AaB progressed into the Europa League last-32 despite Yonathan Del Valle's second-half brace handing Rio Ave a 2-0 victory in their final Europa League Group J clash at the Estadio do Rio Ave.
Leaders Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 victory at Steaua Bucharest meant AaB held onto second spot in the group table by two points, while Pedro Martins' men went out confident winners thanks to Del Valle's double.
The Primeira Liga side started strongest as Del Valle sent his long-range effort wide in the opening exchanges.
Dynamo Kiev qualified from Europa League Group J thanks to a 2-0 victory over Rio Ave on Thursday.
Jeremain Lens opened the scoring in the 53rd minute for the Ukrainian side before Miguel Veloso's header with just over 10 minutes remaining ensured Dynamo would not relinquish top spot.
The win put Serhiy Rebrov's side clear on 12 points after their win over already-eliminated Rio Ave.
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After a goalless first half at the Nordjyske Arena, AaB top scorer Nicklas Helenius nodded his side in front from close range almost immediately after the break.
The win sees AaB move up to third in the group while Europa League debutants Rio Ave are still waiting for their first point.
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