Europa League - featuring Hibernian and St Johnstone

Coverage of the Europa League second qualifying round first-leg ties involving Hibernian and St Johnstone.

18 July 2013 Last updated at 20:35

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  1. 1736: 

    Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of tonight's Europa League qualifiers. Hibernian travel to Sweden to face Malmo, while St Johnstone are in Norway where they play Rosenborg.

  2. 1738: 

    As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on tonight's action either by texting 80295 or on twitter at #bbcsportscotland or straight through to me @steviemillerbbc.

  3. 1740: 

    Malmo FF: Dahlin, Albornoz, Jansson, Johansson, Ricardinho, Hamad, Halsti, Thern, Forsberg, Rantie, Eriksson. Subs: Olsen, Friberg, Kroon, Helander, Fadi, Konate, Cibicki.

    Hibernian: Williams, Stevenson, McPake, Hanlon, Forster, Taiwo, Owain Tudur Jones, Thomson, Handling, Craig, Vine. Subs: Murdoch, Harris, Robertson, Cairney, Mullen, Caldwell, Horribine.

  4. 1741: 

    Rosenborg: Orlund, Gamboa, Reginiussen, Strandberg, Dorsin, Svensson, Jensen, Berntsen, Chibuike, Nielsen, Mikkelsen. Subs: Hansen, Ronning, Dockal, Hoiland, Soderlund, Moe, Selnaes.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Anderson, Wright, Scobbie, Cregg, Millar, Wotherspoon, McDonald, Hasselbaink, MacLean. Subs: Banks, Edwards, Caddis, May, Miller, Easton, Fallon.

  5. 1743: 

    So, former St Johnstone players Liam Craig and Rowan Vine get starting places in the Hibernian line-up, and former Hibs man David Wotherspoon starts for Saints...


    "We've got to keep the game alive, we've got to keep the ball and retain possession and try and nick an away goal," says Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon.

  7. 1747: 

    The dulcet Dundonian tones of Jim Spence are almost drowned out by an unfeasibly loud Norwegian power ballad...surely that can't be hip in Scandinavia?

  8. 1752: 

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "Having seen their team we may have to make a little alteration, it's just matching them up in midfield. If Gary McDonald does have to play higher up to counter them, then he's got the legs for that.

    "We've tried to be as positive as possible, but we've got to be patient and disciplined in our defending as well."

  9. 1755: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence in Trondheim: "Looks to be around three thousand or so here. Saints with a good travelling support."

  10. 1756: 

    Former Hibs forward Joe Tortolano is backing his former club: "Good luck to the Hibs boys the night!!! COME ON THE MIGHTY CABBAGE!!!!"

  11. 1756: 

    Kick-offs in Scandinavia are moments away...there's tension building!

  12. 1759: 

    Ollie Wale: "Saints fan here! Bit worried about our lack of depth in midfield, but hopeful that we can take a decent result to Perth."

    Michael Dart: "Really hope Hibs & Saints can get good results tonight. Scottish football needs all it's teams to be competitive in Europe."

  13. 1759: 

    We're underway! Can Hibs and St Johnstone emulate Celtic's Champions League performance from last night and bring a win back to Scotland?

  14. 1801: 

    Neil Renton from Very Sunny Leith: "I'm a Hibs fan but I fear for us tonight. I've put a cheeky wee wager on Malmo beating us. Pessimist? Realist? Traitor?!"

  15. 1802: 

    "Hibs looking composed at the back," says BBC Sportsound commentator John Barnes. Let's hope that doesn't bring the curse of the commentator...

  16. 1803: 

    So, with both Scottish teams facing Scandinavian opposition tonight, why not stoke up a bit of regional rivalry and tell me which one's better - Norway or Sweden? A-ha or Abba?

    You be the judge: #bbcsportscot or text 80295.

  17. 1807: 

    First chance for Hibernian as Owain Tudor Jones heads over the bar from eight yards out. Still no score...

  18. 1808: 

    Joy Sinclair: "Come on St. Johnstone, we're all right behind you!"

    Isaac Callan: "Not been this nervous in a while, come on Hibs!"

  19. 1809: 

    Malmo get a free-kick in a promising position just outside the box after a block from Hibs captain James McPake on Tokelo Rantie.

  20. 1810: 
    GOAL - Malmo 1-0 Hibernian (Jiloan Hamad 10 mins)

    And the Swedes take advantage as captain Jiloan Hamad curls an exquisite free-kick past Ben Williams and into the net.

  21. 1812: 
    GOAL - Malmo 2-0 Hibernian (Magnus Eriksson 12 mins)

    Simon Thern gets to the byeline and cuts back for Magnus Eriksson to apply the finish with Hibs keeper Ben Williams left helpless.

  22. 1813: 

    That was a sucker punch one-two combination for Hibernian leaving the easter Road side with a real struggle to take something from this match. An away goal now required you would think.

  23. 1814: 

    Meanwhile, in Trondheim, it remains goalless between Rosenborg and St Johnstone. Although David Wotherspoon has sent a drive a yard wide of the Rosenborg goal.

  24. 1818: 
    GOAL - Rosenborg 0-1 St Johnstone (Frazer Wright 18 mins)

    Frazer Wright scored only once for St Johnstone all last season, but he's scored a vital away goal for Saints tonight stabbing the ball home from three yards from a corner.

  25. 1820: 

    St Johnstone fan Kevin Giles ‏is getting understandably carried away after that Frazer Wright goal: "3rd qualifying round draw tomorrow at 1:00pm."

  26. 1824: 

    Rowan Vine clatters a deflected 25-yard effort against the post. How Hibs could have done with that shot flying into the net; desperately unlucky.

  27. 1825: 

    Albabrae: "Watching the live text feed from Spain. Reminds me of watching the Ceefax feed as a kid! #coys"

  28. 1826: 

    BBC Scotland's John Barnes: "Hibs are chasing shadows at the moment."

  29. 1826: 

    Saints keeper Alan Mannus pulls off a great save from Nicki Bille Nielsen, who unleashed an effort only six yards from goal. Saints maintain that one-goal lead.

  30. 1829: 

    Hibs keeper Ben Williams has to look smart to turn an effort from Markus Halsti past his right-hand post.

  31. 1832: 

    Hibs under pressure again as Jordon Forster gives away another free-kick in a dangerous position.

  32. 1834: 

    Jordon Forster gives away another free-kick, and this one will have his manager fizzing as he pushes Emil Forsberg in the Malmo box with Hibs threatening.

  33. 1836: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "Hibs have got to stop the flow that was causing them problems."

  34. 1838: 

    Danny Handling picks up from Rowan Vine's lay-off to lash a shot narrowly wide - better from Hibs.

  35. 1839: 

    I almost put the jinx on Hibs there as Ben Williams is forced into another great save from an Emil Forsberg effort, with Malmo going close from the resultant corner, Pontus Jansson heading over.

  36. 1840: 

    Saints defender Steven Anderson picks up a booking for a foul on John Chibuike...but the Perth men still have that crucial lead in Trondheim.

  37. 1843: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "At the moment Hibs are feeding off scraps in the final third. But I think Hibs know there's a goal in this game if they get forward in numbers; the Malmo defence aren't the best."

  38. 1844: 

    Malmo 2-0 Hibernian

  39. 1845: 

    Rosenborg 0-1 St Johnstone

  40. 1847: 

    Contrasting fortunes for the Scottish clubs at the halfway stage this evening, with Hibernian toiling in Malmo to overturn a two-goal deficit, but St Johnstone enjoying a one-goal advantage in Norway.

  41. 1852: 

    BBC Sportsound's Billy Dodds has been impressed by the Saints performance: "It's been pretty comfortable - you don't want to say that when it's a Scottish team, but they have looked comfortable. They've enjoyed plenty of possession and have grown in confidence."

  42. 1852: 

    BBC Sportsound's Mixu Paatelainen offers some advice to St Johnstone: "The discipline has to be important for the second-half, Rosenborg will throw everything at them; but what a scoreline it would be to take back to Scotland."

  43. 1853: 

    Steve in Edinburgh thinks Craig Paterson is being overly optimistic: "Malmo slightly shakey at the back Craig ? What does that make Hibs then?!"

  44. 1856: 

    Hibs fan Andy Stewart is also unimpressed by his side's delay: ‏"Not suprised that Hibs are down after watching us at Raith on Friday past. Hope we can hold it together for the remainder."

  45. 1900: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "Hibs have got 45 minutes to get themselves back into this game. They know Malmo are vulnerable at the back, so, if they shore up at the back, I think they can create a chance."

  46. 1902: 

    We're back underway in Sweden...

  47. 1902: 

    Ben Williams to the rescue for Hibs again as the Hibs keeper makes a great block to deny Tokelo Rantie, who was clear through one-on-one.

  48. 1904: 

    We're also underway again in Trondheim.

  49. 1905: 

    Ben Williams pulls off yet another save as the visiting defence is carved open again - the Hibs keeper has definitely earned his wages tonight.

  50. 1908: 

    The vociferous Malmo fans howl in disgust as James McPake wins a free-kick after the Hibernian skipper looked to have fouled the Malmo forward. Malmo still enjoying the upper hand.

  51. 1909: 

    Jiloan Hamad comes close to grabbing his second of the night as he hammers a shot after picking up the ball in the box, but again Ben Williams is equal to the effort. A terrific performance from the keeper.

  52. 1910: 

    Tom Watson: "I fear Hibs could be heading for their worst defeat in Europe since they last appeared in Europe."

  53. 1912: 

    St Johnstone almost score again as a chipped shot from David Wotherspoon deflects and Rosenborg's Swedish keeper Daniel Orlund does well to dive to his right to palm the ball away for a corner.

  54. 1914: 

    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon makes a change in the midfield as his side remain under the cosh. Owain Tudor Jones comes off to be replaced by Scott Robertson.

  55. 1915: 

    Steven MacLean's 52nd minute shot goes a couple of yards wide as Saints keep the pressure on. The Perth side still 1-0 up in Norway.

  56. 1916: 

    A rampant Malmo almost put the tie beyond Hibs as a Simon Thern thunderous effort cannons back off the crossbar. Ben Williams eventually gathers, but Hibs under all sorts of pressure.

  57. 1918: 

    BBC Sportsound's John Barnes: "Hibs are living dangerously as the game starts to open up."

  58. 1919: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "Every time Hibs are faced with a one-on-one situation the Malmo players are that bit sharper."

    Is it time for the summer football debate again?

  59. 1920: 

    Chris in Stirling: "A Saints win tonight would be great for Scottish football and a big boost for the coefficient. Celtic can't do it all by themselves."

  60. 1923: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "That might be the best bit of possession Hibs have had all match - 17 passes. They've got to take a bit of confidence from that."

  61. 1923: 

    A yellow card for Hibs as Tom Taiwo is booked for coming onto the field without permission after tying his bootlaces off the field of play. BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson is unimpressed with the referee.

    Rosenborg v St Johnstone The St Johnstone players pile up on goalscorer Frazer Wright after his close-range finish gives them a crucial lead in the Lerkendal Stadion.
  63. 1926: 

    St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus is called into action again to deny two Rosenborg efforts as Gwion Edwards replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.

  64. 1929: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson urges caution for the remainder of the match for Hibs: "A big 19 minutes to come. If Hibs can keep it like this, then you never know what can happen at Easter Road."

  65. 1930: 

    Anonymous: "Sitting here in Perth listening to the radio. Super Saints doing the business. An away win would be amazing!"

    John from Edinburgh: "If Hibs can stay in touch within a few goals they have a fighting chance at Easter Road. Malmo are mid-season and top of the League and past European Cup Finalists so no fools."

  66. 1932: 

    Hibs players are starting to tire on a hot evening in Malmo. This could be dangerous against a side who are halfway through their season.

  67. 1933: 

    Winger Alex Harris is coming on for Hibernian, replacing central midfielder Kevin Thomson - is that a sign of a more attacking switch in tactics for Hibs?

  68. 1936: 

    Just over ten minutes to go in Trondheim, can Saints hold on for what would be a momentous result in the club's history?

  69. 1937: 

    Andy in Bridge of Earn: "Saints playing really well hope they can hold on great for Scottish football wish I was there."

    John in Aberdeen: "Counting down the minutes till that ref blows the final whistle...Come on the Saints!!!"

  70. 1939: 

    BBC Sportsound's John Barnes: "The temperature's dropped to 21 degrees; as they say back in the old country, it's 'taps-aff' weather."

  71. 1940: 

    Another change for Hibs, as debutant Rowan Vine comes off after a lonely shift up front, replaced by Ross Caldwell.

  72. 1941: 

    And a substitution for St Johnstone in Trondheim as Gary Miller comes on for David Wotherspoon - which tells you Saints are looking to close out the game defensively.

  73. 1943: 

    Former Saints striker Cillian Sheridan: "Hopefully don't jinx it, but would be a great result for St.Johnstone if they keep it like this."

  74. 1944: 

    Tom Taiwo is presented with the ball in a shooting position, but his effort was never going to beat Malmo keeper Johan Dahlin.

  75. 1947: 

    Hibs are finishing the match strongly, forcing a series of corners; but the Malmo defence stand firm. Four minutes of stoppage time in Sweden.

  76. 1948: 

    Saints substitute Gwion Edwards - who loves a shot from distance - blasts a 22-yard drive over the Rosenborg crossbar. Rapidly approaching stoppage time in Trondheim.

  77. 1950: 

    Rosenborg captain Tore Reginiussen passes up a chance in injury time, heading over the Saints crossbar from eight yards out. Could that be the last chance for the Norwegians to level?

  78. 1951: 

    Malmo 2-0 Hibernian

  79. 1952: 

    Rosenborg 0-1 St Johnstone

  80. 1952: 

    BBC Sportsound Billy Dodds: "This is just the tonic Scottish football needed. Celtic winning last night, that was expected, this wasn't."

  81. 1953: 

    A fantastic result for St Johnstone against a club with 20 times the playing budget of the Perth men.

  82. 1954: 

    Not such a good night for Hibs, although, a two-goal deficit is not impossible to overturn.

  83. 1955: 

    We'll bring you post-match reaction as soon as we can...

  84. 1958: 

    BBC Sportsound's Mixu Paatelainen is still positive about Hibs' chances of progress: "One thing's for certain, Hibs have to attack from the start and get the fans behind them. Today, Malmo were stronger, they were more ready. Hibs will have learned a lot form this match too - there's plenty in this tie still."

  85. 2000: 

    It's St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright's first competitive match in charge and what a result. They go back to an unbeaten European record in Perth as well.

  86. 2002: 

    David Low: "Rosenborg! Your guys took a hell of a beating, etc etc… #brave"

  87. 2004: 

    The Sportsound pundits are using words like "structured" and "disciplined" to describe St Johnstone's win in Norway - and they imagine the tactics will be similar in the home leg.

  88. 2006: 

    Blair Laidlaw is taking Hibs' defeat well: "When I kick the bucket I'm going to get some of the Hibs players to put my coffin in the grave to let me down one last time."

    Come on Blair! The second leg is a whole new game!

  89. 2014: 

    "Controlled agression," is how BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson thinks Hibs can overturn that two-goal deficit.

  90. 2017: 

    BBC Sportsound's Craig Paterson: "I hate to say I expect St Johnstone to get through, but they've put themselves in a position where they should get through. But Scottish teams have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot - let's hope that doesn't happen next Thursday."

  91. 2018: 

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "We were magnificent. I said we could come here and do something. Their fitness was fantastic."

  92. 2018: 

    So, Morten Harket...Edvard Munch...anyone else you can suggest took a hell of a beating from Saints tonight?

  93. 2021: 

    Still waiting on more post-match reaction from both games...

  94. 2022: 

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "It was a magnificent performance to get that result. We came here with a lot of belief and the players have bought into that. That's what got us the result.

    "From the first whistle we played some good football on the counter-attack and I'm so proud of the players and how they went about their business.

    "I know we're only halfway through the tie, but you don't get nights like this very ofrten and the players are a credit to Scottish football."

  95. 2027: 

    St Johnstone goalscorer Frazer Wright: "We had a plan and we worked to it and maybe could have got another goal. We knew we could be disciplined and try to get a 0-0 or maybe nick a goal.

    "It gives us a great chance, we just need to go in with the same attitude."

  96. 2033: 

    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon: "It was a difficult game for us, they're a decent side, they're movement was very good. We weathered the storm after a sloppy start.

    "We conceded a goal and got a bit edgy, but we're not without hope as we created a few chances away from home and it'll be a different game at Easter Road.

    "If we get a goal then it changes the game, the key is not conceding the first goal."

  97. 2033: 

    Well, there we go. Work to do for Hibs, but a tremendous result for St Johnstone. Thanks for your company tonight, and citizens of Perth, have a wonderful evening.

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