Hull held; Scottish duo lose

  • Last Updated: August 1 2014, 11:32 BST

A review of Thursday's Europa League action involving British sides as Hull are held 0-0 at AS Trencin.

Tom Huddlestone: Missed penalty
Tom Huddlestone: Missed penalty

Hull had to settle for a goalless draw on their competitive European debut as Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty and a point-blank follow-up against Slovakia's AS Trencin.

The Tigers, having qualified for a first ever campaign at Europa League level by finishing runners-up in the FA Cup, should have come away from their third qualifying round first leg at Zilina's Stadion pod Dubnom with victory but will now need a result in East Yorkshire next Thursday.

An hour had gone when Shane Long was felled in the area but Huddlestone - who missed in the shootout when Spurs lost to Basel in the 2013 competition - produced a dreadful double miss.

His penalty was comfortably saved by Milos Volesak but it was the secondary attempt, grazing the bar from a couple of yards with the goal yawning, that will haunt the midfielder.

St Johnstone stand on the brink of exiting the Europa League after a 2-1 defeat to Spartak Trnava at McDiarmid Park.

Two goals from Ivan Schranz either side of half-time left the Scottish Cup winners facing an uphill struggle for next week's second leg in Slovakia.

However, captain Dave Mackay's goal nearly three minutes into injury-time at least gave Saints some hope against Spartak, who finished third in the Slovakian top flight last season and were comfortable winners.

Aberdeen have it all to do to keep their hopes alive after a 2-0 defeat by Real Sociedad in San Sebastian.

Derek McInnes's men defended stubbornly in a goalless first half which was characterised by some wayward shooting by the home side.

Midfielder David Zurutuza, however, broke through the red resistance in the 53rd minute before substitute Sergio Canales doubled that lead with a drive in the 68th minute and it might have been worse had keeper Jamie Langfield not made a save from substitute Imanol Agirretxe, who then missed another chance right at the end, with the woodwork also coming to the Dons' rescue.

Although a two-goal deficit is not, on the face of it, insurmountable, Aberdeen will have to come up with something special if they are to rescue the tie in the return game at Pittodrie next week.