ABERDEEN FC’s Europa League dream is hanging by a thread after a 2-0 defeat in San Sebastian.
Derek McInnes’ side gave their all in the Spanish heat against Real Sociedad, but two second-half goals were enough for the home side to claim victory.
The Dons started well at the Anoeta, keeping possession and making the La Liga outfit work for the ball.
But after 14 minutes, Real should have been in front. Chory Castro’s corner found Alfreo Finnbogason, whose free header went wide from the penalty area.
Aberdeen FC were given a let off by the referee when Willo Flood appeared to tangle the Icelandic striker’s legs, bringing him down in the box. However, no penalty was given, despite claims from the home side.
On 35 minutes Castro knocked down a ball from deep, into the path of Finnbogason, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.
After the break, the Dons were pinned back again and on 53 minutes the home team made the breakthrough. Shay Logan’s poor clearance allowed David Zurutuza to prod home and give Real the lead.
Just 15 minutes later, they doubled their advantage. Sergio Canales stole the ball from Barry Robson, advanced on goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Jamie Langfield.
Aberdeen began to press for a precious away goal and were denied a penalty when substitute David Goodwillie was knocked down in the box.
However, it was not to be their night and the Dons have their work cut out now if they want to progress next week at Pittodrie.