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Jul 9, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Pittodrie Stadium

Result: Aberdeen hold on against Shkendija to keep Europa League adventure alive

Aberdeen book their place in the second round of qualifying for the Europa League, courtesy of a 1-1 away-goals win over Shkendija.

Aberdeen have held Shkendija to a goalless draw at Pittodrie Stadium to continue their Europa League adventure.

Sitting on a one-goal lead from last week's first leg, Derek McInnes's men had to ride their luck late on in order to set up a meeting with Croatian outfit Rijeka in the second qualification round.

The first real opening of the game fell the way of Armend Alimi, who was unable to guide his effort on target after a smart piece of build-up play.

Both sides enjoyed spells on the ball, but chances proved to be few and far between as the scoreline remained locked following the first leg in Macedonia.

Adam Rooney felt that he should have been awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the first half after being brought down, but the referee was quick to wave play on.

Aberdeen continued to press through Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean, each of whom failed to show the true quality needed to find a way through.

Only a fine challenge denied McLean racing through on goal, although Shkendija were also creating opportunities of their own as Alimi troubled Danny Ward between the sticks.

The Dons looked to have won it with 10 minutes remaining when Peter Pawlett's dipping shot from range was only kept out by the crossbar, before Blagoja Todorovski squandered a double chance up the other end.

All the pressure was on the visitors to find a late goal, however, and they very nearly did so when Agim Ibraimi got a shot away at goal, but Ward was equal to the effort to ensure that the hosts moved a step closer to the group stages.

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Adam Rooney of Aberdeen FC reacts during the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying first leg match between Real Sociedad and Aberdeen FC at Estadio Anoeta on July 31, 2014
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