Aberdeen 1 Lokomotiv Moscow 1: Aberdeen face uphill struggle after Ivanovic secures point

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Aberdeen remain winless in Uefa Cup Group B after a goal on the stroke of half-time from Lokomotiv Moscow's Branislav Ivanovic denied them at Pittodrie last night.

The Aberdeen manager, Jimmy Calderwood, said: "We're making expensive mistakes and it's costing us big time. They weren't causing us too many problems until they scored, but they did in the second half. You can accept getting beaten by the better team, but this feels like a defeat."

Driving wind and snowfall made conditions tricky, but the home side broke the deadlock after earning a corner from a break involving Barry Nicholson and Sone Aluko. From Nicholson's kick Zander Diamond rose to head in.

But Lokomotiv equalised with the last action of the half as Ivanovic headed in from Alexander Samedov.

Aberdeen pushed forward after the break, but struggled to create chances, the best coming when Scott Severin's shot sparked a goalmouth scramble before keeper Ivan Pelizzoli was awarded a free-kick.

Aberdeen: Langfield, Hart, Diamond, Considine, Foster, Clark (Maguire, 66), Nicholson, Severin, Aluko (De Visscher, 81), Miller ( Lovell, 85), Young. Substitutes: Soutar, Byrne, McNamara, Touzani.

Lokomotiv Moscow: Pelizzoli, Ivanovic, Asatiani, Rodolfo, Sennikov, Spahic, Gurenko, Samedov (Cocis, 79), Bilyaletdinov, Sychev, Odemwingie. Substitutes: Polyakov, Maminov, Traoré, Korchagin, Yanbaev, Efimov.

Referee: F Meyer (Germany).

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