Decent Effort As Dons Exit Europe Following Loss Against Sporting

Aberdeen’s run in Europe is over after a slim defeat to Sporting Clube de Portugal  in Lisbon this evening.

Whilst there was hope that Sporting’s build up to the match may have helped the Dons, due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the club, there was more than enough experience in their ranks to see this one through.

Nine players and their manager Ruben Amorim were ruled out for the match and were self-isolating.

Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that lost to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Shay Logan, Tommie Hoban and Dylan McGeouch were brought into the starting eleven.

And it was early in the first half, when Tiago Tomás scored the one and only goal of the game, after he burst past Andy Considine before hitting a 12 yard drive beyond Joe Lewis.

It was an ominous sign that the Dons conceded an early goal.

However, the Dons didn’t panic, and our opening chance came in the 13th minute when Dylan McGeouch curled a shot that keeper Adan pushed over.  Ash Taylor rose to meet the header but his effort went straight at the keeper.

Ryan Hedges went close after picking up a ball behind defence from Marley Watkins in the 35th minute, but he was short of connecting with the ball.

Aberdeen were close to going two behind, after Tomás was left unmarked 12 yards out, but his header went wide.

Jonny Hayes had a chance just over the hour mark, rushing down the left but he blasted his shot wide and high of goal.

Joe Lewis was quick off the mark to save from Cabral in the 77th minute.

Aberdene continued to calmly ply on and Hedges’ low drive from the edge of the penalty area was deflected off Coates and was nearly picked up by Watkins with goal in waiting.

The Dons nearly levelled in the 86th minute when Scott Wright found Hedges with a through ball, but Hedges sliced his left footed drive – it was our best opportunity of the match but it was all to no avail.

The clock ticked down with a flurry of subs from Sporting, as the Dons ended their European run for the season.

Definitely nothing to be ashamed off in this match – yes Sporting are a good team but they looked tired midway through the second half and we were unable to take the advantage.


Date Time League Season Full Time
24th September 2020 8:00 pm UEFA Europa League 2020-21 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
Sporting CP10174%Win


Fourth OfficialRefereeAssistant Referees
Radoje PajovicNikola DabanovićSrdan Jovanovic
Vladan Todorović

Sporting CP

1Antonio Adán Goalkeeper
3Zouhair Feddal Defender
4Sebastián Coates Defender
5Nuno Mendes Defender
8Matheus Nunes Midfielder
9Andraz Sporar 19 Forward
10Luciano Vietto Forward 30'
13Luis Neto Defender
19Tiago Tomás 9 Forward 7'
20Gonzalo Plata 24 Forward
22André Paulo Goalkeeper
24Pedro Porro 20 Defender
37Wendel 68 Midfielder
44João Silva Defender
55Vitorino Antunes Defender
68Daniel Bragança 37 Midfielder
77Jovane Cabral Forward
96Joelson Fernandes Forward


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan 18 Defender
3Tommie Hoban Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender
8Funso Ojo Midfielder
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor Defender
15Dylan McGeouch 25 Midfielder
17Jonny Hayes Midfielder
18Connor McLennan 2 Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 92'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
22Ronald Hernández Defender
25Scott Wright 15 Forward
32Ryan Edmondson 50 Forward
40Ross McCrorie Midfielder
50Marley Watkins 32 Midfielder