So there we have it - Aberdeen know they need to score in Bosnia next Thursday to have any hope of reaching the third round of the Europa League qualifiers. A further week's training for the new players can only help Aberdeen but we must surely assume that Siroki, too, will be better with seven days' further preparation. Thanks for your company. Please join us tomorrow for live coverage of Linfield v Celtic, which kicks off at 5pm. Good night.
- Markovic levels with fierce shot
- Ryan Christie opens scoring with curling strike
- Mackay-Steven close to a second goal for Dons
- Starting debuts for Mackay-Steven and Tansey
More from Derek McInnes: "I still believe that we can get through the tie. Tactically they were good tonight and they may well think that the job's done. Even though we weren't anywhere near our best we had chances. The game is still in the balance. We can only improve. How much better they can be remains to be seen. We will be more than ready to try to get ourselves through the tie. It [the goal] was real individual brilliance, running at the centre-backs. We've got that quality, we just didn't show it enough tonight. We are comfortable going anywhere. We have beaten better teams on the road before."
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "I thought they were well worthy of the draw. We had one or two chances to get that second goal. In the first half we rattled them and had the energy to press. But they got confidence from their shape, tactically. They were better than us tonight. We've got minutes in the bag now, we always get stronger as we go through the rounds. There is no doubt that we can score over there. Understandably a lot of the players weren't quite there tonight. Hopefully we can get the positive result we want, because it's only half time in the tie."
We're just waiting to hear what Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has to say about the match and his team's prospects for next week's return leg.
The Bosnian club's players salute their fans at the end of their draw in Aberdeen.Copyright: SNS
- Quote Message: There are no easy games now in Europe. Aberdeen will get better. They have real quality from Paul Hartley Former Aberdeen midfielder
Mark Reynolds trudges off behind fellow Aberdeen defender Andy Considine, well aware of the challenge facing them next week in the heat in Bosnia.Copyright: SNS
- Quote Message: I think a draw was right. Neither of the teams could make a case that they should have won. It's a really tough task for Aberdeen to go over there and win. I thought it was a really good game of football. What it tells you, if they were seventh in the league, is the standard of the Bosnian league must be high from Willie Miller Former Aberdeen manager
So, the Dons need a big result in Bosnia next week if they are to reach the third round of Europa League qualifying for the fourth successive year.
Aberdeen have managed five European away wins in the last three seasons, can they do it again?
Siroki Brijeg finished in the bottom half of their league last season but they are very useful at home, with a record of just two defeats in their last 31 at the Pecara Stadium.
Well, Aberdeen will at least be in tomorrow afternoon's Europa League third round draw but it's not the result manager Derek McInnes, the players or fans would have been hoping for.
The Dons were odds on to progress on the back of a six game unbeaten home run in Europe while Siroki Brijeg had won just once in their last nine away ties and went out to Birkirkara of Malta last season.
What do the bookies know, eh?
- Quote Message: It's been a really good game of football. The visitors have put a lot into this game and Aberdeen maybe haven't been at their best but you've got to understand that, so many changes so early in the season from Willie Miller Former Aberdeen captain
There are four minutes of injury time to be played.
Miles Storey comes on for fellow striker Adam Rooney. Aberdeen need a goal but not so much, with a second leg to come, that it's worth risking conceding a second away goal. Hmm.
Luka Menalo fouls Ryan Christie and the Dons have a free-kick about 30 yards from the Bosnians' goal. ..Ah, but Christie's lofted delivery from the set-piece is mopped up by Luka Bilobrk as he comes off his goal-line to gather.
Ivan Krstanovic has a shot blocked by Shay Logan, who works well with Greg Stewart to take the game to the Bosnians. However, the move breaks down. The Dons need to play the game in their opponents' half to give themselves some sort of cushion ahead of next Thursday's return leg.
Quick update: Progres Niederkorn and FK Trakai suffered single-goal defeats this evening in the first leg of their matches against AEL Limassol and IFK Norrkoping respectively.
Come on, Aberdeen, Scottish football needs a lift...in mid-July.
The vast majority of the 17,067 fans inside Pittodrie will be desperate to see Aberdeen score another goal or two in the remaining 14 minutes.
Just before that substitution Aberdeen had a chance through the other sub, Nicky Maynard, who headed wide from Ryan Christie's delivery.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes makes his second change, with forward Greg Stewart making his competitive debut as midfielder Kenny McLean goes off.