Twente beats Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 in Europa

FC Twente beat Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 in the opening leg of

the Europa League’s last 16 on Thursday.

Zenit, which had an early goal disallowed by English referee

Mark Cluttenburg for an offside, enjoyed plenty of possession early

on but it was Twente which took the scoring initiative with Luuk de

Jong heading in Emir Bajrami’s cross in the 24th minute.

Roberto Rosales cleared Dani’s header on the line in the 34th as

Zenit continued to threaten. Unmarked Bruno Alves could have

leveled for Zenit off Danko Lazovic’s cross in the 45th but his

header went wide.

Midfielder Denny Landzaat volleyed in Twente’s second in the

54th, then De Jong headed Theo Janssen’s cross in injury time for

the third. Key defender Douglas will miss Twente’s trip to Russia

after he was booked.

Lazovic nearly pulled one back in the 61st capitalizing on a

rare Douglas error but Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov was alert

to make a save. Mihaylov denied Lazovic again 10 minutes later,

making a diving save to block the Serbia forward’s close-range

effort.

Meanwhile, Ajax lost 1-0 to Spartak Moscow with Alex netting the

lone goal in the 57th.