Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes believes that his side can still reach the Europa League play-off round, even though his side are up against.

The Dons lost 2-0 to Rijeka in the first leg of the third qualifying round tie. The Pittodrie side now head back to Scotland for the second leg, needing a bit of a miracle to stay in the competition.

However, McInnes hasn’t given up on the tie just yet.

“Clearly it’s not ideal being 2-0 down but if the roles were reserves we would think it
 was still alive” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

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“We are not out of the tie”

“A lot of things have to go our way next week, but we are not out of the tie. If we get an early goal then it’s game on.”

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If Aberdeen are to pull off an unlikely comeback, they will need to cut out the errors which blighted their game in the first leg.

Early goal will be vital

The penalty Aberdeen gave away to allow Rijeka to go 1-0 up was a comedy of errors. However, as McInnes says, if the Dons get an early goal then they are right back in the game.

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Aberdeen didn’t really create enough chances in the first leg. They will be looking to rectify that in the second leg. Should Sam Cosgrove replicate the form he has shown so far this season, then the Dons will have a chance over creating a legendary European night.

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