Aberdeen thrash Swedes Hacken in Europe

Published on: 22 July 2021

Lewis Ferguson scored twice in a thumping win for an impressive Aberdeen

Manager Stephen Glass says Aberdeen "won't get carried away" despite almost sealing their place in the next round of the Europa Conference League with a dominant win over Hacken.

Lewis Ferguson's brace and goals from Andy Considine, Christian Ramirez and Connor McLennan earned an fine win in front of 5,655 fans at Pittodrie.

And should they emerge unscathed from the second leg in Gothenburg, Aberdeen will face Austria Vienna or Breidablik in the third qualifying round, with those sides drawing 1-1 in Vienna.

"I could sense that excitement," said Glass. "I don't think you can stand here and say you're going to score five goals. I'm delighted the players get the reward for the work they've done the last five weeks.

"We believe we are doing the right things. The team showed that against a very good team. We shouldn't underestimate how good they [Hacken] were tonight. We won't get carried away. We have to continue this."

    Reaction & as it happened

Aberdeen return to Gothenburg next Thursday for the second leg. It is a city with fond memories for the club's fans after their 1983 Cup Winners' Cup win there, but this tie was one that seemed full of foreboding.

The Swedes are 11 games into their season and initially looked more energetic than their hosts, who have only played a couple of pre-season friendlies.

But Glass' side grew into the match. Ferguson fired high and wide, before Considine stepped up to meet Calvin Ramsay's corner before celebrating with a section of the 5,655 returning fans at Pittodrie.

After that, Aberdeen were relentless. Ferguson's second attempt of the game struck the woodwork but he would not be denied a third time. Ryan Hedges was fouled, and Ferguson went low into the net with the penalty.

Funso Ojo had two chances before the second goal and Ramirez should have netted with a free-header. Glass' team could have been three or four goals ahead at half-time, taking full control of the tie.

Hacken had dropped out of the game and Aberdeen made sure to make their momentum count. Ferguson looked like he might have almost put the tie beyond doubt by finding space 25 yards from goal and - under no pressure - blasting low into the net.

It was no more than Aberdeen deserved but the Swedes pulled one back, Jeremejeff doing well to cut inside and beat Joe Lewis. But with the away goal rule scrapped this season, it appears unlikely to have any meaningful impact on the tie.

Ramirez and McLennan all but put the contest beyond Hacken in the late stages. The American striker netted a tap-in for his first Aberdeen goal, then McLennan's stoppage-time strike capped off a terrific performance.

Man of the match - Lewis Ferguson Two goals and an energetic performance from Ferguson showed his quality.What did we learn?

Only Dundee United, Hamilton and Ross County scored fewer goals than Aberdeen in last season's Premiership. Whatever Glass has been working on this pre-season has paid dividends.

Aberdeen could have scored another couple as they blew their visitors away. This was tipped to be a tricky test for Glass' team, but they looked levels apart. Emmanuel-Thomas and Ramirez led the line extremely well.

What's next?

Aberdeen travel to Gothenburg for next Thursday's second leg (17:30 BST) before starting their Premiership campaign against United next Sunday (15:00).

    Line-ups Match Stats

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-2

1Lewis

22Ramsay2McCrorie4Considine17Hayes

11Hedges19Ferguson8Brown16Ojo

14Emmanuel-Thomas9Ramírez

    1Lewis

    22RamsaySubstituted forGurrat 77'minutes

    2McCrorie

    4ConsidineBooked at 6mins

    17HayesSubstituted forMcLennanat 76'minutes

    11Hedges

    19Ferguson

    8Brown

    16OjoSubstituted forMacKenzieat 66'minutes

    14Emmanuel-Thomas

    9RamírezSubstituted forJenksat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

    3MacKenzie

    10McGinn

    15McGeouch

    18McLennan

    20Jenks

    21Gurr

    24Campbell

    25Woods

    33Kennedy

    35Hancock

BK Häcken

Formation 4-4-2

26Abrahamsson

5Ekpolo4Toivio3Hammar14Sverrisson

23Walemark8Friberg17Berggren7Bengtsson

20Youssef9Jeremejeff

    26Abrahamsson

    5Ekpolo

    4Toivio

    3Hammar

    14Sverrisson

    23WalemarkSubstituted forMilovanovicat 83'minutesBooked at 87mins

    8FribergSubstituted forFaltsetasat 55'minutes

    17Berggren

    7BengtssonSubstituted forHeintzat 45'minutes

    20YoussefSubstituted forMaaroufat 53'minutes

    9Jeremejeff

Substitutes

    1Brattberg

    6Faltsetas

    11Heintz

    12Fridriksson

    13Adjoumani

    15Olsson

    19Irandust

    22Carlsson

    24Milovanovic

    28Maarouf

    29Rasheed

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamBK Häcken

Possession

Home59%

Away41%

Shots

Home22

Away9

Shots on Target

Home12

Away2

Corners

Home7

Away5

Fouls

Home6

Away10

Source: bbc.com

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