The New Saints face a mammoth task to remain in the Champions League after a 5-0 defeat to Macedonia's KF Shkendija.

Scott Ruscoe's side were two goals down at half-time in the first leg of their first qualifying round tie.

Three further goals for Shkendija in the second half, all scored by Besart Ibraimi who netted four on the night, leaves the Saints facing an uphill battle.

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Jon Routledge attempts to block a shot

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Izair Emini scores the opening goal of the night for KF Shkendija

The Welsh Premier League champions host Shkendija in the return leg next Tuesday.

The winners face Torpedo Kutaisi from Georgia or FC Sheriff of Moldova in the second qualifying round.

Saints: Harrison, Spender (Lewis 73), Marriott, Holland, Cabango, Routledge, Brobbell, Redmond (Edwards 68), Hudson, Mullan, Ebbe (Byrne 65). Subs not used: Roberts, Draper, Cieslewicz, Nembhard.

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Tom Holland and Chris Marriott in action for TNS

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Dejection for TNS as KF Shkendija fans celebrate their opening goal. Pictures by Phil Blagg