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Summary

  1. Hayes levels for Dons with late strike
  2. Novakovic gave Maribor away goal
  3. Rooney netted from offside position

Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

Dons travel to Slovenia in hope

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

Read Scott Davie's match report from a frenetic 90 minutes at Pittodrie as Aberdeen came from behind to draw 1-1 with Maribor. 

Not the result the Dons would have wanted but the performance they produced this evening will give them belief that they can still go through to the next round. 

Stay across the BBC Sport Scotland website for all the reaction to tonight's match.

Thanks for your company and contributions this evening. 

Until next time, goodbye.

Good performance by the Dons. Fancy us next week.

Anonymous

Rooney & Stockley thriving in tandem

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

One of the major positives for Aberdeen tonight was the link-up play between the forward pair. Adam Rooney Jayden Stockley were a handful for the Maribor defence all night and there seemed to be a real understanding between them. A promising sign for Derek McInnes, who will surely be tempted to pitch them both in again in next Thursday's return leg in Slovenia.

'Aberdeen can still win this tie'

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

"It was a powerful performance. Derek McInnes will be a little disappointed that they didn't take some of the chances they created. They were the better team. I think they'll still be confident they can win this tie."

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

FULL-TIME

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

Finally a chance to pause for breath!

Mixed emotions for the Aberdeen fans at the full-time whistle. They've witnessed an excellent display from their side but a score draw gives Maribor the advantage in the tie.

The Dons were on top for large spells but fell behind seven minutes from time to Milivoje Novakovic's goal. Derek McInnes' side stormed back though, with Johnny Hayes grabbing a deserved leveller two minutes from the end.

So level at 1-1 going into next Thursday's second leg. Advantage Maribor, but if Aberdeen play like that again they will have every chance of getting the result they need.

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

Aberdeen's last chance may have gone as Niall McGinn's cross into the box is too close to the keeper and is easily gathered by Handanovic.

@BBCSportScot @AberdeenFC #BBCSportScot Deserved goal for Aberdeen, have been enjoying the commentary as a neutral on a rare night off.

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

Ash Taylor has been playing as a temporary striker in these last few minutes and has caused aerial problems for the visitors. Aberdeen pushing hard for a winner.

Two minutes to go.

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

We are now into four minutes of stoppage time at Pittodrie.

GOAL Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

Johnny Hayes

No more than Aberdeen deserve. Ash Taylor makes amends by winning the knockdown header towards Adam Rooney. He does brilliantly to hold off the attentions of two defenders to tee up Johnny Hayes who sweeps the ball into the bottom corner from eight yards.

Can the Dons find a winner?

Aberdeen 0-1 Maribor

"Some dejected Aberdeen fans heading for the exits already."

BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

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In the old town of Ibiza, supporting the Reds with a glass of red in my hand!

Steve Mackie

Great reading all the texts far flung Dandies. I'm on the khazi in Fettercairn. Just saying.

Davy

GOAL Aberdeen 0-1 Maribor

Milivoje Novakovic

Sickening blow for the Dons. They've been the better side, they had a goal disallowed moments earlier but they have fallen behind. Milivoje Novakovic is left one-on-one against Ash Taylor, brushes past the Aberdeen defender all too easily and dispatches an emphatic finish past Joe Lewis to give the Slovenian side the lead.

Can Aberdeen respond?

DISALLOWED GOAL

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

A gorgeous reverse pass from Niall McGinn slices open the Maribor defence, Adam Rooney gets on the end of it and chips the keeper to put the ball into the net, but the celebrations are cut short as the offside flag is raised against the striker.

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Just over 10 minutes remaining and Aberdeen are well on top, but can they find that crucial goal to give them a lead to take to Slovenia next week for the second leg?

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Kenny McLean makes his presence felt immediately. A short corner between McGinn and Hayes is well-worked but the cross is cleared. McLean takes on the strike from 20 yards and makes a sweet connection but the ball rises a foot or two over the intended target of Jasmin Handanovic's top left hand corner.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Derek McInnes looks to shake things up with a double substitution. Jayden Stockley and Graeme Shinnie make way for Kenny McLean and Wes Burns.

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Jeff Bruce: Come on Aberdeen, gee us a goal, finish my holiday in style #bbcsportscot

jane horne: #bbcsportscot watching the Aberdeen vs Maribor feed in Austria, wish we were at Pittodrie. Just need a goal!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Maribor are really struggling to deal with the physicality of Adam Rooney. His knock-down finds Niall McGinn but his ambitious first-time volley from range is well wide of the target.

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On a train from Vienna to Prague keeping an eye on the Dons match

Ryan Ogg

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

So close! Johnny Hayes lets rip from 20 yards out and whistles millimetres by the post with the diving Jasmin Handanovic well beaten. 

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

An hour gone and Derek McInnes couldn't have asked for much more from his players, they have been excellent against a very decent Maribor side. You feel though they really do need to turn this pressure into goals.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Ryan Jack wins possession on the middle of the park and Aberdeen spring into attack. Rooney's cross from deep on the right comes all the way through to Jayden Stockley who cuts in on his right foot but Jasmin Handanovic palms his near post effort away from goal.

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Adam Higgins: A goal would surely open the tie up, Aberdeen in the ascendancy but have to take their chances and can ill-afford to concede #bbcsportscot

Scott McKenzie: #bbcsportscot Sitting in a bar in Calgary preparing to take my family to Morocco and following the Dons. COYR!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Dare Vrsic has been revitalised by his half-time oranges. The Maribor midfielder has been lively after the break. He takes possession and has a crack from fully 30 yards, but Dons keeper Joe Lewis is able to gather comfortably.

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Sitting at work refreshing my phone!!!!! #COYRS

Anonymous

I'll take a Copenhagen style implosion in the second half! Dons are dominating Maribor in the air.

David, Glasgow

@AberdeenFC @BBCSportScot come on the dandies. Second last day of hols and hoping for a reason to celebrate.

GREAT SAVE!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Dare Vrsic throws in a few lollipops as he runs at Andrew Considine, comes inside on the left foot and fires a shot towards the bottom corner which Joe Lewis does superbly to get down to.

KICK-OFF

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

We are back underway at Pittodrie.

Come on @AberdeenFC - sounds like a great first half - McGinn and Hayes tearing it up! @BBCSportScot @BBCSportsound

'Stockley and Rooney unsettling Maribor'

HT: Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Scott Davie

BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

"Great first half performance from the Dons who have made Maribor look really ordinary when they have attacked with verve and imagination down the flanks.

"Derek McInnes' decision to start with Jayden Stockley up top with Adam Rooney has really unsettled the visitors but they need a goal to make the most of that now. Maribor look dangerous going forward with Marcos Tavares a cut above when he gets time on the ball."

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Being the worst company ever. Having drinks in London whilst constantly refreshing my phone for the live text feed #COYR

Liam

Eating tapas and drinking vino tinto in Zaragoza: need a couple of Dons' goals to settle my nerves!

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HALF-TIME

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Niall McGinn puts in a tantalising cross between the Maribor defence and goalkeeper but there are no takers in red shirts.

And with that comes the half-time whistle. Aberdeen have certainly had the better of it, creating numerous opportunities, but the game's outstanding chance fell to Maribor's Marwan Kabha who blasted over when just eight yards out in front of goal.

Surely got to be a goal in this match. 

GREAT SAVE!

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Jayden Stockley meets Niall McGinn's corner with a strong header, but Jasmin Handanovic throws up one of those long levers of his to palm the ball over the crossbar.

Adam Rooney and Denis Sme
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Adam Rooney has caused Maribor problems so far in this tie

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Sitting in Aberlady watching master chef whilst headphones on listening to the Dons. Could really go a goal plus a chocolate fondant

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Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Adam Rooney looks to get in behind the defence and again takes a tumble in the box but the result again is no penalty. No great appeals from Aberdeen players.

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

BBC Radio Scotland co-commentator Willie Miller informs us that a wayward Johnny Hayes cross narrowly misses a woman in the crowd carrying a young baby.

"He'll be disappointed with that," says Willie, presumably in reference to the poor quality of the cross rather than narrowly missing the little bundle of joy.

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Denis Sme gets up close and personal with Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes early in the match

Aberdeen 0-0 Maribor

Another worrying moment for Aberdeen as Milivoje Novakovic bears down on goal but rather than pull the trigger he tries to square it for Dino Hotic, allowing Shay Logan to make the interception.

Marcos Tavares has tasted victory against Hibs, Rangers and Celtic and he is pulling the strings here.