Jul 28, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ​Pittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen
1-1
Maribor
Hayes (88')
Hayes (31'), Rooney (93')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Novakovic (83')
Kabha (25'), Vrhovec (67'), Bohar (91'), Tavares (94')

Result: Aberdeen draw at home to Maribor

Result: Aberdeen draw at home to Maribor
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Aberdeen and Maribor play out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round clash in Scotland on Thursday night.

Aberdeen and Slovenian outfit Maribor played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round clash in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Maribor took the lead through Milivoje Novakovic in the 83rd minute of action, but Jonathan Hayes levelled the scores two minutes from time to leave the tie delicately poised ahead of the return match in Slovenia next week.

The Scottish outfit made a fast start on home soil and had three half-chances inside the first four minutes, but Jayden Stockley failed to connect on two dangerous crosses, before Niall McGinn went close with a volley.

Adam Rooney was next to come close for Aberdeen in the 11th minute after pouncing on a defensive mistake, but Jasmin Handanovic was down to make a smart save and keep the two teams on terms.

Maribor had a golden chance of their own in the 17th minute when Marwan Kabha found himself unmarked inside the home side's box, but the midfielder fired over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Hayes came close to sending Aberdeen ahead just past the hour after firing one towards the bottom corner, but his effort just missed the post, before Kenny McLean fired high and wide 15 minutes from time.

Aberdeen did have the ball in the back of the net in the 80th minute when Rooney converted after smart work from McGinn, only for the linesman to wave his flag and rule it out.

It went from bad to worse for the home side three minutes later when Novakovic drilled a long-range effort past Joe Lewis to hand Maribor an advantage, but Aberdeen levelled in the 88th minute when Hayes found the back of the net after smart work from Rooney.

A general view of inside Pittodrie Stadium before the Scottish Premiere League match between Aberdeen FC and Motherwell FC at Pittodrie Stadium on May 11, 2014
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