EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Feyenoord hit Sturm Graz for SIX

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Feyenoord run riot as they hit Sturm Graz for SIX while former Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth helps Real Sociedad see off Omonia to stay above Manchester United in Group E

  • There was plenty of drama across the Europa League on Thursday evening
  • Feyenoord were the biggest scorers as they ran out 6-0 winners vs Sturm Graz
  • Rennes against Fenerbahce descended into late drama with a penalty late on
  • Alexander Sorloth scored a crucial winner for Real Sociedad against Omonia 

Feyenoord showed no mercy on Sturm Graz as the Dutch side ran riot at their De Kuip stadium with a 6-0 win in the Europa League. 

The Dutch side are formidable at home and went into the game having won eight of their last nine home matches in European competition. 

It soon dawned on Sturm Graz just how big the task ahead was when former Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh fired them ahead after nine minutes. 

Feyenoord made light work of Sturm Graz as they hit them for six in the Europa League

There was late salvation for Real Sociedad so they remain ahead of Manchester United

David Hancko, Danilo and Jahanbakhsh made it 4-0 before half-time and there was still time for more as Santiago Gimenez and Oussama Idrissi struck to cap off a 6-0 win. 

It proved the perfect response in Group F from Feyenoord after they lost their opening match 4-2 away to Lazio.

Feyenoord are top but all teams remain on three points and it is up for grabs with two rounds of group matches down. 

Feyenoord produced an attacking clinic as they scored six of their eight shots on target

Elsewhere, Real Sociedad kept themselves in top spot and ahead of Manchester United in Group E after a late winner from Alexander Sorloth.

Sorloth, formerly of Crystal Palace, has found a home in Real Sociedad and has had to step up since the departure of strike partner Alexander Isak to Newcastle for £60million. 

He did just that on Thursday with Omonia digging in for a draw after Bruno Felipe had cancelled out Ander Guevara’s opening strike. 

With 10 minutes to go the ball was played through to Sorloth and he made no mistake on the finish, sliding past Fabiano in the Omonia goal. 

There was even later drama between 10-man Rennes and Fenerbahce, though.

Rennes were attempting to hold on to victory after Hamari Traore had been sent off in the 83rd minute – only to be undone deep into stoppage time. 

Rennes’ Martin Terrier (middle) pays tribute to recently injured team-mate Baptiste Santamaria

It proved a fiery atmosphere in France and stewards had to attend to a flare by the away fans

With the clock at 90+2 minutes, former West Ham striker Enner Valencia stepped up to slot home from the penalty spot for Fenerbahce, rescuing a point on the road for the less-than-impressive Turkish visitors. 

Michael Gregoritsch scored twice for Freiburg in their 3-0 win away to Olympiacos to make it six points from six in Group G, with second-placed Qarabag easing Nantes aside 3-0 in Baku.

There was history made at Real Betis with Joaquin becoming the oldest player ever in Europa League history as he struck in their 3-2 win over Ludogorets. At 41 years and 56 days, Joaquin becomes the oldest goalscorer in the competition history. 

Luiz Henrique, Joaquin and Sergio Canales netted one apiece for Betis to lead Group C with six points. 

In Group D, Braga, who sit top, secured a 1-0 victory over Union Berlin, while Union Saint-Gilloise defeated Malmo 3-2 .

Alexander Sorloth (right) has to be key for Real Sociedad and he stepped up when it counted

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