Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen (5-6 on pens): Thomas Agyepong misses crucial spot-kick as Dons progress
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 26/09/18 12:05am
Thomas Agyepong missed the decisive spot-kick as Hibernian were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup 6-5 on penalties to Aberdeen following a goalless draw.
The Hibs substitute saw his spot-kick crash off the bar as Aberdeen sealed a their shoot-out triumph after 120 minutes of enthralling action at Easter Road.
Both Joe Lewis and Adam Bogdan made one save each in the shoot-out and the finest of margins cost Hibs in sudden death.
The goalless scoreline did not do justice to a cup tie full of tension from the start.
The Hibs defence scrambled clear Andrew Considine's effort after an early free-kick, but Stevie Mallan and Emerson Hyndman began causing problems for Aberdeen. They first combined to send Florian Kamberi clear but the Swiss striker shot wide after rounding Lewis.
The midfield pair both had efforts off target before Dom Ball's 25-yard free-kick hit the underside of the bar at the other end.
Gary Mackay-Steven got in behind the Hibs defence early in the second half but Bogdan got down well to save, and Kamberi shot over from a good position after fooling Michael Devlin with a dummy.
It was Hibs who had the better late chances to avoid extra-time. Hyndman twice came close from 20 yards after good moves and Boyle again had the ball in the net after Mallan's flick but this time the offside flag denied him.
Moments later, Hyndman played Oli Shaw through for a glorious chance but the striker shot wide of the far post.
Aberdeen squandered two great chances in the first period of extra-time. Substitute Stevie May dragged his shot wide after a quick break and McGinn sliced high and wide after passes from Mackay-Steven and Ball had opened Hibs up.
Mackay-Steven went down inside the box under the attention of Efe Ambrose after over-running the ball but McLean was unimpressed.
A crucial clearance from Considine kept the tie goalless following Agyepong's cross to set up the dramatic finale.