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Live Reporting

Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Scotland are out of Euro 2017, but Celtic and Aberdeen head fly out next week for their respective second legs with hope of progress in Europe.

    Join us for more live coverage of what should be an exciting climax to the group stage of the Scottish League Cup on Saturday.

    Graeme Shinnie celebrates his winning goal
    Image caption: Graeme Shinnie scored Aberdeen's winning goal
  2. Scotland's tearful exit Euro 2017

    FT: Scotland Women 2-1 Spain Women

    Anna Signeul's side exited Euro 2017 in typically Scottish fashion. You can read Andrew Southwick's report of the win over Spain that was not quite enough for them to qualify.

  3. 'We go there with confidence' - McInnes

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Derek McInnes is optimistic about his Aberdeen side's chances of going through against Apollon and reaching the play-off stage.

    "We go over there with desire and confidence that we can get the result we want," he said.

    "I think we can always score regardless of the opposition.

    "We have to be ready for them to have more possession than they did tonight and we have to be ready for the hot temperatures.

    "But we have got results away from home - and in hot temperatures.

    "It could have been more, but we'll take the 2-1 and see if we can finish the job next week."

  4. McInnes praises 'terrific' Dons

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is satisfied with the narrow lead against Apollon.

    "Naturally very pleased," he told BBC Scotland. "I thought we were terrific at times.

    "The quality and intensity at the start was excellent, but we knew we would not be able to play like that for 90 minutes.

    "They made changes at the break and were more on the front foot and I was just about to make a change when we conceded.

    "But the response was very good and what a fantastic goal from Graeme Shinnie to win the game for us. A goal of real quality.

    "It was no more than we deserved. I always felt we would have to score more than once to win the game."

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes salutes the Dons fans
  5. Dons take advantage to Cyprus

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    You can now read Scott Davie's impressions of Aberdeen's victory over Apollon.

    Meanwhile, we are waiting to hear from Dons boss Derek McInnes.

    Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol


    Graeme Shinnie's outstanding long-range effort gives Aberdeen first-leg lead over 10-man Cypriot side.

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  6. Get Involved

    #bbcsportscot and

    A man who made his name from famous European nights at Pittodrie, former midfielder Neil Simpson believes Aberdeen have given themselves a great chance of progressing to the play-off round.

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  7. Post update

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Aberdeen have the advantage in the tie, but Apollon have the away goal.

    It is going to be a nervous 90 minutes ahead in the evening heat of Cyprus next Thursday.

    But Derek McInnes side travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the last round without a lead and still emerged victorious. They will be looking to repeat the exercise.

  8. Post update

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Apollon took over after the first 20 minutes and there was only going to be one winner until the sending off. Before then, I thought Aberdeen were going to buckle, but they didn't and Graeme Shinnie steps up to the plate. You need that kind of player
    Aberdeen celebrate the winner from Graeme Shinnie (centre)
    Image caption: Graeme Shinnie (centre) scored Aberdeen's winning goal
  9. Post update

    FT: Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Quote Message: Apollon are a good outfit and it was another great game. But they should have been down to 10 men in the first half from Paul Hartley Former Dons midfielder on BBC Radio Scotland
    Paul HartleyFormer Dons midfielder on BBC Radio Scotland
  10. FULL-TIME Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    So Aberdeen take a narrow lead with them to Cyprus.

    Esteban Sachetti's second-half red card was the turning point as it came just as Apollon had equalised and looked the more likely to add a second.

    Graeme Shinnie added his own superb finish to Ryan Christie's early opener, but the Dons will need to repeat their recent fine away form in Europe to keep at bay a quality opponent in the second leg.

  11. FULL-TIME Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

    Scotland exit Euro 2017

    Anna Signeul's reign as Scotland Women manager comes to an end in bitter-sweet fashion.

    Her side beat Spain thanks to Caroline Weir's strike just before half-time.

    Both sides squandered chances after the break, but Spain still go through to the next round as they qualify behind England thanks to Portugal's 2-1 defeat by the Auld Enemy.

    So Signeul, having led Scotland to their first major finals, secures their first win at this level only to lose out by one goal. A typically Scottish exit.

  12. CLOSE!

    Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Jayden Stockley has a chance to give the Dons a two-goal cushion heading to Cyprus, but the striker heads wide. He should have hit the target.

  13. Post update

    Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    We are nearing stoppage time at Pittodrie. Who will be happier with a 2-1 scoreline?

  14. Scots need a late goal

    Scotland Women 1-0 Spain Women

    Meanwhile, in Netherlands, Scotland needing a goal in the final four minutes if they are to qualify from their group at Euro 2017.

    They remain 1-0 ahead while England are doing their bit by leading 2-1 over Portugal.

  15. Post update

    Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Jander equalised for Apollon, but they are hanging on now, down to 10 men and a goal behind again after that superb Graeme Shinnie strike.

    Jander scores for Apollon at Pittodrie
    Image caption: Jander scored the equaliser for Apollon at Pittodrie
  16. Post update

    Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Coach Sofronos Avgousti was earlier sent to the stand for encroaching on to the pitch and from his position i the stand orders a change.

    He brings on club captain Giorgos Vasiliou, with the more attacking Spaniard Adrian Sardinero making way in midfield.

  17. GOAL Aberdeen 2-1 Apollon Limassol

    Graeme Shinnie

    What a strike. Graeme Shinnie will not score a better goal than that.

    Aberdeen are back in front just as Apollon looked to have killed the game despite being down to 10 men.

    The defence stand off Shinnie and the midfielder rifles it into the far corner of the net from 25 yards.

  18. CLOSE!

    Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

    Greg Stewart drags a shot wide as the Dons look to take advantage.

    By the way, young Scott Wright had replaced Mark Reynolds. a winger for a defender, so a positive move from manager Derek McInnes.

  19. RED CARD - Goodbye Sachetti too!

    Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

    Esteban Sachetti, the Argentine midfielder, was fortunate to escape a red card in the first half and there's no hiding place for him this time as he wipes out Ryan Christie as the midfielder weaves past and leaves the on-loan Celtic man with a bust lip.

  20. Goodbye Schembri

    Aberdeen 1-1 Apollon Limassol

    Andre Schembri, the Malta striker who arrived from Boavista this summer and scored twice in the previous round, has had a quiet night and is replaced with Alef.

    Coach Sofronis Avgousti will be hoping the change works as well as his half-time switch, with Antonio Jakolis, who signed on Monday on loan from Steau Bucharest, having made a difference for Apollon with his wing play.