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Aberdeen take slender lead

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.47CET
Aberdeen FC 1-0 FC Nistru Otaci Darren McKie goal gives Scots victory over Moldovans.

Match statistics

AberdeenNistru

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.47CET

Aberdeen take slender lead

Aberdeen FC 1-0 FC Nistru Otaci Darren McKie goal gives Scots victory over Moldovans.

Aberdeen FC 1-0 FC Nistru Otaci
Scottish side Aberdeen FC were made to work to earn a single-goal victory against Moldova's FC Nistru Otacin in their UEFA Cup qualifying round first-leg match at Pittordrie.

McKie header
The home side found difficulty in breaking down a well-organised defensive unit, and it took a second-half header from striker Darren McKie to finally break the Moldovan resistance.

Hopes still alive
But Nistru must strongly fancy their chances of creating an upset against the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners in the second leg. The visitors looked dangerous throughout and they almost made an 18th-minute breakthrough when Serghei Pogreban just failed to connect with Lilian Popescu's cross.

Young cross
For the home side, Chris Clark twice came close to breaking the deadlock in a nervous first half for the Scottish team. But Aberdeen did take the lead in the 59th minute when McKie headed in an excellent cross from Derek Young at the near post. Nistru could have grabbed a deserved equaliser four minutes before the end, but substitute Serhiy Yanchuc was just unable to fully connect with Serhiy Lashchenkov's cross.

’Happy with the lead’
Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl acknowledged that his side had been fortunate to escape with a narrow victory, saying after the game: "It was as difficult as I thought it would be. The way the game went, we should be happy with the lead. They showed they are a decent side with some physical elements and they showed they had a good technique. I would have preferred a bigger lead but 1-0 is better than 2-1."

Last updated: 16/08/02 1.47CET

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Lineups

aberdeen

Aberdeen

nistru

Nistru

1
KjærPeter Kjær
1
DinovSerghei Dinov
2
McNaughtonKevin McNaughton
2
LupascoValentin Lupasco
Substitution88
5
AndersonRussell Anderson
3
LaşcencovSerghei Laşcencov
Yellow Card30
6
McGuirePhilip McGuire
4
KovalkovLeonid Kovalkov
7
BiscontiRoberto Bisconti
5
PidhayetskyyAnatoliy Pidhayetskyy
8
YoungDarren Young (C)
14
BursucIulian Bursuc
10
YoungDerek Young
7
PopescuLilian Popescu
Substitution66
11
MackieDarren Mackie
Goal59
17
PogrebanSerghei Pogreban
14
ClarkChris Clark
Yellow Card43
Substitution65
18
GroshevYuriy Groshev
18
DeloumeauxEric Deloumeaux
11
BlajcoAlexandr Blajco
Substitution75
19
DjaffoLaurent Djaffo
Substitution57
20
MincevNicolai Mincev (C)

Substitutes

30
PreeceDavid Preece
12
BuneaNicolae Bunea
3
McAllisterJames McAllister
Substitution65
Yellow Card87
8
KopystyanskyyMykola Kopystyanskyy
Substitution66
4
TiernanFergus Tiernan
10
YanchukSerhiy Yanchuk
Substitution75
9
MikeLeon Mike
Substitution57
Yellow Card83
15
StarovykVitaliy Starovyk
16
O'DonoghueRoss O'Donoghue
16
MatiuraAndrei Matiura
Substitution88
22
MichieScott Michie
19
MalitskyyOlexandr Malitskyy
24
PayneStephen Payne

Coach

Ebbe Skovdahl (DEN) Alexandr Matiura (MDA)

Referee

Tonny Kolbech Poulsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jens Larsen (DEN), Lars Nordlund (DEN)

Fourth official

Johnny Røn (DEN)

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