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Wright overjoyed as St Johnstone stun Rosenborg in Europa League

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright was over the moon as his side pulled off a surprise 2-1 aggregate victory in the second round of Europa League qualifying.

The Saints managed to edge past Norwegian club Rosenborg courtesy of a 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park on Thursday night, following their 1-0 triumph last week, and Wright was simply delighted.

"It was magnificent. It could not have gone any better for us. I think it will only be in the morning that we will realise the magnitude of the result," said Wright.

"Now we face a rush to find out about Minsk.

"We want the journey to continue. I told the players they would look back on this night with a lot of pride and satisfaction long after they've finished playing.

"But we dared to believe that we could beat Rosenborg and now we're saying let's see how far we can go. You want to get through the next round and the play-off and into the Europa League group. And on the standard they've set over these two games that wouldn't be unreachable."

Stevie May's 21st minute goal cancelled out Alexander Soderlund's early opener as St Johnstone booked a third round qualifying date with Belarusian side Minsk which begins at the Dinamo Stadium on August 1.

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