sport news Aberdeen 5-1 BK Hacken: Scottish side on verge of qualifying for Conference ...

sport news Aberdeen 5-1 BK Hacken: Scottish side on verge of qualifying for Conference ...
sport news Aberdeen 5-1 BK Hacken: Scottish side on verge of qualifying for Conference ...

Gotenburg was the end point in Aberdeen's most famous continental adventure of all as Real Madrid were beaten by Alex Ferguson's side to lift the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Thirteen years on from the Dons last gracing a European group stage under Jimmy Calderwood, the Red Army are hoping the Swedish city, home to BK Hacken, is the start point of a fresh and exciting odyssey.

Their beloved Dons take a thumping lead over to the Hisingen Arena after a five-star performance in the first leg of this second round qualifier in the inaugural Europa Conference League.

Hibernian take a thumping lead over to the Hisingen Arena after a five-star performance against BK Hacken

Hibernian take a thumping lead over to the Hisingen Arena after a five-star performance against BK Hacken

On the night when fans were finally allowed back into Pittodrie after 16 months of being locked out during the pandemic, how the 5,665 supporters roared Stephen Glass' side to victory.

Each goal briefly threatened to rip the roof off Pittodrie, from Andy Considine's close-range header to Lewis Ferguson's penalty kick and late efforts from new signing Christian Ramirez and substitute Connor McLennan.

But the noise that greeted Ferguson's second - a 30-yard-screamer - was the loudest of all before a goal from Hacken dangerman Alexander Jeremejeff briefly silenced Pittodrie.

It was not all sweetness and light from the Red Army on a fine night in the Granite City.

Andy Considine (front) grabbed the opener at Pittodrie with a close-range header

Andy Considine (front) grabbed the opener at Pittodrie with a close-range header

Before kick off, a smattering of boos greeted the announcement of Aberdeen's new captain, Scott Brown, which were soon drowned out by cheers.

The former Celtic talisman has vowed to win over his detractors by showing the same winning qualities that saw him lift 22 pieces of silverware in 14 years at Celtic Park.

This was a very decent debut from the 36-year-old after an admittedly slow start. Brown's first involvement saw him give the ball away with a risky pass out of defence.

It took an important block by Considine to stop Leo Bengtssen striking a shot on target.

Considine was then booked for bringing down Ali Youssef at the edge of the box as Aberdeen's early jitters continued but the Dons soon grew into the match.

Lewis Ferguson then netted a penalty to double the lead in the Europa Conference League second round first leg

Lewis Ferguson then netted a penalty to double the lead in the Europa Conference League second round first leg

They had their first shot when Ryan Hedges set up Ferguson at the edge of the box but his attempt flew high over the Hacken bar.

Ferguson then came close to opening the scoring with another effort from range but this time his 22 yard strike rattled the outside of the left post with Peter Abrahamsson beaten. Ferguson's time would come and how.

By now, Aberdeen were fully in control and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - known

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