LiveEuropa League qualifying as it happened

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  1. FT: Real Sociedad 2-0 Aberdeen
  2. FT: St Johnstone 1-2 Spartak Trnava (Mackay)

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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...

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."

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.

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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."

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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."

FULL-TIME

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.

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.

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.

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.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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

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

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.

SUBSTITUTION

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

HITS THE WOODWORK

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.

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.

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

SUBSTITUTION

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

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

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.

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.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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.

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

SUBSTITUTION

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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.

HALF-TIME

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.

KICK-OFF

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

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

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.

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.

SUBSTITUTION

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

HALF-TIME

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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."

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

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.

KICK-OFF

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

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.

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.