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BBC Scotland's Gabriel Egan
"Bohemians made history tonight"
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Thursday, 24 August, 2000, 21:40 GMT 22:40 UK
Irish sighs for Aberdeen
Hicham Zerouali came close to breaking the deadlock
Hicham Zerouali came close to breaking the deadlock
Bohemians 0-1 Aberdeen (agg: 2-2 )

Aberdeen became the only Scottish side to lose to Irish opposition in European competition as they lost out on away goals to Bohemians.

A 1-0 win for the Dons was not enough after the embarrassing 2-1 home defeat two weeks ago.

Aberdeen huffed and puffed all night but rarely threatened. Indeed, the only goal of the game came courtesy of a strange own goal.

Aberdeen had a mountain to climb and they wasted no time, taking the initiative after two minutes.

Paul Bernard's long ball found Cato Guntveit at the corner flag and his cross was just held by Wayne Russell before Robbie Winters could attack at the far post.

Awkwardly flicked

A minute later Andy Dow crossed into the area for Hicham Zerouali but the Moroccan striker awkwardly flicked the ball over the crossbar.

The Dons hitman was threatening again after nine minutes when he went on a magnificent solo run, beating two Bohs defenders before unleashing a rasping shot from 25 yards but his drive was inches over.

Backed by 2,000 noisy travelling fans, Aberdeen were looking the side more likely to score as Bohemians struggled to create an opening in front of the Dons goal.

In a desperate bid to halt Aberdeen's efforts in front of goal, Kevin Hunt was lucky to escape a yellow card when he hauled down youngster Kevin McNaughton on the edge of the box after 25 minutes.

Golden opportunity

A minute later Guntveit missed a golden opportunity to give Aberdeen the goal they had been pressing so hard for when he found himself with the ball at his feet in front of goal but sent the volley flying over the crossbar.

Six minutes before the break Hunt was again guilty of fouling McNaughton, and this time referee Leif Sunvell had no choice but to add his name to the book.

After 41 minutes, Bohemians' Darren O'Keefe joined Hunt on a yellow card for a challenge on Dow and then he had to leave the field for a few minutes after appearing to take a knock on the ankle.

Red card

O'Keeffe returned but immediately came to the attention of the referee once again for another challenge on Dow, and Bohemians found themselves down to 10 men as Sunvell produced the red card.

The Scottish side appeared to run out of ideas as the second half progressed.

Despite a man advantage and dominating possession, Aberdeen rarely troubled the Bohemians defence.

Just when it looked like Aberdeen had run out of ideas, their hosts handed them a life-line with a bizarre own goal.

With 20 minutes remaining, Winters was meandering goalward without any real intent, but defender David Morrsion intervened to prod the ball off the striker's toes.

Watched in horror

Morrison then watched in horror as the ball scooted past his own keeper and into the corner of the net from 20 yards out.

Aberdeen hurled everyone forward in the closing stages and almost snatched a winner at the death when substitute Kevin Rutkiewicz fired in a wonderful shot which Russell acrobatically tipped over.

Mackie hooked the ball over the bar from the resulting corner and Aberdeen's last chance was gone.

Bohemians: Russell, Bowman, S. Maher, Hill, Webb, Morrison, O'Keefe, Hunt, Caffrey, M. Dempsey, Molloy.

Subs: Brough, O'Neill, O'Connor, Williamson, O'Brien, Doyle, M. Dempsey.

Aberdeen: Esson, Rowson, Whyte, McGuire, McNaughton, Guntveit, Bernard, D. Young, Dow, Zerouali, Winters.

Subs: Preece, McAllister, Belabed, Mackie, Perry, Rutkiewicz, Inglis.

Referee: Leif Sunvell (Sweden)

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