St Johnstone 0-2 LASK (agg 1-3): Balic finish & Raguz penalty end nine-man hosts' Euro dream

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St Johnstone's hopes of making it to the Europa Conference League group stage were crushed when they lost to LASK at McDiarmid park with nine men.

Husein Balic stunned a home crowd with his powerful strike from close range, giving the Austrians the lead after last week's 1-1 draw.

David Wotherspoon, the substitute, was sent off in less than a minute after arriving on-screen. Shaun Rooney then saw red for a last ditch tug in the box that allowed Marko Raguz progress.

Callum Davidson's Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup winners have yet to win a game in normal time. A trip to St Mirren is planned for Sunday.

Davidson stated that his team wanted to be "disgusting" to play against pre-game. The boss was satisfied with his request, even if he meant constant pressing and swarming Austrian visitors at all opportunities.

The hosts received a warning from Hyunseok, who hooked a goal wide of Clark's goal. South Korea threatened again after a mazy run saw the 22-year old see a well-saved finish.

After a nervous opening few minutes, the home side was able to respond well when Glenn Middleton's deep free kick eventually reached Chris Kane. His touch wasn't enough.

McDiarmid Park was a strong crowd that roared their support into every challenge. They almost had the lead when Middleton’s corner took a nick and hit the face of Jason Kerr at close range. The deflection sent the ball wide.

Each side struggled to take control of the game. However, the Scots managed to keep LASK at bay. Rooney made a crucial challenge to deny Keito Nagamura an opportunity to score.

LASK was further probed soon after the break, Peter Michorl & Hong having exchanged volleys with Clark.

Although the home side appeared tired, they found some spark when Alexander Schlager saved Middleton's volley.

After 72 minutes of goalless second-leg, the deadlock was finally broken. A clever build-up by the visitors led to Balic adding a nice touch and a better finish into the St Johnstone net roof.

Davidson responded by introducing Wotherspoon. However, Wotherspoon was immediately dismissed after throwing a reckless elbow towards Florian Flecker.

The hosts had a goal and a man down. After Balic entered the box, Rooney pulled him to the deck, where he was given a second yellow for the foul.

Raguz was cool enough to send Clark the long distance to end the tie and St Johnstone’s hopes of making the groups.

Murray Davidson is the man of the match

After a stellar performance in midfield, the 33-year old didn't deserve to be part of the losing team

What have we learned?

St Johnstone can still hold their heads high, despite having fallen at the last hurdle.

It is an amazing feat to achieve 1-1 draws in both away leg against worthy group-stage opponents Galatasaray or LASK.

The harsh truth is that Davidson's team have yet to win a 90-minute game this term, and have only two points from their three opening league games.

The Perth club's Sunday trip to St Mirren suddenly becomes a major fixture of their season.

What were they saying?

Callum Davidson, St Johnstone manager: "What a effort the boys put in. We were up against the best European team.

"The LASK coach has some great players to help them through games. David Wotherspoon's sending-off completely destroyed the tie. It's not David. It's not great on TV.

What's next?

St Johnstone will be back in league action on Sunday (15:00 BST), when they travel to St Mirren.