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Keir Murray

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  1. Post update

    It's time to step away from the PC, stretch and wonder when we'll see a few Scottish teams getting beyond the qualifying rounds of Europe's football competitions. Thanks very much indeed for navigating to BBC Sport's offering this evening. It's very much appreciated. All the best.

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    OK, so well done to Hull City on their 2-1 win this evening. For Scottish football fans, there is only one team left in Europe - Celtic. As things stand, they are in the play-off round for the Europa League, but they might possibly receive a Champions League reprieve, depending on how Uefa punish Legia Warsaw for fielding an ineligible player.

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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "In the second half we didn't control the ball enough but didn't look in any danger. I can't praise the players enough for what they put in. To be unbeaten in four away games in Europe is some achievement but unfortunately it is not enough tonight. The squad isn't the biggest in terms of senior players. Their goal was a mistake - Gary (Miller) knows. There were a few tired legs out there tonight. They put in a shift. They have just fallen short. In reality, we lost the game at home. We'll regroup and we'll go again. If it is (Stevie May's last match for Saints), he has given us everything again tonight. He is a pleasure to work with."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "When you come up against quality like that, there is very little you can do when they pass it by you like that."

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    Hull will discover who they'll meet in the Europa League play-off round when the draw is made on Friday. It should be a cracking atmosphere at their next home tie, with the group stages of the Europa League the prize. Well done, Sone Aluko!

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    Derek McInnes continued

    "We chased that next goal as if it was the last two or three minutes of the game. I said to the players that if Sociedad were going to put us out of Europe they would need to scrap for it and I think they did that. We have our heads held high. We have the supporters with us. We'll get the legs rested and get ready to go again."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "It was a magnificent goal by Reynolds. We wanted to make sure they had moments of doubt. We were a bit too enthusiastic. We were rushing it. We tried to score right away when we needed cool heads. They picked us off. We pushed a good side. I know they were concerned. I was delighted to watch my team play with such confidence and enthusiasm."

  8. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Mctimmy: "#bbcsportscot what an effort from aberdeen considering real sociedad will at least get to the last 32."

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    Mark Reynolds rises to head home Aberdeen's second goal

    Mark Reynolds rises to head home Aberdeen's second goal, giving the fans hope, albeit short-lived, of a comeback.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "It was a fabulous performance by Aberdeen."

  11. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Craig Watson: "#bbcsportscot Scotland needs a stronger League set-up so that teams in Europe will handle Euro competitions better. Dons look as though they could have a great season ahead... Looking forward to them making a serious league challenge."

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    Jack in Edinburgh: "The SPLF should ban these horrible horns immediately. Nothing more likely to empty football grounds."


    Aberdeen 2-3 Real Sociedad (agg 2-5)

    The home fans give Aberdeen a standing ovation for their efforts against the team that finished seventh in La Liga last season. An excellent effort by the Scots but they ran out of steam and had no answer to the guile of Sociedad sub Canales.

  14. GOAL

    Aberdeen 2-3 Real Sociedad (Bergara) (agg 2-5)

    It's a sore one for Aberdeen to take as Sergio Canales flights a ball from the right on to the head of Bergara who gives Jamie Langfield no chance.


    Hull City 2-1 AS Trencin (agg 2-1)

    Steve Bruce takes his men into the play-off round for the Europa League with a victory at home to the Slovaks, who gave the English side an almighty fright with a second-minute goal.

  16. GOAL

    Aberdeen 2-2 Real Sociedad (Prieto pen) (agg 2-4)

    Xabi Prieto scores from the spot with a casual chip into the middle of the goal, as Jamie Langfield dives helplessly to his left.


    Real Sociedad have a penalty after Shaleum Logan concedes the spot kick.

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    Sone Aluko slams home Hull's second against AS Trencin

    Sone Aluko slams home Hull's second against AS Trencin to put the home side in control of the tie.

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    And it's the same player, the elegant Canales, who slides through the Dons' defence and cracks a shot just wide of the other side of the Aberdeen goal. Aberdeen can't get hold of the ball just now.

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    Real Sociedad's Sergio Canales gets on the ball on the edge of the box and curls a lovely shot just wide of Jamie Langfield's right-hand post. That would have killed the tie off had it gone in but the Dons have 11 minutes to score twice.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Toniwater: "#bbcsportscot Canales on to close this out, he's a class player but has been hampered by injuries. Super effort by The Dons!"

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes punches the air in delight as Mark Reynolds heads home the Dons' second goal.

  23. GOAL

    Hull City 2-1 AS Trencin (Aluko)

    What a precious goal that could be for Hull by Sone Aluko. There are only 10 minutes to go at the KC Stadium.

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    Real Sociedad are resorting to hoofing the ball up the park. They are definitely rattled but as the Reds push forward they will be a danger on the counter-attack.

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    Real Sociedad's Castro is off to be replaced by Sergio Canales. For the Dons, Adam Rooney comes on for Peter Pawlett. Rooney will team up with David Goodwillie up front.

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    Peter Pawlett follows up on David Goodwillie's saved effort to score Aberdeen's first goal at Pittodrie.

    Peter Pawlett follows up on David Goodwillie's saved effort to score Aberdeen's first goal at Pittodrie.

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    The attendance at Pittodrie is 17,676, all but 200 of whom are roaring Aberdeen on. "If they get another goal this stadium is just going to explode," opines BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds.

  28. GOAL

    Aberdeen 2-1 Real Sociedad (Reynolds)

    Well, well. Niall McGinn makes a tremendous run down the left wing and lofts the ball over for Mark Reynolds, who rises well to nod the ball home. Pittodrie goes bonkers. Now they need two more in the final 33 minutes.

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    So, a quick summary. Hull are tied at 1-1 with Slovak side AS Trencin on the night and on aggregate. The Tigers must score again or they are heading out on the away goals rule. Aberdeen are level with Real Sociedad at Pittodrie this evening - it's 1-1 - but they trail 3-1 on aggregate so they must score three goals in the remaining 36 minutes without conceding. St Johnstone drew 1-1 in Slovakia with Sparta Trnava but are out 3-2 on aggregate. Not a great situation all round.


    Jonny Hayes is shown a yellow card for a bad tackle, lunging in on the Real Sociedad player after being denied a soft penalty claim.

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    It's great to see Pittodrie so busy but my-oh-my, those hooters are murder. At least they'll keep the seagulls at bay. Aberdeen kick off for the second half. They require three goals.

  32. Text us on 80295

    Jenni: "Tonight could have been the last time we saw Stevie May in a St Johnstone shirt. I hope it's not, but if it is he has been a tremendous player for the Saints, and he would leave with the best wishes of all our club's fans."

  33. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Rian Hoskins: "If Hull do go out of the EUROPA League, it could help their PL survival bid but many Hull players will want to play in Europe #bbcsportscot"

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "If Aberdeen get another goal anything is possible but it's a huge ask because of that away goal."

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    Xabi Prieto's goal for Real Sociedad looks to have ended Aberdeen's chances in the Europa League unless they can score three without reply in the second half

    Xabi Prieto's goal for Real Sociedad looks to have ended Aberdeen's chances in the Europa League unless they can score three without reply in the second half.


    Aberdeen 1-1 Real Sociedad (agg 1-3)

  37. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-1 Real Sociedad (Pawlett) (agg 1-3)

    David Goodwillie half-hits a shot at goal in a congested penalty area and his shot is parried by the Spanish goalkeeper, but in steps Peter Pawlett to smash the ball into the net and level the score on the night. Aberdeen need

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    David Goodwillie passes for Niall McGinn and his final ball is as honking as the 5,000 Aberdeen hooters as it floats into the arms of the Real Sociedad keeper.


    Hull 1-1 AS Trencin


    Spartak Trnava 1-1 St Johnstone (agg 3-2)

    It was a brave effort by Saints and they were given a boost when Stevie May scored before half-time. However, a mistake by Gary Miller allowed the Slovakians in on goal and they proceed to the play-off round of the Europa League. We'll have reaction on the website as soon as possible. Our reporter Jim Spence will be chasing Saints boss Tommy Wright for a word.

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    Now, here's an interesting development... Legia Warsaw, who defeated Celtic in the Champions League, have admitted they are under investigation for fielding an ineligible player.

    The Polish champions released a statement on their website: "In connection with the second-leg match in the third qualifying round of the Champions League between Celtic and Legia Warsaw, Uefa has opened an investigation on the participation by Bartosz Bereszyński."

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    There are four minutes of injury time. Can Stevie May conjure up a chance or score perhaps his final goal for the club?

  43. Post update

    We're into the final minute in Slovakia. Come on, Saints! One goal to take it into 30 minutes of extra time!

  44. GOAL

    Aberdeen 0-1 Real Sociedad (Prieto)

    A corner kick is floated in towards the near post of Jamie Langfield's goal and Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto manages to flick the ball behind him and into the net after 28 minutes. An uphill struggle now for the Dons as they are 3-0 behind on aggregate. They have to score four times.

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    At Pittodrie, the danger of the Spanish side is apparent as they break quickly from an Aberdeen corner, but Shaleum Logan is up to the task at the edge of Jamie Langfield's box and it remains goalless.

  46. GOAL

    Spartak Trnava 1-1 St Johnstone (Mikovic)

    A defensive error allows Martin Mikovic to race in on keeper Alan Mannus and his goal means St Johnstone have to score to take the game into extra-time.

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    St Johnstone have 10 minutes in which to find a second goal or they are heading out on the away goals rule. It's 2-2 on aggregate but the Slovakians, remember, scored twice in Perth.

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    BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "Jack was just offside, marginally, but ultimately a good decision. The Aberdeen support sense that something good is going to happen."

  49. GOAL

    Hull 1-1 AS Trencin (Ahmed Elmohamady 27)


    Aberdeen's Ryan Jack has the ball in the net from a Niall McGinn corner, but he and two of his team-mates are judged off-side.

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    Willo Flood has a bit of a nightmare in front of his own goal. A really weak pass-back is intercepted by a Real Sociedad player but to the relief of the Aberdeen fans, the shot is blocked. Still goalless.


    Ivan Schranz heads the ball downwards towards the St Johnstone goal and Alan Mannus makes a superb save to keep his team in front.

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    The Aberdeen support have maintained the blowing of the horns the club have handed out to the fans and there's plenty of singing mixed in too. What a great atmosphere at Pittodrie.

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    Peter Pawlett is brought down a couple of feet from the left-hand edge of the Real Sociedad box but the resultant free-kick is poor. It's been a really frantic start to the game at Pittodrie in the opening five minutes with both sides passing well on what looks like an excellent surface.

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    Stevie May

    Stevie May has given the Perth Saints a fighting chance in Slovakia with his goal just before half-time.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    Robert Spencer: "#bbcsportscot Finnbogason at Sociedad was a great striker with Heerenveen last season, only Ronaldo and Suarez scored more goals last season"

  57. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen and Real Sociedad have kicked off their match in lovely sunshine at Pittodrie.

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    Angus the Bull, the Dons mascot, is on his hind legs imploring the home fans to make plenty of noise.

  59. Text us on 80295

    Anonymous: "I don't think anyone is meaning to offend Rotherham, but like the Saints, they don't get the headlines that other clubs get so a lot of people are asking whether an offer from the Millers matches St Johnstone's profile rather than Stevie May's goals - if they get through this, the profile of both will rocket."

  60. Join the debate at #bbcsportscot

    John McEnerney: "#bbcsportscot The Dons wont get much change out of RS, top 5 side in La Liga & as Canales showed they've class & strength in depth! However, fair play to St Johnstone, they've made a game of this! Crucial time to score, lets see how both sides react in the 2nd half. Game on!"

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

    "It looks to me like Spartak are happy to settle for this and go through on away goals."

  62. GOAL

    Hull 0-1 AS Trencin (Tomas Malec)

    It's the worst start possible for Steve Bruce's side as they concede in the second minute. At least the Tigers have almost the whole match to put the situation right.

  63. KICK-OFF

    Hull are under way against AS Trencin at the KC Stadium.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "We're playing with two strikers tonight, which hopefully will curtail at least one of their full-backs. We've got pace in Pawlett and Hayes. Hopefully it causes them problems and the momentum goes our way. They'll anticipate us coming out the traps. The onus is on us to force the issue. If they get that goal then the task near impossible but we're not thinking that way."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on the 5,000 "Aberdeen hooters" that have been issued to the fans for the visit of Real Sociedad: "When I first got told about vuvuzelas I thought it was a signing we were making!"

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    Summer signing Robert Snodgrass will make his full Hull debut as Steve Bruce switches three players for the visit of Slovakia's AS Trencin. The former Norwich midfielder appeared off the bench in the goalless first leg in Slovakia, but is in the starting line-up at a sold-out KC Stadium.

    David Meyler makes way for the Scotland international, with Bruce also replacing striker Sone Aluko with Yannick Sagbo and fielding winger Robbie Brady instead of Liam Rosenior.

  67. LINE-UPS

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

    Real Sociedad: Zubikarai, Zaldua, Markel, Elustondo, De la Bella, Prieto, Castro, Zurutuza, Pardo, Martinez, Finnbogason. Subs: Rulli, Carlos Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, Agirretxe, Ansotegui, Canales, Granero.


    Spartak Trnava 0-1 St Johnstone

  69. LINE-UPS

    Hull City: McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Livermore, Brady, Long, Sagbo. Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Meyler, McShane, Ince, Aluko, Quinn.

    AS Trencin: Volesak, Cogley, Ramon, Klescik, Malek, Kubik, Hajradinovic, Lobotka, Misak, Moses, Holubek. Subs: Semrinec, Skovajsa, Rundic, Baris, Mondek, Opatovsky.

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    BBC Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "You could see it coming. Tam Scobbie waltzed through three of four 4 Spartak players, a cute pass and then a wonderful strike from Stevie May. St Johnstone just need to get to half-time. Brilliant."

  71. GOAL

    Spartak Trnava 0-1 St Johnstone (May)

    With only three minutes until half-time, long-haired striker Stevie May pops the ball on to his let foot and hammers a shot into the net, via a welcome deflection, to give St Johnstone hope.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

    "Tommy Wright is out trying to get St Johnstone to calm down. The last 10 minutes it's been all Spartak Trnava."

  73. Post update

    The draw for the Europa League play-off round is tomorrow. I'm thinking Hull might be the only one of the trio of British teams in action tonight to get through. I really hope all three make it.

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    We're half an hour away from Hull making their home European debut. The Tigers are playing in Europe as a reward for reaching last season's FA Cup final, which they lost 3-2 to Arsenal.

  75. Text us on 80295

    David in Rotherham: "'Stevie May is a top, top talent, a real good player. Is Rotherham the right club for him?' - Do the people who report at your games know anything about football? So patronising towards the smaller clubs. Does he know what the Millers have achieved in the last 2 years? With Pringle and co delivering crosses he would get 20 goals per season for us minimum!!"

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

    "This is the perfect away performance in Europe so far. The shape is good. The only problem is Scobbie has a rag in his hand wiping the blood away constantly."

  77. Post update

    Poor Tam Scobbie is being treated for a cut to his head. Saints won't want to make any changes so early in the game.

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    Stevie May

    Striker Stevie May could be playing his last match for St Johnstone with Rotherham described by Saints boss Tommy Wright as "persistent" in their pursuit of him.

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    Oooooh! So close for the Perth Saints as Trnava keeper Dobrivoj Rusov makes a fingertip save to deny Stevie May.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

    "They look absolutely terrified of Stevie May. He has scored so many goals for St Johnstone. There are two or three men round him all the time. They are a very sharp side. They break quickly."

  81. Post update

    Aberdeen have made two changes from the first leg last week, with Andrew Considine in for Barry Robson and David Goodwillie replacing Adam Rooney.

    Looks like a starting 11 of: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Considine, Flood, Jack, McGinn, Pawlett, Hayes, Goodwillie.

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    My Saints-supporting friend feels Spartak Trnava looked a good side in the first leg. He's pessimistic about his team's chances of reaching the play-off round but I think he's just too scared to be confident. A crowd of 4,000 are watching the game.

  83. Post update

    We're hearing Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will give striker David Goodwillie his first start for the Dons against Real Sociedad this evening. Looks like Adam Rooney is the man to make way.

  84. Text us on 80295

    David in Glasgow: "See the dross Celtic have signed for up front recently? Stevie May and Johnny are far superior to them. They could've done a job for Celtic and be improved as well. There's a lot of talent in Scotland, ignored by Celtic."

  85. KICK-OFF

    And we're off in Slovakia. The weather is glorious, reports commentator Jim Spence, and there's a great atmosphere in the ground. Perfect, surely, for a Saints comeback... Remember, they trail 2-1 from the first leg in Perth.

  86. Post update

    Now, kick-off approaches in Slovakia. Spartak Trnava are playing 60km away from their home ground.

  87. Post update

    BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston on Stevie May

    "He's a top, top talent, a real good player. Is Rotherham the right club for him? He needs to go to a club that will create chances for him, because he is a goalscorer."

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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "We are looking to get as many people forward as possible to cause them problems. Stevie May is very much our player. They are all motivated. We have got to keep the ball better. We have to get our full backs up the pitch. If we retain the ball better we can cause them problems. We'll set up 4-1-4-1."

  89. LINE-UPS

    Spartak Trnava: Rusov, Siva, Janecka, Bortel, Toth, Conka, Mikovic, Vlasko, Casado Garcia, Sabo, Schranz. Subs: Strapak, Grabez, Richnak, Vyskocil, Spalek, Mikinic, Kasaj.

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

  90. Post update

    Our first match is in Slovakia where St Johnstone are trying to overturn a 2-1 defeat by Spartak Trnava. The kick-off for that one is in quarter of an hour.

  91. Post update

    A very good evening, all. Like nibbling on a Viennese whirl, we have a taste of the continent for you as we sample three Europa League third-round second-leg matches.