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Wednesday, 26 January, 2000, 22:07 GMT
Dons leave it late




Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell

A dramatic injury-time equaliser from substitute Hicham Zerouali saved Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday.

The Moroccan picked up a loose ball 20 yards out and rifled a shot beyond Motherwell goalkeeper Andy Goram to grab a share of the points.

John Spencer gave the visitors the lead after 21 minutes and they dominated the match for long spells.

The visitors had a scare after just three minutes when Corrigan tried to play the ball back to Goram.

But his effort was woefully short and Goram was forced to scramble the ball away as Winters threatened.

Motherwell made the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Kevin Twaddle got behind Thomas Solberg down the left.

Twaddle's cross was met perfectly by Spencer, who drove the ball beyond Leighton after racing into the box.

It was Twaddle's last act in the game as he injured himself when he tumbled into the advertising boards and was replaced by Pat Nevin.

Test of character

Aberdeen were facing a test of character in the last 45 minutes after Skovdahl accused them of under-achieving against Rangers.

But Motherwell almost added a second three minutes after the break when McCulloch turned quickly only to fire wide of the target.

Aberdeen rallied and former Scotland keeper Goram made a superb block from Eoin Jess after Winters had carved out the opening.

Skovdahl decided to shake things up and brought on Zerouali for Winters in the 56th minute.

The skilful Moroccan drove in a fierce cross which had Motherwell all at sea but Stavrum could not make the vital connection.

Motherwell knew victory would take them into third place and were looking comfortable as the game entered the final stages.

Aberdeen should have pulled level with seven minutes to go but Stavrum's finish was wasteful.

He drifted into the box to get on the end of a free-kick from Dow but only succeeded in heading over the top in a good position.

But Zerouli made amends by grabbing a dramatic equaliser two minutes into injury time when his snap shot from 20 yards deceived Goram.

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