Rosenborg 0-1 St Johnstone
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Frazer Wright's close-range finish earned St Johnstone a first-leg win over Rosenborg in the Europa League second qualifying round.
David Wotherspoon's 19th-minute corner fell to Wright, who bundled home from three yards at the Lerkendal Stadion.
The Norwegians almost levelled when Nikki Bille Nielsen's shot drew a great save from Saints' Alan Mannus.
Wotherspoon went close in the second half and the visitors worked hard to prevent an equaliser.
Rosenborg, with home advantage and midway through their domestic season, had threatened early when Nielsen cracked a low shot just wide.
But Tommy Wright's St Johnstone looked more than capable either side of Wright's crucial goal.
Wotherspoon fired wide and Steven MacLean tested goalkeeper Daniel Orlund before Wright stabbed home the potentially crucial away goal.
Mannus then made a magnificent save to deny Nielsen from six yards, the stopper instinctively throwing a boot out to block the effort.
Saints almost moved further ahead straight into the restart. Wotherspoon's chipped shot took a deflection and Orlund dived to his right to palm away for a corner.
MacLean then fired narrowly wide of the keeper's left-hand post as the visitors kept the pressure on.
Rosenborg's Daniel Berntsen volleyed from 20 yards but Mannus blocked well and, a minute later, used his feet to deal with another of the midfielder's attempts.
Sandwiched between those chances for the hosts, Chris Millar fired just wide for St Johnstone as the game raged from end to end.
Mannus was called into action again to deny further efforts from Mike Jensen and Berntsen.
Saints weathered some serious pressure as the game neared its end but were always threatening in attack with Gwion Edwards rattling a shot over the bar in the last few minutes.
And the Scottish top-flight outfit held on to record a stunning victory against a team who outgun them financially by a huge margin and St Johnstone now have a decent chance of progressing in the competition.
The two sides meet again at McDiarmid Park for the second leg next Thursday.
Scottish football deserve better results than currently...Good performance by Saints in Norway !
Come on Hibs, bad score today but win in Easter Road next week is possible...
Sorry for my perfectible english !
Come on Scotland (and Belgium of course =) )
NL needs to learn to keep his trap shut but it was a public display of support for his players as youd expect your gaffer to do
Now stop loaning Stevie May out and give him some proper game time in the Prem! Scotland need a new striker (even more than he needs a new haircut...)
I hardly think you can say it's 'looking good' from Hibs point of view, totally outplayed and outclassed, 2-0 down, I'd say it's looking pretty grim.
That aside, this was excellent performance and result to provide an anitdote to the Hibs one.
from a bear...