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match report 2004-05 fixture list
Twente Enschede 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  8:00 PM   N'Kufo(21), Cziommer(65), Zomer(77)        
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: De Grolsch Veste, Enschede
Dons slip up in Holland
The Dons suffered a 3-0 reverse in Holland to Dutch Cup Finalists FC Twente. Trailing 1-0 at the interval, the hosts added another two after the break. Chris Clark should have grabbed a consolation two minutes from time when he blasted wide from six yards after latching on to a Whelan pass.

Even at eight o' clock with the sun having gone down, it was 25C in the Arke Stadium in Enschede as Twente kicked off in this pre season friendly against Jimmy Calderwood's team. The teams emerged to the familiar Gerry and the Pacemakers number, You'll Never Walk Alone with the Dons players going to acknowledge their 70 or so traveling support as they broke away from the team photo.

Twente kicked off and immediately took the game to the Dons. It was the 7th minute before Aberdeen had the ball in their opponent's penalty area. Good work from Chris Clark down the left won a corner despite the acrobatic efforts of full back Schuurman to keep the ball in. However the ball broke aimlessly off Whelan when Clark sent the corner over and the keeper's first touch was taking the goal kick. Twente won their first corner in 11 minutes and it was easily dealt with by Severin as the Dons support continued to make the most noise.

Aberdeen started to come more into the game with Scott Severin gaining more possession and Clark and Heikkenen getting their passing game going. Then disaster struck on the 21st minute when Dmitri Shoukov sent a dangerous ball in from the left touchline midway inside the Dons half and Congo born Blaise N'Kufo squeezed a header passed David Preece at the far post from three yards out. The goal lifted and four minutes later Preece required two attempts to stop Cziommer's 20-yard rocket. Then in the 27th minute N'Kufo's lay back on the 18 yard line saw Cziommer blast the ball narrowly over the crossbar. The crowd did not appreciate the drinks interval that then punctuated the play for a couple of minutes but it gave the Dons some worthwhile time out to re-group.

On the resumption keeper Sander Boschker was forced into his first save as a Michael Hart cross was headed weakly towards goal. A 34th minute free kick on the right brought Diamond and Anderson up but when the free kick was sent over pushing in the penalty box gave Twente a foul. Six minutes from half time, N'Kufo came close to notching the second when he carved out a chance for himself on the left side to power a shot just wide of the target. Aberdeen replied with Hart setting up Steven Craig but his shot from inside the D went soaring over the crossbar.

Richard Foster came on for the Dons at the interval in place of Steven Tosh and He made an immediate impact when he forced former Ajax stopper, Sander Boschker into action in the 49th minute collecting a headed effort after Severin's long throw was knocked into his path by Whelan. David Preece was also soon in action making a brilliant save outstretched to his left to deny Ouedraogo who powered in a fierce shot from 35 yards. Markus Heikkenen's clumsy tackle on N'Kufo in the 64th minute gave Heubach a free kick in a dangerous position 35 yards out but fortunately the four-man wall blocked the effort.

Twente extended their lead a minute later when Diamond was unlucky to be given a free kick against him right on the edge of the box to the left of centre. This time the wall could do nothing as German, Simon Cziommer, currently on loan from Schalke, lifted the ball over the five man defensive wall and into the left of the goal. Aberdeen kept trying to get men forward in an effort to retrieve the situation but in the 77th minute, substitute Fafiani swung in a free kick from the right and Ramon Zomer rose above the defence to head in the hosts third from six yards.

Chris Clark denied the Dons a consolation thanks to a shocking miss two minutes from time. McNaughton's cross from the right was touched square by Whelan to the Dons no.11 but he blasted wide left from just six yards. Jimmy Calderwood now has a week to get his side ready for the visit of Rangers and the start of competitive football. Interested spectators in the Arke Stadium were the players from Dunfermline Athletic who complete their Dutch pre-season on Sunday with a match in Enschede against local amateurs Vogido. They then face Aberdeen in the third match of the SPL campaign.

Twente Enschede Teamsheet:  Boschker; Schuurman (Goncalves da Costa 82), Touzani,Zomer, Heubach (Capt) (Sibum 66); Cziommer (Wellenberg82), Ouedraogo, Culina (Fafiani76), El Ahmadi; N'Kufo (Christensen 66), Shoukov (Alfonso 76).


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, Hart, Anderson, Diamond, McNaughton, Tosh (Foster 46), Heikkinen (Stewart 82), Severin (Adams 56), Clark, Craig (Maguire 66), Whelan.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Anderson (84).

Referee: Jack van Hulten

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