Christian Ramirez produces two-goal masterclass in Iceland for Aberdeen 

Christian Ramirez produces two-goal masterclass in Iceland for Aberdeen 

Christian Ramirez continues to look price each minute of the in depth effort Stephen Glass invested in securing his signature on a two-year contract.

After an uneven 90 minutes which noticed momentum shift backwards and forwards, the American’s medical double in the end ensured Aberdeen head into subsequent week’s second leg at Pittodrie holding a significant benefit in their Conference League quest. For Ramirez, 4 objectives from his first 4 appearances in pink counts as a extremely encouraging introduction.

The former Houston Dynamo ahead struck contained in the opening three minutes, then once more in the second half after Glass had made a daring triple half-time change and switched formation. In between occasions, Lewis Ferguson doubled Aberdeen’s lead earlier than Breidablik surged again to attract degree on the break.

In the tip, Glass gained reward for his tactical bravery. Looking forward, and with Ramirez in this type, they need to really feel assured of finishing the job to achieve the play-off spherical. A 1-1 draw between AEL Limassol and FK Qarabag final night time leaves the identification of their potential subsequent opponent in doubt.

Aberdeen now face a visit to Livingston in the Premiership on Sunday as they appear to develop the early seeds of promise from this much-changed squad.

They confirmed indicators of defensive fragility throughout their first half wobble, however Scott Brown and younger Calvin Ramsay have been amongst those that stepped ahead to assist preserve odds of development very a lot in their favour.

Breidablik’s 3,000-capacity dwelling floor, Kopavogsvollur, is deemed to not meet UEFA requirements for this stage of a contest, which means this fixture was moved 5 miles alongside the street to the nationwide stadium in Reykjavik.

The change upset the hosts’ supervisor Oskar Hrafn Thorvaldsson however unquestionably got here as excellent news to Glass. Beyond eradicating Breidablik from acquainted environment, it meant taking part in on a grass floor reasonably than a man-made one.


BRIEDABLIK (4-4-2): Einarsson 6; Gunnlaugsson 6, Muminovic 5, Margeirsson 5, Invgarsson 6; Einarsson 6, Sigurdardson 6 (Atlason 88), Sigurjonsson 6 (Yeoman 82), Eyjolfsson 7 (Mikkelsen 82); Steindorsson 6 (Svanthorsson 65), Vilhjalmsson 7. 

Subs not used: Helgason, Mikkelsen, Bragason, Margeirsson, Gudbjargarson, Gislason, Robertsson, Jonson, Thorsteinsson. Booked: Vilhjalmsson, Muminovic, Ingvarsson.

ABERDEEN (4-4-2): Lewis 6; Ramsay 7 (Gurr 65), McCrorie 5, Considine 6, MacKenzie 7; Ojo 6, Brown 7, Ferguson 6 (McGeough 46), Hayes 5 (McLennan 46); Emmanuel-Thomas 5 (Gallagher 46), Ramirez 8 (Hedges 83). 

Subs not used: McGinn, Jenks, Campbell, Woods, Ruth, Ritchie, Hancock. 

Booked: Ramsay, Gurr. 

Man of the Match: Christian Ramirez.

Referee: Ivan Bekec (Croatia).

Initially, Aberdeen seemed very snug. Two objectives up inside 11 minutes, they thrived off the accuracy of Ramsay’s proper foot and a few intelligent pondering at corners.

The opener got here from an expertly-worked routine. Ramsay discovered the right weight with a low supply reduce into house forward of the entrance put up. Ramirez peeled around the again of the central group of gamers, with Brown doing simply sufficient to dam the striker’s marker.

So far, so good however a end of high quality was nonetheless wanted. Ramirez did not disappoint with a robust first-time connection that flew past Breidablik goalkeeper Anton Ari Einarsson.

There was a less complicated however no much less efficient development to the second purpose. Again delivering from Aberdeen’s proper, Ramsay this time went with a floated nook.

Ferguson watched all of it the best way, rising excessive to direct a terrific header into the highest nook of the online. Aberdeen have been flying. But Breidablik quickly clipped their wings. Shaking off their early disorientation, the Icelanders started to indicate how they’d overcome Austria Vienna in the final spherical.

Their comeback was aided by some fairly feeble defending. Ross McCrorie bought into a multitude earlier than being outmuscled by Arni Vilhjalmsson on the byeline. The attacker managed to power the ball throughout the face of purpose from a susceptible place, with Gisli Eyjolfsson knocking dwelling.

That sixteenth minute elevate modified the entire tone of the half. Aberdeen produced a slick transfer that led to Funso Ojo testing Einarsson however their early management had slipped away.

Croatian referee Ivan Bebek did not assist at occasions. He did not act over a few thumping challenges on Ramirez, but booked Ramsay for the softest of fouls.

Then, two minutes earlier than the break, Bebek awarded the hosts a penalty after the Dons have been once more undone by their very own errors.

McCrorie was dragged large after Breidablik exploited house behind Ramsay. The retreating teenager slipped when the ball was performed inside, resulting in an Andy Considine problem on Vilhjalmsson.

Considine claimed he bought a slight contact on the ball. He might have had a case, however Bebek ignored the complaints as he pointed to the spot. Vilhjalmsson levelled it up by sending Joe Lewis the unsuitable manner.

You felt one thing needed to change for Aberdeen to get some vitality again into their efficiency. Few would have predicted a triple half-time substitution.

Off got here Ferguson, Jonny Hayes and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who had supplied little up entrance. Declan Gallagher, Dylan McGeouch and Connor McLennan have been launched. The formation was shifted to 3-5-2 and Aberdeen regained the lead inside 4 minutes of the restart.

McLennan made a wonderful influence up entrance, taking a terrific first contact to regulate a protracted move excessive earlier than delivering low for Ramirez. The striker went along with his left foot this time however the end result was the identical. Another crisp end was propelled past Einarsson.

It wasn’t excellent from there on, however Aberdeen averted any repeat their early anxiousness. Ojo may have elevated the lead however could not get sufficient buy on a late header. 

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