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First qualifying round, Second leg

Daugava Rīga - Aberdeen
0-3
Aggregate: 0-8
 

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Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test

Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.20CET
"He is always looking to test himself," said manager Derek McInnes after Adam Rooney scored Aberdeen FC's first UEFA hat-trick in 30 years in a 3-0 win in Latvia.
by Alex O'Henley
Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test
Adam Rooney celebrates a goal in Riga ©Roman Koksharov
 

Match statistics

Daugava Rīga
Aberdeen

0

Goals scored

3

9

Total attempts

8

3

on target

5

4

off target

3

2

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

5

1

Offsides

6

0

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

11

11

Fouls suffered

15

Lineups

daugava riga

Daugava Riga

aberdeen

Aberdeen

67Krumiņš (GK)1Langfield (GK)
4Solovich2Logan
5Ribokas
62
3Considine
7Savenas (C)5Taylor
8Kačanovs6Reynolds (C)
9Blanks
66
8Flood
12Tomkevičius9Rooney
22
40
45
20Abdelaziz10McGinn
80
26Mendy11Hayes
62
27Knapšis15Robson
80
99Vitor Flora
55
22Jack

Substitutes

1Ozols (GK)20Brown (GK)
11Apiņš4Anderson
17Vītolnieks
62
14Smith
62
21Joksts18Low
80
22Karkliņš
55
21Shaughnessy
23Markevičius
66
25Shankland
33Borovskij39Wright
80

Coaches

Armands Zeiberlinš (LVA) Derek Mcinnes (SCO)

Referee

Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)

Press kits

Standings

 
  
Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.20CET

Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test

"He is always looking to test himself," said manager Derek McInnes after Adam Rooney scored Aberdeen FC's first UEFA hat-trick in 30 years in a 3-0 win in Latvia.

Aberdeen FC striker Adam Rooney scored the first hat-trick of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League campaign in the 3-0 away victory over FK Daugava Rīga and is so doing became the only Dons player to score a treble in Europe for 30 years.

The 26-year-old's strikes on 22, 40 and 45 minutes in the Latvian capital gave the Dons a comfortable 8-0 aggregate win in their first round qualifying tie. The Republic of Ireland striker's feat also echoed that of Mark McGhee – the last player to score a hat-trick for Aberdeen, against Újpest FC in the quarter-final of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

"I am sure Adam will know that statistic because he is always looking to test himself," said Dons manager Derek McInnes. " I thought the three goals were excellent and well worked. It was very clinical from Adam. They were real good finishes and two of them were top quality.

"He got two in the first leg, so he's off to a good start. Strikers thrive on that confidence. He likes to go between the penalty spot and the goal and if you put the ball in those areas that is where he is comfortable. Adam makes good runs across people and he anticipates well especially when defenders are flat-footed. He thrives off good service and he got that."

The Dons now face Dutch side FC Groningen in the second qualifying round with the first leg at Pittodrie next Thursday. McInnes knows they will face a much tougher task against the Eredivisie outfit.

"We have to get our heads on the Groningen game now," he added. "They have a bit of pace and presence, playing a similar system to ourselves. It will be a good test for us, but it will be a good test for them as well because we've got better as we've gone along.

"Hopefully, we will be good enough to get through and will be one to look forward to. Groningen are a bit behind us in terms of competitive matches, but we are up and running. The advantage Daugava had over us, we will have that slight advantage over Groningen. It is good to get competitve football now and we will certainly need to be competitive in the games against Groningen."

Last updated: 11/07/14 16.11CET

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