Feyenoord, Zenit trounced in Europa League

Feyenoord and Zenit suffered heavy defeats to AS Trencin and Dinamo Minsk to leave them on the brink of early exits from the Europa League.

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Feyenoord and Zenit are on the verge of Europa League exits after embarrassing 4-0 defeats to AS Trencin and Dinamo Minsk, respectively.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst named a weakened side for Feyenoord's trip to Slovakia and was duly punished for that decision when Antonio Mance's double and an effort from Philip Azango Elayo put the host 3-0 up prior to half-time.

Mance completed the rout midway through the second-half, tucking in Hamza Catakovic's cross to round off his hat-trick.

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Zenit fared no better in Belarus, Uros Nikolic hammering Minsk ahead inside 12 minutes, Vladimir Khvashchinskiy and Nino Galovic putting the result beyond doubt before the interval.

Nikolic went on to net his second after 67 minutes and Zenit look set to join Feyenoord as early shock exits from the third qualifying round.

Legia Warsaw could be another big name to go out after it suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Luxembourg champions Dudelange.

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