Aberdeen have exited the Europa League after a 2-0 defeat to Apollon Limassol on Thursday night, 3-2 on aggregate.
It was the Pittodrie side’s fourth time in a row that they have been knocked out in the third qualifying round of the competition, despite carrying a 2-1 lead going into the second leg.
Aberdeen went into the tie confident that they could progress, despite Limassol being a threat, but they conceded a pretty scrappy goal in the first half through Andre Schembri to level the tie over the two legs – which meant the Dons had to push forward to score the all important away goal that would have taken them through.
The home side regularly looked to waste time with their play acting, while home supporters risked the tie being abandoned after they threw a number of flares onto the pitch during the game.
The visitors never really got going and as they chased the game Limassol countered and scored a late second goal through Emilio Zelava to seal the tie and Aberdeen’s fate.
After the match, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, said: “I felt that Apollon scored with their first ball into the box, which was disappointing.
“Although they started well in terms of controlling the game, they imposed their style on us. The away goal at Pittodrie comes into play and the onus is there for us to score a goal.
“The second-half was better in terms of getting on the ball and they were hanging on at the end, which says something considering we are not used to playing in this heat.
“We had good chances to get the away goal ourselves and it was a wasted opportunity for us.
“There are fine margins at times, but we were good enough in the second half to get opportunities but didn’t take them.”
After the final whistle there was fighting between Aberdeen supporters, stewards and Police in the away end.
Fighting between stewards and Aberdeen supporters. pic.twitter.com/dlYHqUwI46
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Aberdeen’s exit from Europe now means that Celtic are the sole representatives of Scottish football on the continent remaining this season.