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R. W. Molenbeek 0 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: R. W. Molenbeek 0 - 0 Aberdeen

UEFA Cup First Round First Leg

14/09/1977 | KO:

The Dons began their first European campaign for three years with a visit to RWD Molenbeek's, Edmond Machten's Stadium in Brussels. Only four players in Aberdeen's line-up had previous European experience and there was more than a hint of apprehension in the Dons ranks at the kick-off. Despite those early nerves the Aberdeen lads contained their Belgian opponents and visibly grew in confidence as the game progressed. The Dons had a good spell midway through the first-half and only goalkeeper Ruiter's legs prevented Duncan Davidson from scoring on two separate occasions. The first-half ended with the Belgians on top again and just on the stroke of half-time Boskamp deceived everyone with a beautifully taken free-kick only to see his effort come back off an upright. Molenbeek opened the second-half with a flurry but it was Aberdeen who came nearest to scoring when Joe Harper lobbed substitute keeper Leonard only for Duman to scramble the ball off the line. The Belgians began to show signs of desperation as the Dons defence held firm at the expense of a series of corners. With six minutes remaining Bobby Clark made his only mistake of the night when he dropped a Cordiez header but recovered quickly enough to scoop the ball off the line despite Molenbeek's claims for a goal. That proved to be the final chance of the game and Aberdeen had gained a noteable draw on their return to the European scene.

Source: The Don, 15th September 1977

Unused substitutes were not named ini the match reports.
R. W. Molenbeek Teamsheet
Ruiter (Leonard), Dumon, Den Haese, Alhinho, Desanghere, Boskamp, Cordiez, Olsen ,Gorez, Wellens, Van Haecke (Weissmann)
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Edmond Machten's Stadium, Brussels
Referee: M Bjorek, Sweden
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