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Burnley go extra mile in Euro adventure

Burnley 3 Aberdeen 1

By Rory Dollard

Turf Moor's first taste of European football in 51 years ended in celebration rather than sour grapes, as goals from Burnley duo Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes ended Aberdeen's resistance in extra-time.

After 90 minutes the sides had gamely replicated last week's 1-1 draw at Pittodrie but the additional half-hour allowed Sean Dyche's side to flex their muscles, with Cork's close-range header and Barnes' penalty sealing a trip to Istanbul Basaksehir next week.

A simpler evening appeared to be in the offing when Chris Wood lashed home a sixth-minute opener but the Dons were worthy opponents - equalising through a sublime bicycle kick from 18-year-old Lewis Ferguson and staying in the game thanks to goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Barnes was first to be denied, a strong wrist allowing Lewis to divert a near-post rocket over the top.

His next contribution was slighter but no less important, tipping a Sam Vokes header against the underside of the bar.

A winner in normal time seemed likely as both sides began to tire, leaving gaps all over the pitch. A couple of cynical fouls snuffed out dangerous counters while wingers from both sides, Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn and Aaron Lennon, ran themselves to an early exit.

Aberdeen got an adrenaline shot from Scott Wright, while Burnley called on Dwight McNeil for only his second appearance as extra-time beckoned.

Ten minutes after the restart, Burnley finally put daylight between the teams. Belatedly attacking with patience and purpose they worked the ball out to replacement left-back Charlie Taylor. His cross was wicked and Cork's onward run went unchecked, leaving the midfielder to nod in from close-range.

Barnes settled it from the spot after Scott McKenna's handball, leaving Dyche to plot the next chapter of Burnley's continental journey.

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