Manchester United will be out of the Europa League if they lose to Feyenoord later on Thursday after Fenerbahce beat Zorya Luhansk 2-0.

Fenerbahce moved three points clear at the top of Group A with the win thanks to second-half goals from Miroslav Stoch and Simon Kjaer, piling the pressure on United, who welcome Feyenoord to Old Trafford.

Stoch opened the scoring for the hosts with a long-range effort that crept past Oleksiy Shevchenko, before Kjaer made sure of the result after heading home a cross into the box.

A bad night for Zorya was compounded deep into second-half injury time when Eduard Sobol was sent off after picking up his second yellow card for tugging back an opponent.

Fenerbahce now lie three points ahead of Feynoord and four clear of United, who require four points from their last two games to be sure of qualification for the round of 32.

Zenit St Petersburg scored a goal in each half as they ran out 2-0 winners against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Group D.

Aleksandr Kokorin broke the deadlock for the Russian club on the stroke of half-time with a close-range finish, with Alexander Kerzhakov wrapping up the result with a free kick late in the second half.

Zenit were already assured of top spot in the group, while third-placed Maccabi will need a result in their final match against Dundalk to progress.

In Group C, Anderlecht booked their place in the next round with a 3-1 win over FK Qabala.

Yoeri Tielemans, Massimo Bruno and Lukasz Teodorczyk all scored for the Belgian side, with Ricardinho netting the only response for Qabala, who still remain winless in the group.

In Group B, Apoel Nicosia missed out on the chance to advance to the next round after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Astana — a result which keeps the Kazakhstani club’s hopes alive.


Culled from ESPNFC