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Europa League: Derek McInnes thrilled as Aberdeen beat FC Groningen to progress

Last Updated: 26/07/14 2:30pm

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Derek McInness: Aberdeen boss celebrates his team's win in Groningen

Derek McInness: Aberdeen boss celebrates his team's win in Groningen

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was delighted his team justified his confidence with a 2-1 Europa League victory at FC Groningen.

A penalty from Adam Rooney and another strike from Niall McGinn in a seven-minute spell put the Dons 2-0 ahead on aggregate in the second qualifying round tie before Maikel Kieftenbeld pulled a goal back a minute before the break.

McInnes had been confident ahead of the trip to the Netherlands that his side would score, following last week’s goalless draw at Pittodrie.

And despite second-half pressure, Aberdeen held on to their lead to set up a tie with Spanish club Real Sociedad in the third qualifying round.

"It was a special night for the supporters to come and see their team win," McInnes told a Scottish radio station.

"I always feel, whether we are an underdog or the favourites, we always put in a shift. It is a big result but to be honest it's no more than I expected. I always felt we could win here."
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