It quickly became clear that the Azerbaijani outfit were not of the same standard as Feyenoord’s recent Turkish opponent’s Gençlerbirliði. Feyenoord did not allow that to break their concentration, however, easing comfortably ahead in the first 45.
Neftci Baku were especially troubled by the speed of Andwélé Slory and Diego Biseswar. Feyenoord regularly opted from the deep ball to the wings in the opening stages, although the Rotterdammers were not always precise.
On 10 minutes, for instance, Slory missed a huge chance. Slory was put through by Roy Makaay but with just the keeper to beat the youngster shot straight at the keeper. He had another chance just a minute later, but the keeper blocked it again. This type, Makaay was there to net the rebound.
The break was very close when Slory latched on to the ball from an offside position. With neither flag nor whistle in sight the striker moved goalward with Leroy Fer, but the pass was too hard and the opening went begging.
Fer had already given Feyenoord a 3-0 lead by then. On 20 minutes the midfielder netted a penalty after a handball. Five minutes before half time Fer got another one, a tap-in rounding out a fine attack.
Feyenoord found the second half a little harder to get into. Neftci Baku were finding it tough themselves to get within shooting range of Timmer’s goal, but the Rotterdammers were scarcely able to profit from the space.
Slory was given a couple of chances, however, and this time he was bang on target, bagging brace within 11 minutes.
His first – the finest goal of the afternoon came just under the hour mark. Slory picked the ball up on the halfway line. He turned away from his opponent impressively and sprinted towards the penalty area. Slory rounded it off by beating the keeper with a measured shot into the far corner.
Slory had some lax Neftci Baku defending to thank for the next one. He received the ball deep again, running 20 metres, before letting rip from just outside the box to beat the keeper again.
The Azeris had the finally word though. Feyenoord were given fair warning when a free kick rattled against the bar. The goal came a few minutes later. Timmer saved the initial long-range effort but the rebound was put into the net.
Feyenoord – Neftci Baku 5-1
11’ 1-0 Makaay
21’ 2-0 Fer (pen)
40’ 3-0 Fer
58’ 4-0 Slory
68’ 5-0 Slory
Referee: Gencay Hbrman (Tur)
Timmer; Tiendalli (40’ Greene), Lucius, Hofland (46’ Derijck), Bahia; El Ahmadi, Fer (46’ Bruins), Van Bronckhorst (75’ Leerdam); Slory (70’ Pedro), Makaay (60’ Mols) and Biseswar (75’ Janota).