Europa League - St Johnstone exit Europe

St Johnstone briefly threatened a Europa League upset after Gregory Tade's debut goal but former Celtic striker Diomansy Kamara secured a 1-1 draw for Eskisehirspor.

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Former Inverness forward Tade headed home in the latter stages of a first half of few chances to give the Perth side hope of overturning Eskisehirspor's 2-0 first-leg lead. Nigel Hasselbaink came close to levelling matters but Kamara drove the ball across goal for Veysel Sari to slot home in the 51st minute.

St Johnstone could not match the visitors in possession in their first European tie for 13 years but Tade's running did cause the visitors problems in the first half. Tade missed the first leg with a hamstring injury and came in along with fellow summer signing Hasselbaink.

Tade had a chance when he ran on to Callum Davidson's long ball down the left channel but he lacked conviction and flicked his effort wide. The same two players combined for the opener in the 35th minute. Davidson won the ball in a challenge on the left wing as Saints pressed their opponents following a throw and curled an inch-perfect cross over the head of goalkeeper Ruud Buffin to allow the unmarked Tade to nod into an empty net from three yards.

Liam Craig won possession on the left wing and sent a low cross into Hasselbaink's stride 12 yards out but Buffin palmed his shot away from the near post. At this point, there was real belief among the 6,023 McDiarmid Park crowd that St Johnstone could pull off a shock but the visitors punctured that in the 51st minute.

Kamara was given too much room to drive the ball across a crowded six-yard box and the ball fell for Sari beyond the far post as the right-back slotted home. Steve Lomas' side now needed three more goals and Craig passed up an early opportunity to get one after being played into yards of space by Hasselbaink. However, Buffin came out quickly and blocked the midfielder's shot.

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