Joe Lewis concedes freak late own goal to knock Aberdeen out of Europe

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Aberdeen have been knocked out of the Europa League qualifying stages in one of the cruellest possible ways.

Derek McInnes' side felt confident of progressing through to the playoff round of the competition before the game despite drawing 1-1 with Slovenian side Maribor in the first leg at Pittodrie.

But it was not to be after the tightly-contested reverse fixture was won by a freak goal.

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Neither side had been able to make a breakthrough as the game entered the final few minutes of stoppage time. Aberdeen still required a goal to avoid being knocked out and were throwing men forward in a desperate attempt to find a winner.

Instead, they fell victim to one of the unluckiest own goals you are likely to see for a while and a complete horror show for goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

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In fact, some of you may even recall an almost carbon copy goal being conceded by England's Paul Robinson against Croatia just less than 10 years ago.

In an awful England performance, not too dissimilar to the embarrassing Iceland defeat earlier this summer, Gary Neville played a routine backpass to Robinson, who took his eyes off the ball as it bobbled over his foot and into the net.

Unfortunately for Lewis, the exact same event occurred tonight.

This time, it was Graeme Shinnie who passed the ball back to his keeper. The Aberdeen No. 3 had even turned away expecting Lewis to launch a fresh attack, only for the ball to take a dodgy bounce and end McInnes' hopes of reaching Europe.

It was a moment to forget for the keeper who only joined the Dons from Cardiff earlier this summer.

Adam Rooney's missed penalty and Jayden Stockley's sending off meant Aberdeen were unlikely to go through regardless, but to go out in such a manner will definitely leave a sour taste in the mouths of McInnes and Lewis in particular.

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