Feyenoord and Gençlerbirligi were fairly well matched before the break. The Rotterdammers saw much of the ball, but were unable to trouble the Turks, while their opponents were proficient at converting their chances.
Only Diego Biseswar was able to pose any kind of threat in the opening stages. The game was ten minutes old when he rifled off a shot, but keeper Isailovic was able to save.
It was the forward’s last contribution to the proceedings however; he was forced off after being brought down in the penalty area. He also received a hard knock to the face for his troubles and had to leave the pitch dazed. The referee did not feel that a penalty was appropriate.
The loss of Biseswar entailed the end of any threat from Feyenoord. Only Roy Makaay came anywhere near troubling the Turkish goal before the break. Unfortunately, he was pulled up for offside.
Gençlerbirligi were more successful, although a slice of luck was also forthcoming for the Turks. The Ankara outfit were finding it tough-going creating any chances themselves, but midway through the first half Karim El Ahmadi committed a foul just outside his own box. Striker Carlos stepped up to shoot the ball over the wall and past Henk Timmer.
The lead was doubled fifteen minutes later, when James Troisi chased down a ball on the left flank. The Australian midfielder looked to be on a hiding to nothing near the bye-line, but he took his chances anyway. His shot found the net off Henk Timmer’s hands for a very unexpected goal.
The game was over as a contest not long after the half time. Feyenoord returned from the break with seven changes, but the Turks continued where they had left off. The attack that brought the third goal was set up by Carlos. He teed it up for Bruce Djite, who thus became the second Aussie on the score sheet.
Gençlerbirligi showed little desire to punish Feyenoord anymore in the remaining time, while Feyenoord themselves were simply not up to it.
The Rotterdammers didn’t have much in the way of fortune, mind. Not least when Theo Lucius played Michael Mols deep five minutes from time. The ball bounced just wrong and keeper Isailovic managed to pluck it off the striker’s head.
The trio of officials did not appear to be in the mood to give much to Feyenoord either. When Luis Pedro rattled off a drive in the closing stages that was deflected past the post by a defender even the Turkish defenders admitted it was a corner, but the referee was having none of it. It was just the cherry on the cake, as the man in middle had already whistled for offside a number of times – without justification – when Feyenoord were on the attack. Gençlerbirligi – Feyenoord 3-0
23’ 1-0 Carlos
37’ 2-0 Troisi
48’ 3-0 Djite
Bookings: - Feyenoord:
Timmer (46’ Van Dijk); Tiendalli (46’ Derijck), Lucius, Bahia, Wattamaleo; El Ahmadi (46’ Leerdam), Fer (46’ Bruins), Van Bronckhorst (46’ Janota); Slory (46’ Erasmus), Makaay (46’ Mols) and Biseswar (18’ Pedro). Gençlerbirligi:
Isailovic; Balak, Traore, Addo, Aslantas; Nas (75’ Avci), Troisi (75’ Bilal), Jedinak (75’ Baytar), Amdogdu (65’ Eser); Carlos and Djite.