Feyenoord are heading out of the Europa League at the first hurdle after a shocking night in Slovakia. AS Trencin hammered Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side 4-0 in the first leg of their third round qualifier.

Van Bronckhorst went into the game without several key first team players such as Robin van Persie, Eric Botteghin, Tonny Vilhena and Jerry St Juste, but he was still able to name a decent side with Bart Nieuwkoop, Dylan Vente, and Sofyan Amrabat coming into the starting eleven.

On a plastic pitch, Feyenoord were looking for a good result to take back to Rotterdam but from the first minute, they were completely outplayed by AS Trencin, who are coached by Dutchman Ricardo Moniz. After only six minutes the hosts opened the scoring with Antonio Mance finishing off a swift move. Four minutes later it was 2-0 with Justin Bijlow and Sven van Beek making errors and Mance capitalised to net.

Feyenoord couldn’t respond and the Slovakians missed some chances before finally making it 3-0 before the break with Philip Azango easily finishing at the back post.

At half-time, Van Bronckhorst will have urged his side to at least get an away goal to take back home and to make sure they didn’t concede any more. However, Feyenoord were once again a shambles after the break and eventually conceded a fourth with Mance completing his hat-trick.

Before the end, Vente and Jean-Paul Boetius went close to scoring a consolation but Feyenoord head back to Rotterdam with their tails between their legs and barring a miracle in De Kuip next week, they are heading out of Europe.

It was sadly another horrible night in Europe for a Dutch side and the coefficient is once again taking a battering.




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