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Aberdeen stand firm

Published: Tuesday 17 September 2002, 22.00CET
Aberdeen FC 0-0 Hertha BSC Berlin Aberdeen contain German giants at Pittodrie.
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Published: Tuesday 17 September 2002, 22.00CET

Aberdeen stand firm

Aberdeen FC 0-0 Hertha BSC Berlin Aberdeen contain German giants at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen FC 0-0 Hertha BSC Berlin
Aberdeen FC turned in a battling display against highly-fancied German opponents Hertha BSC Berlin but failed to grasp a first-leg advantage their possession deserved at Pittodrie.

Scottish spirit
Ebbe Skovdahl's side entered the match as massive underdogs but belied their status with a spirited show against the 1. Bundesliga outfit. Hertha, who arrived in the north of Scotland without ten first-team regulars, displayed supreme battling qualities to register an excellent goalless draw, particularly as Derek Young, Russell Anderson and Darren Mackie all had decent opportunities to break the deadlock in the closing 15 minutes as the Scottish side pressed in search of what would have proved a decisive goal.

Djaffo denied
Much of the first half was a tense affair. Indeed, Aberdeen had to wait until the 39th minute to create a scoring chance worthy of the name when Kevin McNaughton's precise pass sent Mackie racing clear on the right. The youngster's deep cross was headed towards the bottom corner by Laurent Djaffo but Hertha goalkeeper Gábor Kiraly made a superb diving save. His opposite number, Peter Kjaer, had very little to do in the opening 45 minutes, coping easily with weak headers from Luizão and Eyjölfur Sverrisson.

Hertha improve
Hertha improved markedly after the interval. Luizão headed just over minutes after the resumption, while Marcelinho also drove narrowly wide of target. As the German side tried to move into top gear, chances were fashioned at either end in the last quarter of the contest. Brothers Darren and Derek Young had two of the better ones, yet both shot straight at Kiraly when well placed in the penalty area.

Visitors denied
At the other end, Andreas Neuendorf thought he had won the game for Hertha with a low drive which trickled into the net with 20 minutes remaining, but his effort was disallowed because Marcelinho fouled Phil Maguire as he attempted to clear the ball before it crossed the line. In the end, however, both defences stood firm, setting up an intriguing second leg in Berlin.

Last updated: 17/09/02 22.12CET

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Lineups

aberdeen

Aberdeen

hertha

Hertha

1
KjærPeter Kjær
1
KirályGábor Király
2
McNaughtonKevin McNaughton
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
McAllisterJames McAllister
Substitution74
6
SverrissonEyjölfur Sverrisson (C)
5
AndersonRussell Anderson
Yellow Card79
8
GoorBart Goor
6
McGuirePhilip McGuire
9
LuizãoLuizão
Yellow Card80
7
BiscontiRoberto Bisconti
10
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
8
YoungDarren Young (C)
18
DárdaiPál Dárdai
10
YoungDerek Young
Yellow Card55
Substitution82
20
NeuendorfAndreas Neuendorf
Yellow Card34
Substitution88
11
MackieDarren Mackie
Substitution69
21
HartmannMichael Hartmann
18
DeloumeauxEric Deloumeaux
23
TretschokRené Tretschok
Substitution63
19
DjaffoLaurent Djaffo
39
MadlungAlexander Madlung

Substitutes

30
PreeceDavid Preece
12
FiedlerChristian Fiedler
9
MikeLeon Mike
Substitution82
13
KarwanBartosz Karwan
14
ClarkChris Clark
16
Roberto PintoRoberto Pinto
20
FabianoNicolas Fabiano
Substitution74
24
RafaelNando Rafael
22
MichieScott Michie
Substitution69
25
MaasRob Maas
24
PayneStephen Payne
27
MladenovAlexander Mladenov
Substitution88
25
BillioPatrizio Billio
32
MarxThorben Marx
Substitution63

Coach

Ebbe Skovdahl (DEN)

Referee

Victor José Esquinas Torres (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), José Pedro Mendoza Castellano (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Megia Davila (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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