St Johnstone lose to Minsk on penalties

Uladzimir Bushma saves Steven MacLeand's penalty for St Johnstone

St Johnstone were knocked out of the Europa League qualifiers on penalties by Minsk in Perth after squandering their first-leg lead.

Milos Rnic's 75th-minute shot levelled the tie, cancelling out Stevie MacLean's solitary first-leg strike.

With no winner in extra-time, Dave MacKay and Paddy Cregg missed from the spot, while Vital Kibuk and Syarhey Kazeka missed for Minsk.

MacLean's spot-kick was saved by keeper Uladzimir Bushma to see Minsk through.

The visitors' Sergey Sosnovskiy was shown a red card in the wake of the shoot-out win, with the defender having been booked in regulation time.

Belarusian side Minsk knew they would have to end the hosts' 42-year unbeaten record at home in European contests to turn the tie in their favour.

With just over 10 minutes played, Sosnovskiy gave away a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but MacKay's dead ball effort was the first of a series of St Johnstone free-kicks to clear the crossbar.

Roman Begunov sent a header over the Saints bar from a Roman Vasilyuk corner.

May was thwarted by Bushma when the Belarusian keeper blocked a shot near the half-hour mark and the hard-working David Wotherspoon crossed for Nigel Hasselbaink to head wide of Minsk's goal.

Minsk players celebrating
Rnic (left) levelled the tie on aggregate

The Dutchman should have opened the scoring moments later with a shot that shaved the right-hand post.

Shortly after the restart, MacLean shot wide, then headed over the Minsk crossbar from close range.

Saints were stunned in the 75th minute when Alan Mannus was beaten by Rnic, who delivered a swerving shot to level the tie.

The visitors, with a new sense of purpose, upped a gear and immediately pressed for a winning goal.

As regulation time trickled away, MacKay's well-struck free-kick was parried by Bushma, and the keeper then gathered to all but confirm extra-time.

Aleksandr Sverchinski and May had attempts at goal in the first period, but neither could put their side ahead.

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Another save from Bushma kept May out in the second period then MacLean came close to securing progress with a late effort from three yards out.

The penalty shoot-out ensued and Vasilyuk sent Mannus the wrong way for the first of the spot-kicks before MacKay's effort was saved.

Andrey Razin scored to put the visitors in the driving seat before Cregg missed the target altogether.

Aleksandr Sverchinskiy made it three for Minsk, then Rory Fallon reduced the deficit before Kibuk was thwarted and Gwion Edwards brought it to 2-3.

When Kozeka missed his effort, it was down to MacLean, who watched in dismay as his effort from the spot was stopped by Bushma.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Scobie
  • 05 Wright Booked
  • 06 Anderson
  • 04 Cregg Booked
  • 08 McDonald
  • 10 Wotherspoon (Edwards - 104' )
  • 09 MacLean
  • 11 Hasselbaink (Millar - 66' )
  • 17 May (Fallon - 108' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Banks
  • 16 Caddis
  • 19 Miller
  • 24 Easton
  • 07 Millar
  • 14 Edwards
  • 27 Fallon

Minsk

  • 01 Bushma
  • 02 Begunov Booked
  • 03 Sosnovskiy Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Sverchinski
  • 11 Sachivko Booked
  • 27 Rnic Booked
  • 15 Gorbushin (Razin - 54' )
  • 20 Mayevskiy (Makas - 72' )
  • 77 Kibuk Booked
  • 88 Bukatkin Booked (Kozeka - 77' )
  • 10 Vasilyuk

Substitutes

  • 30 Dechko
  • 05 Ostroukh
  • 06 Razin
  • 07 Kozeka
  • 16 Shumilov
  • 23 Buloychik
  • 21 Makas
Ref: Pavle Radovanovic
Att: 8,594

Match Stats

Shots

18 10

On target

8 3

Corners

1 2

Fouls

11 33

Live Text Commentary

126:42 Dismissal

Dismissal

126:42

Red card for Sergey Sosnovskiy.

125:55

Placed penalty taken by Steven MacLean saved by Vladimir Bushma.

125:08

A save by Alan Mannus from penalty by Sergei Kozeka.

124:37 Penalty

Gwion Edwards scores a penalty. St Johnstone 2-3 Minsk on penalties.

123:59

Penalty taken by Vitali Kibuk saved by Alan Mannus.

123:37 Penalty

Rory Fallon scores a penalty. St Johnstone 1-3 Minsk on penalties.

122:50 Penalty

Penalty scored by Aleksandr Sverchinski. St Johnstone 0-3 Minsk on penalties.

122:11

Spot kick missed by Patrick Cregg.

121:33 Penalty

Andrey Razin scores a penalty. St Johnstone 0-2 Minsk on penalties.

120:53

Penalty taken by David MacKay saved by Vladimir Bushma.

120:02 Penalty

Roman Vasilyuk scores a penalty. St Johnstone 0-1 Minsk on penalties.

120:01

The players are ready for the drama of the penalty shoot-out.

120:00 +1:42

The match is going to penalties.

119:42 Booking

Booking

119:39

Patrick Cregg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergei Kozeka. Patrick Cregg goes into the referee's book. Roman Vasilyuk takes the free kick.

118:27

Steven MacLean takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

117:39

Gwion Edwards takes a shot. Vladimir Bushma catches the ball.

116:31

Roman Vasilyuk takes a shot.

114:58

Gwion Edwards takes a shot. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

111:50

The referee blows for offside against Aleksandr Makas. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

111:27

Patrick Cregg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergei Kozeka. Free kick taken by Aleksandr Sachivko.

110:45

The ball is delivered by Chris Millar. Clearance by Aleksandr Sverchinski.

108:59

Foul by Chris Millar on Vitali Kibuk, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aleksandr Sachivko.

108:38

Steven MacLean takes a shot. Vladimir Bushma catches the ball.

107:44

Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

107:44 Substitution

Substitution Rory Fallon is brought on as a substitute for Stevie May.

107:44

Aleksandr Makas challenges Steven Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

107:17

The official flags Chris Millar offside. Vladimir Bushma takes the free kick.

105:01

The referee starts the second half of extra time.

105:00 +1:03

Stevie May challenges Sergey Sosnovskiy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vladimir Bushma takes the free kick.

105:00 +0:33

The ball is delivered by Stevie May. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

104:48

Corner from the left by-line taken by Roman Vasilyuk. Frazer Wright makes a clearance.

102:57

Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

102:57 Substitution

Substitution Gwion Edwards on for David Wotherspoon.

102:57

Aleksandr Makas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright.

101:56

Aleksandr Sverchinski takes a shot.

101:19

Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

98:37

Aleksandr Makas challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

97:41

Unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Vitali Kibuk results in a free kick. David MacKay takes the free kick.

97:22

A cross is delivered by Patrick Cregg. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

95:38

Centre by David MacKay. Vladimir Bushma catches the ball.

91:41 Booking

Booking

91:05

Vitali Kibuk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon. Unfair challenge on Sergey Sosnovskiy by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Vladimir Bushma restarts play with the free kick. Frazer Wright is given a yellow card.

90:35

Vitali Kibuk challenges David MacKay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

90:00 +3:35

The whistle goes to signal the end of normal time, with extra time looming.

90:00 +0:54

Steven MacLean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Vladimir Bushma.

89:33

Unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Roman Begunov results in a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the free kick. Sergey Sosnovskiy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie May. Strike on goal comes in from David MacKay from the free kick. Vladimir Bushma catches the ball.

85:01

Foul by Roman Vasilyuk on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

81:12

Gary McDonald is caught offside. Vladimir Bushma takes the free kick.

79:08 Booking

Booking

79:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Begunov on Stevie May. Roman Begunov goes into the book. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick. Steven MacLean takes a shot. Andrey Razin gets a block in.

76:21 Substitution

Substitution Sergei Kozeka is brought on as a substitute for Nikita Bukatkin.

74:42

Nikita Bukatkin provided the assist for the goal.

74:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Milos Rnic - St J'stone 0 - 1 Minsk Milos Rnic grabs a goal with a left foot finish. St Johnstone 0 (1)-(1) 1 Minsk.

72:16 Booking

Booking

72:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Aleksandr Sachivko. Caution for Aleksandr Sachivko. Stevie May takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Aleksandr Makas on for Ivan Mayevskiy.

70:28

Nikita Bukatkin challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

68:40

Andrey Razin takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

67:39 Booking

Booking

67:28

Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Milos Rnic results in a free kick. Milos Rnic goes into the referee's book. Tom Scobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick. Vladimir Bushma gets a fist to the ball to punch .

66:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Roman Vasilyuk. Free kick taken by Nikita Bukatkin.

65:37 Substitution

Substitution Nigel Hasselbaink leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Millar.

64:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandr Sachivko on Stevie May. David Wotherspoon sends in a cross. Header by Frazer Wright misses right.

62:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikita Bukatkin by David Wotherspoon. Aleksandr Sachivko fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

62:22

Unfair challenge on Stevie May by Roman Begunov results in a free kick. Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.

60:32

Unfair challenge on Vitali Kibuk by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Roman Vasilyuk.

59:30

Aleksandr Sachivko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon goes out of play.

57:49

Roman Vasilyuk challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

56:19

Foul by Aleksandr Sverchinski on Stevie May, free kick awarded. David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

54:16

Header at goal by Steven MacLean goes over the frame of the goal.

53:06 Substitution

Substitution (Minsk) makes a substitution, with Andrey Razin coming on for Dmitri Gorbushin.

52:40

Shot by Steven MacLean went wide of the right-hand upright.

51:47

Stevie May takes a shot. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

50:25

Vitali Kibuk takes a shot.

46:19

Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Dmitri Gorbushin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon restarts the game.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:47

Nikita Bukatkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald. Stevie May produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Sergey Sosnovskiy.

43:13 Booking

Booking

43:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikita Bukatkin on Stevie May. Nikita Bukatkin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick. Roman Begunov makes a clearance.

42:39

Frazer Wright fouled by Roman Begunov, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Scobbie restarts play with the free kick.

41:49

Shot by Dmitri Gorbushin went wide right of the target.

39:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David MacKay by Vitali Kibuk. David MacKay takes the free kick.

38:26

Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Vitali Kibuk results in a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

37:20

Nigel Hasselbaink challenges Aleksandr Sverchinski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandr Sverchinski takes the free kick.

35:30

Shot by Nigel Hasselbaink went wide left of the target.

34:38

A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon. Header by Nigel Hasselbaink goes to the left of the goal.

33:52

Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Ivan Mayevskiy results in a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

33:27

The referee blows for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. Free kick taken by Aleksandr Sachivko.

33:11

Stevie May is ruled offside. Vladimir Bushma restarts play with the free kick.

30:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie May by Aleksandr Sachivko. Free kick crossed by Tom Scobbie restarts the game.

29:33

Short corner worked by David Wotherspoon.

27:13

Stevie May takes a shot. Vladimir Bushma gets a fist to the ball to punch .

26:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikita Bukatkin on Stevie May. David MacKay crosses the ball in from the free kick. Sergey Sosnovskiy makes a clearance.

25:59

Roman Vasilyuk takes a shot. Alan Mannus safely holds on.

25:36

Centre by Tom Scobbie that comes to nothing.

23:24

Corner taken by Roman Vasilyuk. Header at goal by Roman Begunov goes over the bar.

21:53 Booking

Booking

21:12

Vitali Kibuk challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Vitali Kibuk for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Stevie May from the free kick which clears the target.

19:43

Aleksandr Sverchinski challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

18:02

A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

14:40

Ivan Mayevskiy concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Cregg. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.

13:03 Booking

Booking

12:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergey Sosnovskiy on Steven MacLean. Sergey Sosnovskiy receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. David MacKay shoots direct from the free kick and clears the bar.

11:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Vasilyuk on David MacKay. David MacKay takes the free kick.

8:20

Roman Vasilyuk takes a shot. Tom Scobbie gets a block in.

6:19

Steven MacLean fouled by Dmitri Gorbushin, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Scobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick. Vladimir Bushma safely holds on.

2:38

Stevie May challenges Nikita Bukatkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Aleksandr Sverchinski.

0:27

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Aleksandr Sverchinski, free kick awarded. Vladimir Bushma takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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