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Aberdeen 4 – 1 Hibernian

Bojan Miovski was again Aberdeen’s goalscorer as Jim Goodwin’s side beat Hibernian 4-1 to beat the visitors and climb to third place in the do-it-all Premiership – but not without a helping of VAR drama.

Miovski scored on either side of halftime to put his side in the driver’s seat, before Ylber Ramadani hit a third. Mykola Kukharevych pulled one back before Leighton Clarkson’s brutal fourth put the result beyond doubt.

Video referee Steven Kirkland was heavily involved in the penalty that eventually led to Miovski opening the score, and also winked at Hibs’ consolation.

Aberdeen's Leighton Clarkson celebrates after making it 4-1 in a snap Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hibernian in Pittodrie
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Aberdeen’s Leighton Clarkson celebrates after making it 4-1

The visitors had the better of the early spoils, but it would be halfway through the first half before either goalkeeper was called into some serious action, Aberdeen’s Kelle Roos acrobatic header by Ewan Henderson from a cross by Chris Cadden over the crossbar.

Aberdeen’s first attempt came on the counter from a corner from Hibs. Miovski slid into Duk to fire a low shot past David Marshall, only for Marijan Cabraja to slide in to go off the line.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Aberdeen's Ylber Ramadani celebrates after making it 3-0 in a snap Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hibernian at Pittodrie, on November 4, 2022, in Aberdeen, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)
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Aberdeen’s YIber Ramadani celebrates after making it 3-0

Duk was involved in the opener again, as he was knocked down by Marshall.

Long checks for offside, then on the penalty itself, were passed before Miovski stepped in – only for Marshall to save low to his left.

Another check indicated that Marshall had crawled off his line, leading to a rematch, and as both the striker and the keeper headed in the same direction again, the ball found the net this time.

The drama wasn’t there when Marshall responded by kicking the ball to Miovski, prompting another review, a booking deemed an appropriate punishment.

The Dons doubled their lead eight minutes after halftime when Clarkson landed a corner to Miovski’s head, the striker had drifted away from marker Joe Newell and was able to send a free header into the net.

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Aberdeen added a third when the visitors failed to complete a corner from Clarkson, and Ramadani appeared on the edge of the box and fired into the bottom right corner.

But Hibs found a way back into the game when Kukharevych drove in a cross from Elias Melkersen at the back post. Initially disallowed for offside, VAR confirmed the goal should stand.

Aberdeen's Leighton Clarkson celebrates after making it 4-1 in a snap Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hibernian in Pittodrie
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Aberdeen’s Leighton Clarkson celebrates after making it 4-1

If that raised hopes of a comeback, it was short-lived. The Dons have been relentless in front of goal at home this season, brazenly scoring a fourth.

Clarkson raced on a pass from substitute Marley Watkins and his touch took him past Marshall, but with his route to goal seemingly blocked, the loaned Liverpool man turned his back to the bottom left corner to seal the points.

What’s next?

Aberdeen travel to Livingston on Tuesday; kick off at 7:45 PM. The then host Dundee United on Saturday, November 12 at 6 p.m. in their last game before the World Cup.

Hibernian host Ross County on Tuesday before departure to Kilmarnock before the break.



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