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- Aberdeen staged a remarkable comeback in their Europa League clash with Hacken, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to secure a crucial draw.
- The first half proved challenging for Aberdeen, marred by defensive lapses that allowed Amor Layouni to capitalize on an error.
- Despite Hacken extending their lead through a penalty in the second half, Aberdeen managed to pull two goals back to back and exerted considerable pressure.
Hacken Player Ratings: Sadiq Continues to Perform
Peter Abrahamsson 6/10: Made some good recoveries and some good saves. But still conceded two goals.
V. Friðriksson 6/10: An average performance from the left-back, won two take-ons out of five and blocked two shots.
Even Hovland 7/10: Even Hovland was the defensive backbone for Hacken. On top of that, he was key in the attack buildups from the back.
Johan Hammar 4/10: As usual, Johan Hammar was doing his job well but his second towards the end of the game made it hard for the team.
Simon Sandberg 5/10: It was a “lower than average day” for the Hacken defender. Struggled to keep the Aberdeen strikers at bay.
Amane Romeo 7/10: All the Hacken midfielders were just in sync today and Amane Romeo had a blast. Tore the Aberdeen defense with his passes.
Samuel Gustafson 8/10: Gustafson had an excellent game. Made the most passes in the game with a 91% passing accuracy. Created chances left and right. Dominated the midfield.
Mikkel Rygaard 7/10: Like his midfielder colleagues, he was also a terror for the Dons in the final third. Won the penalty for his team in the 66th minute.
Ibrahim Sadiq 8.5/10: Best player for the Hacken. Assisted the first goal and scored the second from the spot. Still continuing his amazing form.
Srdjan Hrstic 6/10: The new striker seems to be struggling to find his usual form at the club and this game wasn’t any different. No wonder he was subbed off in the 63rd minute.
Amor Layouni 7/10: First scorer of the game, he knew where he had to be. Great chemistry with Sadiq, who assisted with his goal.
Jacob Laursen 5/10: Did a decent job as a substitute after conceding two goals within five minutes and losing Hammar at the beginning of the injury time. Did well to hold off the rest of the game.
T. Totland 5/10: Did well to hold off till the end of the game.
I. Abdulrazak 4/10: Probably a bad call from the manager to sub off the performing midfielder. Could not fill up Romeo’s shoes.
Ali Youssef 3/10: Didn’t really have an impact in the game.
Franklin Tebo Uchenna: N/A
Aberdeen Player Ratings: Mivoski and Saves the Day!
Kelle Roos 5/10: It was a disappointing game for Kelle Roos. He was beaten at his near post for the first Hacken goal, although he made a few good saves to keep Sadiq and the Hacken forwards in check.
Jack MacKenzie 3/10: The dangerous Sadiq got the better of him. Also, conceded the penalty that gave Hacken the chance to double their lead from the spot.
Slobodan Rubezic 6/10: He looked much better tonight than he did in the last game against Stirling Albion. Made some decent interceptions throughout the game, sensing danger as Hacken midfielders dominated.
Nicky Devlin 6/10: Didn’t anticipate Layouni at the back post who got the better of him and scored the first goal. But he became the hero for his team to make it 2-2 with a chipped finish at the 79th minute.
Ryan Duncan 6/10: Poor defensive performance from him in the first half. Although he did better in the second half to stop Sadiq. Also, carried the ball forward up the left side a lot, creating chances.
Graeme Shinnie 5/10: Aberdeen midfielders were not allowed to breathe by their counterparts. Tough game for the Dons’s captain.
Leighton Clarkson 7/10: Couldn’t really shine in the first half among the Hacken’s midfield control. But created some great chances in the second half and finally Mivoski converted one.
Shayden Morris 5/10: Struggled a lot against Layouni. Got subbed off in the 63rd minute. Couldn’t leave an impact.
Dante Polvara 6/10: Missed a great chance to equalize but his shot was too high to find the back of the net. Overall, the American had a struggling game, subbed off at the 70th minute.
Duk 5/10: Could not really do what he was supposed to. The striker needs to step up his game as he missed a crucial chance in the first half to equalize.
Bojan Miovski 8.5/10: Player of the game for Aberdeen. Scored the first one and assisted the second. He basically carried his team to a draw after a poor defensive and midfield performance.
James McGarry 5/10: Came onto the pitch at the 70th minute to replace Duncan and looked very steady at the back.
Jamie McGrath 6/10: As he came on, he looked very lively. Made some good runs down the left. He could’ve brought the victory, but was caught offside.
Ester Sokler 4/10: Accompanied Miovski up front but could’t find his chance. Caught his head in a collision, but wasn’t affected.
Angus MacDonald 4/10: When he came on Aberdeen was in the driving seat of the game, so didn’t have to do much.
Hacken vs Aberdeen Match Summary and Highlights
Aberdeen really set themselves up nicely for a shot at the Europa League group stage. They had quite the adventure in Gothenburg, coming from 2-0 down to draw with Swedish side Hacken.
The Dons started alright, but things took a nosedive in the first half after Hacken’s Ibrahim Sadiq set up Amor Layouni for the opening goal. It was a defensive lapse by Nicky Devlin that allowed Layouni all the time in the world to pick his spot and score.
Aberdeen had a tough time finding their groove after that, with Hacken controlling possession and looking threatening.
The second half saw Aberdeen come out with a lot more purpose. They had a couple of good chances, but it was Hacken who struck again, this time from the penalty spot after a VAR check was deemed a handball by Jack MacKenzie. Sadiq converted it.
But Aberdeen didn’t give up. They clawed one back thanks to Leighton Clarkson’s assist to Bojan Miovski. Then, they really turned on the style. Nicky Devlin pulled off a fantastic chip over the Hacken keeper after some slick buildup play.
Hacken couldn’t get a grip on the game anymore. They suffered another blow when Johan Hammar was sent off for a second yellow after elbowing Miovski. Aberdeen nearly added a third, but Jamie McGrath’s goal was ruled out for offside.
Man of the Match
Bojan Miovski spread his wings and carried his team on his back. His performance outshined all the others in the pitch and his perseverance helped his team to come back from 2-0 down.
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