Aberdeen faced Rijeka in their third round Europa League qualifier. They suffered a 2-0 defeat, giving the Dons a mountain to climb in the second leg.
It was goalless at the break, with a decent defensive performance frustrating their Croatian hosts. Shay Logan gave away a silly penalty, which Antonio-Mirko Colak converted. Robert Muric netted the killer second late on.
Aberdeen’s hopes of European progression have taken a knock. They’ll need to come and attack the game from the off at Pittodrie.
Here’s how we rated Derek McInnes’ side’s individual performances.
Joe Lewis- 8
Lewis had to be alert to danger. He made a decent save to keep it goalless just before the half hour mark.
Had a few things to handle outwith that and did well with anything that came his way. Couldn’t do anything about either goal.
Shay Logan- 4
Tried to get himself forward as often as he could but was penned back by the Rijeka left flank most of the game.
Logan gave away a needless penalty that lead to Rijeka getting in front. He’ll know he was responsible for the spot kick and will rue his mistake. Someone with his experience should know better.
Scott McKenna- 7
Dealt with most things the Croatians threw at him. For all the speculation around his future, he didn’t let it affect his performance. For that, McKenna deserves credit.
Andy Considine- 7
Showed positional awareness and experience throughout this tie. For not being a natural centre-back, Considine performed well in the role. Made several important blocks and tackles.
Greg Leigh- 8
Another excellent match for the summer recruit. Rijeka didn’t cause much damage from the right due to Leigh’s shrewd defensive work. The left-back even made some impressive attacking runs where possible.
Lewis Ferguson- 6
On his 50th appearance for Aberdeen, Ferguson was his usual self. He made a few slack passes but overall his energetic pressing and tackling caused Rijeka problems.
Funso Ojo- 6
A quiet night for the Belgian. Didn’t do anything wrong, but didn’t do much to impact the game either. A few poor passes were made up for with some decent tackles.
Overall though it was a quiet night for him.
Ryan Hedges- 6
Was lively in the first 30 minutes or so before going quiet for a period after this. Wasn’t given enough of the ball to make an impact.
Niall McGinn- 5
McGinn had his chances limited out on the left flank.
Whilst he did track back to help Leigh at left-back, he did next to nothing going forward. He’ll have hoped to have made a bigger impact. McGinn did put in a tiresome shift though.
Jon Gallagher- 6
Was tasked with helping the forward line press the Rijeka defence, whilst also tracking back to help his own backline.
Gallagher put in an energetic performance and tried to drive Aberdeen on from various areas of the park. Wasn’t able to put his stamp on the game technically though. Hooked after 76 minutes.
Sam Cosgrove- 6
He had netted eight times in five games before this clash, but couldn’t score this time around. Cosgrove was starved of service, struggling to make an impact going forward.
McInnes’ man of the moment made up for that though by tracking back to help the defence. He made some decent tackles, but wasn’t given the opportunity to do what he does best.
Dean Campbell- 4
Made an appearance from the bench deep into the second half. Should have been closer to Muric for the second goal.
Scott Wright- 4
Replaced McGinn with just under 15 minutes to go. Didn’t see much of the ball.
Curtis Main- N/A
McInnes went for two up top in the final couple of minutes. Wasn’t on the park for long enough to make an effective contribution.