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McInnes buoyant after victory

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was delighted his team justified his confidence with a 2-1 victory over 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 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 next qualifying round.

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