Scottish trio all draw

  • Last Updated: July 21 2014, 10:55 BST

A review of Thursday's action in the Europa League, as Motherwell, Aberdeen and St Johnstone all drew.

.Motherwell's Josh Law celebrates against Stjarnan
.Motherwell's Josh Law celebrates against Stjarnan

Josh Law scored twice in the first 19 minutes of his Motherwell career, but Stuart McCall's men were pegged back by two penalties in a 2-2 draw with Icelandic side Stjarnan at Fir Park.

Law, who started just off John Sutton in his first appearance since a summer move from Conference side Alfreton Town, showed early promise in his bid to emulate brother Nicky's impressive two-year spell at Fir Park as he finished twice after getting ahead of the visiting defence.

Motherwell were well on top until the 35th minute when Olafur Karl Finsen converted a penalty after Keith Lasley was adjudged to have handled.

And they suffered a huge blow in injury-time when Finsen netted again after Lasley was ruled to have pushed over Rolf Toft as Motherwell scrambled to defend a counter-attack.

The hosts might have had a penalty themselves seconds earlier when Simon Ramsden went down as he looked set to score following a corner.

Stjarnan, who sit second in the Icelandic League after 11 unbeaten games, have the advantage of playing on their own artificial pitch for the second leg of the Europa League second qualifying round.

Sligo claimed a shock 2-1 win over Rosenborg in Norway.

Captain Alan Keane and Danny North had the Irish side 2-0 up before an own-goal from goalkeeper Gary Rogers handed the 22-time Norwegian champions a lifeline for the second leg.

Dundalk did not fare so well in their first leg as they lost 2-0 at home to Hajduk Split thanks to goals from Mijo Caktas and Nikola Vlasic.

Substitute Andy Waterworth grabbed a winner three minutes from time as Linfield claimed a 1-0 home win over AIK but that was as good as it got for the Northern Irish teams.

Derry went down 1-0 at home to Shakhtyor thanks to a goal from Nikolai Yanush while strikes from Dardan Rexhepi, Mauricio Albornoz, Jacob Larsson and a penalty from Niklas Barkroth saw Crusaders lose 4-0 to Brommapojkarna in Sweden.

   

Steven MacLean gave St Johnstone a crucial away goal to take back to Perth as they held Luzern to a 1-1 draw in their first-leg tie.

The Scottish Cup winners found themselves under the cosh in the first half in Switzerland but stunned the hosts two minutes after the break when MacLean prodded home from eight yards.

Marco Schneuwly drew the Swiss Super League outfit level with 21 minutes remaining but it was another impressive performance from the McDiarmid men on the continent.

Tommy Wright's team beat Norwegian big guns Rosenborg and FC Minsk away from home in last year's contest before crashing out on penalties to the Belarusians.

They will now be favourites to progress ahead of next week's Fair City return with Luzern.

Aberdeen and FC Groningen fought out a goalless stalemate at Pittodrie as both sides cancelled each other out.

Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett had the Dons' best chances of the match, but were unable to find a way past visiting goalkeeper Sergio Padt.

The Aberdeen defence, meanwhile, were able to limit their opponents to long-range efforts, which Jamie Langfield was also equal to.