Aberdeen held league leaders Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie today. The Dons
started the match well, putting pressure on the Rangers defence. Within the opening
five minutes, Eoin Jess forced Stefan Klos into a world class save when his header
looked a goal all the way before the German managed to knock the ball for a corner.
In the sixteenth minute, Andreas Mayer found space wide on the left, and his
cross found Norwegian playmaker Cato Guntveit, who rose to head the ball past
Klos and make it 1-0. Countryman Arild Stavrum was on hand if Guntveit had
failed to connect.
Not long after that, Rodney Wallace had the ball in the net for Rangers after
a mix-up in the Dons defence involving recent Scotland call-up Russell Anderson,
but it was chalked off for offside after the linesman had alerted the attention
of referee Dougie McDonald.
The visitors' equaliser saw Kanchelskis instrumental in the build up with
the ball ending up with Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson hitting a deflected
shot past the helpless Jim Leighton.
Shortly afterwards, a Lorenzo Amoruso free kick forced Leighton into a superb
save, even more impressive as the veteran goalie didn't see the ball untill
the last possible moment.
Further chances for Rangers fell to Kanchelskis, Wallace and Ferguson, but
the Dons defence stood strong, with Anderson clearing one chance off the line,
to hold on at the interval.
The Dons were fired up after the break and matched the champions elect in
every department. Andreas Mayer, Arild Stavrum and Eoin Jess all went close
for the home team with the last named in particular enjoying a real purple
The Dons were also denied a certain penalty when Arthur Numan clearly controlled
the ball with his hand inside the box.
The Dons made a double substitution with a quarter on an hour remaining with
Rachid Belabed and Robbie Winters on for Andreas Mayer and Andy Dow. With a
couple of minutes left Darren Young came on for Arild Stavrum.
Aberdeen ended the game a little disappointed that they only had a share of
the spoils to show for their efforts but this was most definitely their best
showing for a long time, particularly in that second half.