Feyenoord experienced an unhappy first half an Estadio Riazor that was a little over half full. The Rotterdammers proved unable to hold onto possession, had some referring decisions go against them and conceded a very unfortunate goal.
It came with half an hour on the clock. Deportivo earned a corner in a rare attack and Mista rose to meet it with his head. The effort was cleared off the line by Georginio Wijnaldum, but the Spaniards were able to pump in two additional balls into the box. The third of them was netted by defender Alberto Lopo.
Up till then the Spaniards had barely created a chance. Henk Timmer saw his goal threatened in the opening stages only once, when Mista headed over the bar from close in. Not long after the striker had a shooting opportunity, but his effort went wide.
Feyenoord were not doing much better in attacking terms. The Rotterdammers were giving to ball away far too often on the left, so the only way to goal was the right wing. Unfortunately, Wijnaldum was facing two defenders whenever he got a sniff of the ball, so Feyenoord had nothing to show for their travails at the break.
That all changed very quickly after the turnaround. Luigi Bruins was played in after a clever one-two between Roy Makaay and Leroy Fer. The midfielder moved in from the left before letting fly, but keeper Daniel Aranzubia blocked his shot.
It was a very brief renaissance, because Feyenoord gave the game away in two mad minutes. It all started with a speedy counter from Deportivo down the right through Mista, who crossed. With a man breathing down his neck, Hofland wanted to get the ball to safety, but his sliding interception simply deflected the ball between the posts and in.
The home side took the initiative again immediately at the restart and decided everything in one fluent movement. This time the attack came down the left. A fine cross found Andres Guardado at the far post and the Mexican took his chance with aplomb, burying the ball behind Timmer to give his side an unassailable lead.
Gertjan Verbeek realised the game was up and decided to use his last two substitutions. It gave Kelvin Leerdam the opportunity to make his European debut, while Andwélé Slory sealed his return to action after injury.
The striker’s speed almost produced a consolation goal twenty minutes from time. Slory was given a long ball to chase down and he managed to get a centimetre-perfect cross into Makaay at the back post, but the striker saw his effort saved by the home keeper.
In the closing stages Leroy Fer had a shot that went the wrong side of the post, but that was about it from Feyenoord. At the other end, Timmer saved a Gonzalez Sergio shot to prevent the Spaniards extending their lead at the death. Deportivo la Coruña – Feyenoord 3-0
30’ 1-0 Lopo
50’ 2-0 Hofland (og)
51’ 3-0 Guardado Referee:
Martin Ingvarsson Bookings:
Guardado, Antonio Tomas Deportivo la Coruña:
Aranzubia; Lopo, Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Filipe; Sergio, Valerón, Guardado (52’ Lafita); Juan Rodriguez (61’ Antonio Tomas), Mista (79’ Omar Bravo) amd Christian. Feyenoord:
Timmer; Tiendalli (46’ Lucius), Bahia, Hofland, De Cler; Wijnaldum (63’ Slory), El Ahmadi (56’ Leerdam), Fer, Van Bronckhorst, Bruins; Makaay.