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  1. Post update

    That's enough from me. It's been a struggle all round.

    Here's hoping for better things next week. Celtic, Aberdeen and St Johnstone will need to produce much improved efforts next week to have any chance of turning round these deficits. Here's hoping...

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    A snippet from Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "Real are a clever side and they really tested us. Our opportunities were few and far between.

    "We did what we could to try and get an away goal. I applaud our efforts. We have a lot of frustrated boys but it is only half time."

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    Well, it's not been a great week for our sides in Europe. Celtic were skelped by Legia Warsaw and now we have defeats for Aberdeen and St Johnstone.

    I'm sure big crowds will turn up at Murrayfield and Pittodrie in a bid to inspire second-leg comebacks on home soil but it's going to take something special for any Scottish side to progress.

    Celtic, of course, have the safety net of the Europa League but that will be scant consolation after two consecutive seasons in the group stages of the Champions League.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    FITBhighlights on Twitter: #bbcsportscot I went to see Trnava in Slovakia in May. Looked a very good team and I'm not surprised they're doing so well."

    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "The three Scottish sides are going to need three massive performances in their second legs to progress in Europe this season. #bbcsportscot."

  5. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Peter John Stevenson on Twitter: "Sociedad clearly a stronger team-no complaints at the scoreline for me. Should probably have been more-but no shame in that. #bbcsportscot"

    John McEnerney on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot The Dons won't score 3 against this lot at home. RS too good all over the park."


    St Johnstone 1-2 Spartak Trnava

    Saints have a large hill to negotiate in Slovakia next week after losing at home. A double from Ivan Schranz puts Spartak Trnava firmly in control.

  7. GOAL

    St Johnstone 1-2 Spartak Trnava (Mackay)

    Hold on. Saints peg one back as David Wotherspoon fizzes in a low cross and Dave Mackay is there to plant a firm shot home. The celebrations are muted.

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    We're into five minutes of injury time in Perth. C'mon Saintees, give us a goal... We've not had much to cheer this evening.

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    It's just not happening for St Johnstone as the clock ticks down. Spartak Trnava have been comfortable for most of the evening and merit their 2-0 lead.


    The home crowd are on their feet at McDiarmid Park as David Wotherspoon thunders a shot against the crossbar.

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    Schranz taps in his second goal of the night at McDiarmid Park

    Ivan Schranz taps in his second goal of the night at McDiarmid Park. It's been largely paingful viewing for the home support.

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    10 minutes to go

    Can St Johnstone stage a late rally at McDiarmid Park? They have been good on their European travels of late but home form has once again deserted the Perth side.


    St Johnstone striker Chris Kane, on for Michale O'Halloran, wastes no time in picking up a yellow card. The Slovaks are indulging in a spot of rolling around to waste time as they protect a 2-0 lead in Perth.


    Real Sociedad 2-0 Aberdeen

  15. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Pie and Bovril on Twitter: "Editors, it's time. Dust down the Euro Flop headlines please. Broken crests at the ready."

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    Just as I say that, it takes a great save from Jamie Langfield to deny Real Sociedad a third goal.

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    Aberdeen are having their best spell as they look for an away goal which would give them more hope for the second leg at Pittodrie. However, the final ball keeps letting them down.

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    St Johnstone are lucky not to be three-down as Erik Sabo (listed in team lines as Sabotage by someone with a sense of humour or spell-check on) races clean through only to shoot wide.

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    Aberdeen substitutes David Goodwillie and Nicky Low combine on a rare break forward but the big striker is closed out in the penalty box.


    Jamie Langfield makes a good save to deny Finnbogason. The resulting corner kick is not picked up by the Dons defence and a Martinez header thuds against the underside of the crossbar and stays out.

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    That is a real hammer blow for Saints, who were starting to look a lot livelier in this second half. It's going to take something special to rescue this tie now.

  22. GOAL

    St Johnstone 0-2 Spartak Trnava (Schranz)

    St Johnstone fall further behind after a defensive mix-up. Alan Mannus kept out the first effort but Ivan Schranz is simply waiting to tap in his second goal of the night.

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    Real Sociedad celebrate their opening goal against Aberdeen

    Real Sociedad have been well on top in this first leg tie, with Aberdeen struggling to match the attacking tempo of the home side.


    Aberdeen make a double change as Barry Robson and Adam Rooney make way for Nicky Low and David Goodwillie.

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    Full-back Gary Miller sends a header narrowly wide as St Johnstone seek an equaliser.

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    Real Madrid forked out a few million for Sergio Canales when he was a teenager playing for Racing Santander. He'd been on the park for four minutes before opening his account tonight.

  27. GOAL

    Real Sociedad 2-0 Aberdeen (Canales)

    The home side double their lead as Jamie Langfield is beaten by a powerful, long-range effort from Sociedad substitute Sergio Canales.


    Barry Robson is furious with his defence after not getting a shout, he's robbed in possession and Bergara hammers a shot against the crossbar.

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    That's better from St Johnstone as David Wotherspoon gets forward to test visiting keeper Rusov with a shot.


    Aberdeen make a change, with defender Andy Considine on for Peter Pawlett. That will see Jonny Hayes pushed into midfield.

  31. KICK-OFF

    St Johnstone get the second half started and it looks like Michael O'Halloran and David Wotherspoon have switched positions, with the former now playing through the middle.

  32. Post update

    How will Aberdeen respond to losing that goal? Will they be more positive in search of a precious away goal or continue to sit in and try to keep it to 1-0? It might not be that simple since the home team are hogging the ball...

  33. GOAL

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Aberdeen (Zurutuza)

    Aberdeen right-back Shaleum Logan can't get the ball clear after making a block as Sociedad swarm forward and David Zurutuza prods the ball home.

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    Aberdeen's Jamie Langfield makes his first real save of the night as Prieto and Finnbogason combine and the latter gets a shot on target but the big keeper gets behind it comfortably.

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    There are 7,001 fans at McDiarmid Park tonight, with 83 in the away section. A good turn out in the Fair City.

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    Saints fans may have a soft spot for Eilidh Child, who used to teach in Perth, although she is Hearts supporter. Anyhoo, she has just come second in the 400m hurdles, quite a way behind Jamica's Kaliese Spencer. That's medal 43 for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.


    St Johnstone 0-1 Spartak Trnava

    The Saints trail in Perth and are perhaps fortunate not to be further behind. Manager Tommy Wright needs to figure out a way to get in behind the Slovak side.

  38. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen are up and running again... Still 0-0 against Real Sociedad.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    St Johnstone FC on Twitter: "Saints lacking much attacking force at present. Needing to up the ante to get back into the game."

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    Aberdeen's last outing against Spanish opponents was a Uefa Cup group match in 2007 against Atletico Madrid, which ended in a 2-0 loss at the Vincente Calderon.

    Of course, the Dons' finest moment came against Atletico's snooty city rivals, when the mighty Real were turned over in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup final.

    Aberdeen may not have players of the calibre of Strachan, Miller, McLeish and Black these days but Derek McInnes has moulded a well organised side, who are tough to break down and Peter Pawlett and Niall McGinn can cause problems on the break.

  41. GOAL

    St Johnstone 0-1 Spartak Trnava (Schranz)

    It's been coming. Spartak danger man Ivan Schranz lashes in an angled drive high via the the underside of the crossbar.


    St Johnstone are forced into an early change as an injured Chris Millar is replaced by Gary McDonald.


    Real Sociedad 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen have been under the cosh for a good 25 minutes but the scoreline is still blank. Can the Dons hold out for another 45 minutes.

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    Aberdeen venture forward and a Jonny Hayes free-kick finds Mark Reynolds. The defender's shot is far too high but manager Derek McInnes will be happy to see his men up the other end of the pitch.

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    St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay puts in a challenge at McDiarmid Park

    St Johnstone are finding the going tough against Spartak Trnava but the first leg remains goalless.

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    It's another let-off for Aberdeen, who are begging for the half-time oranges. This time Pardo should hit the target but Jamie Langfield's gloves remain un-muddied...

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    It's David Wotherspoon who is trying to get up and support St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean, with Croft and O'Halloran deployed on the wings. However, there hasn't been much action in the opposition penalty box to get the home fans excited.

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    Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson is having an outstanding game at the back and he just does enough to put Finnbogason off as the Icelandic striker blazes Sociedad's best chance so far over the top.

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    Ivan Schranz is proving a handful for the St Johnstone defence as his header from a corner flashes over.

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    Chris Millar has a pop from long range but the Saints' midfielder's rising effort whizzes over the crossbar.

  51. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    St Johnstone FC on Twitter: "Opening spell has proven that Spartak Trnava will be a stiff test. Majority of action has been in Saints half."

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    Barry Robson in action for Aberdeen

    Aberdeen reach the half-hour mark at 0-0 but the home side are starting to boss possession...

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    St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus makes a smart double save to deny Ivan Schranz from a corner. The visitors are on top in Perth but it remains goalless.

  54. Post update

    Aberdeen are looking a bit rattled as Bergara blasts a shot narrowly over, with Jamie Langfield relieved to see that one miss the target.

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    Real Sociedad are starting to get into their stride now in what is their first competitive match if the season. Niall McGinn is sloppy in possession and Prieto fires a shot just wide.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin on Twitter: "Let off for Aberdeen. Finnbogason with a free header wide of goal. Real Sociedad 0-0 Aberdeen. Booking for Adam Rooney for challenge on Inigo."

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    FC Spartak Trnava are first to threaten but the effort from Marek Janecka does not trouble St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus.

  58. Post update

    Real Sociedad take aim with their first shot at goal after 16 minutes but Dons midfielder Ryan Jack is in the way of it and goalkeeper Jamie Langfield remains untested.

  59. KICK-OFF

    A packed McDiarmid Park roars in anticipation as the Saints get started...

  60. Post update

    St Johnstone have done well on their European travels of late, beating Rosenborg last season and drawing in Switzerland in the previous round but they haven't won any of their last five matches at home.

    Spartak Trnava were once a powerhouse of Czechoslovak football, reaching the last four of the European Cup in 1969, losing 3-2 to Ajax. The Slovaks are two matches into their domestic campaign and were 3-0 aggregate winners against Zestafoni from Georgia in the last round.

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    Not long to go at McDiarmid Park as fans unveil a large banner with 'In Tommy We Trust', a lovely tribute to Scottish Cup-winning manager Tommy Wright.

  62. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    SPLstats on Twitter: "Real Sociedad's only previous meeting with Scottish opposition was a 3-2 aggregate win over Celtic in the 1982/83 European Cup."

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    It's been a composed start for the visitors at el Anoeta. Jonny Hayes makes a burst forward from left-back but his cross drifts out of play.

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    Real Sociedad finished seventh in La Liga last season, having made the Champions League the term before. French winger Antoine Griezmann has been sold to Atletico Madrid but they still have a few useful players like captain Xabi Prieto and Alfred Finnbogason, the Iceland striker recently signed from Heerenveen.

    Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela misses out through injury.

  65. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen are up and running in Spain...

  66. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Celebrity Saint Colin McCreadie on Twitter: "Gutted to be missing @Stevie__may tonight. Hope @St_Johnstone_FC manage a result without him!"

  67. Post update

    I'll get my cards on the table nice and early. I can't see the games since neither are on the telly (well, not one I can see) and there is no radio coverage either - other than updates during BBC Radio Scotland's Commonwealth Games coverage. I'll be scouring the 'net and using my network of spies across the globe to bring you a multi-media collage of the goings on in Perth and San Sebastian.

  68. LINE-UPS

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Millar Mackay, Wright, Easton, Wotherspoon, Miller, Brown, Croft, O'Halloran, MacLean. Subs: Banks, Scobbie, Anderson, McDonald, Caddis, Kane, D.Easton.

    FC Spartak Trnava: Siva, Janecka, Mikovic, Vlasko, Bortel, Casado-Garsia, Toth, Conka, Sabotage, Schranz, Rusov. Subs: tbc

  69. LINE-UPS

    Real Sociedad: Zubikarai, Elus, Markel, Iñigo, Finnbogason, Prieto, Pardo, Zurutuza, Chory, Zaldua, De la Bella. Subs: Bardají, Mikel, Agirretxe, Canales, Gaztañaga, Granero, Hervías.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Hayes, Flood, Jack, Robson, Pawlett, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Brown, Taylor, Considine, Low, Smith, Goodwillie, Murray.

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    The Dons make one change tonight, as Barry Robson comes in for Andrew Considine. That will mean a shift to left-back for Jonny Hayes.

    Saints star striker Stevie May misses out after picking up a thigh injury in training, so Steven MacLean will lead the line with some help from Lee Croft and Michael O'Halloran.

  71. Post update

    Aberdeen thumped Daugava Riga 8-0 on aggregate before disposing of Dutch side Groningen, while St Johnstone edged out FC Luzern on penalties to get to the third qualifying round. Sadly, Motherwell slipped up in Iceland last week, so they have the night off.

  72. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to our Europa League qualifying coverage. St Johnstone welcome Spartak Trnava to Perth, while Aberdeen are in San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad.