the better chances and getting the goal right on half-time has certainly put a spanner in the works.  I have been in a dressing room with Derek [McInnes] and they will certainly be getting an earful right now." 

HALF-TIME - Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen

Well that's put the cat among the pigeons.  The Dons have looked like a team still in pre-season mode, which of course they are in reality, in that first half. They seemed content to protect their two-goal cushion, but Hadji's strike means that a second goal for the hosts would put them ahead on the away goals rule. Time for a stern talking-to from Derek McInnes.

GOAL - Fola Esch 1-0 Aberdeen (agg 2-3)

Samir Hadji has looked the most likely player on either side to find a breakthrough, and sure enough, he slots the opener.  A simple through ball sees him streak away from the Dons defence, and he plants an angled drive past Joe Lewis.

Hadji
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McInnes 'furious' with Dons

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Stuart Duff

Former Aberdeen defender

"Derek McInnes is furious with his back four and midfield, he's urging them to get further up the field. They're allowing Fola to pass the ball. When they press they do end up winning the ball the majority of the time. I would like to see a bit more from Jonny Hayes.  On his day he's electric but he's barely had any touches so far." 

CLOSE!

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen's defence is hesistant at best as Fola's Stefano Bensi escapes a couple of flimsy challenges before unleashing a volley that skims over the bar.  

Fola chances keep coming

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Another corner from Fola sees dangerman Samir Hadji leap highest but his powerful header is just over.  Dons still struggling to get a grip of this game.

PENALTY?

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Shay Logan goes down in the box on another foray forward for the Dons, and several Aberdeen players appeal for a penalty.  But referee Ola Hobber Nilsen is having none of it, and waves them away.

Fola probing for opener

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen, with a two-goal advantage, are happy to let Fola see plenty of the ball. Veldin Muharemovic has a pop at goal for the hosts, but it doesn't trouble Dons keeper Joe Lewis, who watches it sail over his bar.

Chances for Aberdeen

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Better from the Dons.  Some neat build-up in midfield sees Kenny McLean get himself in a shooting position, but the Scotland midfielder's effort is wide. Moments later Peter Pawlett crosses from the left and Jayden Stockley's side-footed effort is saved at point-blank range by Fola keeper Thomas Hym.  

CLOSE!

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen's first foray forward sees Shay Logan advance deep into Fola territory but the right-back, who scored the opening girl in the first leg, drags his effort across goal and narrowly wide of the left-hand post.  

Chance for Fola

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

The Dons defence are in no rush to close down Fola's Mehdi Kirch, who drives on to the edge of the Aberdeen area, only to slice his left-footed effort 10 yards wide of the post.

Ouch!

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Jayden Stockley takes a whack from behind in a high challenge from Fola's Billy Bernard, but the Aberdeen striker picks himself up after a quick breather.     

Fola on front foot

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Fola taking the direct approach early on, trying to test the Dons' back four, but the visitors are dealing with it fairly comfortably. Not much from Aberdeen in attack as yet. It's a strange atmosphere, with maybe a 1,000 fans in all in attendance. No danger of the players not being able to hear themselves here. 

CLOSE!

Fola Esch 0-0 Aberdeen

Early let-off for Dons keeper Joe Lewis, who has to scramble back after a speculative effort from Fola's Samir Hadji near the halfway line, which only goes over his crossbar by a whisker.  

Meet Josy

Fola Esch v Aberdeen (17:30 KO)

Aberdeen are in Luxembourg's national stadium tonight, the Stade Josy Barthel. Josy, incidentally, won a surprise gold medal in the men's 1500m at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, and remains the only Luxembourger to have won an Olympic gold medal. Anyway, it holds just under 9,000 fans. Sunshine and blue skies have just accompanied the players out onto the pitch, but here's a picture of the stadium to give you an idea anyway. 

The Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg
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Don good on the road

Fola Esch v Aberdeen (17:30 KO)

Aberdeen have won both of their Europa League away ties under manager Derek McInnes when they have been away for the second leg.

In the 2014/15 season, they beat Daugava Riga 3-0 after a 5-0 first leg win, and followed that with a 2-1 win over Dutch Eredivisie side Groningen after drawing 0-0 at home.

Out of the six away ties they have played in Europe under McInnes, they have lost only twice - to Spanish La Liga side Real Socieded, and last season to Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan. 

Manager Derek McInnes (left) and Jonny Hayes
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Derek McInnes (left) and Jonny Hayes celebrate beating Groningen in 2014

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Any Dons fans out in Luxembourg? We gather about 400-500 have made the journey. Any memories of previous trips to one of the three official capitals of the European Union? Morrissey sang about "writing frightening verse...to a buck-tooth girl in Luxembourg" but no need to scare anyone with your offerings.      

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