Rotterdam industry gained a foothold in the most lucrative market in European football as their Japanese investment Shinji Ono paid a big dividend in this early season qualifier. In the end the economy of the Turks in shutting up shop and hoping for a lucky break didn’t pay off and with that precious goal in their favour Feyenoord must now have every belief in a happy ending.

Coach Van Marwijk saw his side start with vigour in the Kuip, although it took a quarter of an hour before the first chance came. Gyan intercepted and played the ball into Kalou, who should have shot instead of electing to pass to Lurling, who couldn’t make anything of the ball. Next up was Paauwe, who shot over and when Lurling was sent clear by Rzasa the ball came to Kalou who shot hard but not quite true. The visitors sculptured their first opportunity after a half hour, when Revivo saw his free kick saved Zoetebier. Feyenoord started part two with Ramon van Haaren on for Tomasz Rzasa as the home side went searching for the breakthrough. The chances came too. Emerton shot just over and then Kalou went close too, but Fenerbahçe continued to mass ranks behind the ball. In the end though the Rotterdammers grabbed the goal they needed of the back of some individual class from Japanese international Ono. His fine drive was so well struck that goalie Rüstü had no chance. Late in the game the Turks tried their luck. Zoetebier stopped a Revivo attempt with a reflex save, while at the other end Rüstü beat out a Kalou shot. At the final whistle Ono’s goal it was that separated the sides. Feyenoord-Fenerbahçe 1-0 (0-0) 65’ 1-0 Ono Yellow cards: Dogan, Ogün, Ono, Rapaic, Emerton Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa (46’ Van Haaren); Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling (59’ Leonardo); Kalou, Van Hooijdonk. Fenerbahçe: Rüstü; Akyel, Özat, Dogan, Mirkovic; Stevic, Johnson (85’ Abdullah), Ogün; Revivo, Wahington (70’ Serhat), Rapaic (75’ Ortega).

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