Funso Ojo despatched off after two bookings
Final Up to date: 15/08/19 10:50pm
Ten-man Aberdeen crashed out of the Europa League within the third qualifying spherical for the fifth time in six years after being comfortably overwhelmed by Croatian facet HNK Rijeka, who received each legs of the tie 2-0.
Stjepan Loncar put the guests forward to finish a swift counter after simply 10 minutes and Antonio Colak made it two simply after the half hour.
Within the meantime, Aberdeen have been diminished to 10 males as Funso Ojo noticed pink for 2 bookings.
The Dons, boosted by the looks of Sam Cosgrove within the beginning 11 having been dominated out by supervisor Derek McInnes within the build-up to the match, began brightly however they have been shortly on the again foot.
Ojo had already gone into the guide when Maxwell Acosty’s sturdy run down the appropriate created the opening aim. His cross discovered Loncar, who turned the ball previous Joe Lewis on the close to submit.
That knocked the stuffing out of Aberdeen, and Ojo’s second reserving after simply 20 minutes noticed them diminished to 10 males and there was no approach again.
There have been encouraging indicators for the Dons – Lewis Ferguson launched into a weaving run from midfield earlier than finally dropping his footing simply earlier than the half-hour, however goalkeeper Andrej Prskalo remained untested.
The second aim, when it got here, was nearly equivalent to the primary. Acosty once more sparked the transfer with a run down the appropriate, the ball this time despatched to the again submit the place Colak headed dwelling.
Cosgrove noticed a shot blocked as the primary half got here to a detailed, and Ryan Hedges noticed a 25-yard snap-shot turned away by Prskalo, however the efficiency noticed Aberdeen booed off on the interval.
Issues didn’t get significantly better after the break. With Niall McGinn already withdrawn within the wake of Ojo’s pink card, Cosgrove lasted simply eight minutes of the second interval earlier than being changed by Curtis Principal.
But it surely was the guests who continued to look the extra threatening, with Shay Logan having to show away a teasing cross from Zoran Kvrcic, and Lewis struggling a knock in coping with the ensuing nook.
For his or her half, the guests have been blissful to sit down on their lead and the second half couldn’t have been a extra low-key affair.
Rijeka stroked the ball round comfortably with out ever actually threatening, though they gave the distinct impression they have been able to transferring up by way of the gears if required.
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