Wednesday November 4, 2009 Group Stage: Group F Finished Central

Rubin Kazan 0 - 0 FC Barcelona

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  1. Rubin hold Barcelona

    Rubin hold Barcelona

    Rubin Kazan held Barcelona to a goalless draw in Russia to take an unlikely four points off the Liga and European champions. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Rubin Kazan
    • FC Barcelona
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    • 90+2 That is the final whistle! Barcelona are held as Rubin take four points off them! Well done to the Russians! There is a good chance now that Barca will have to beat Inter to qualify!
    • 90+1 A bicycle kick clear by Sharonov, how has been immense.
    • 90' Barca counter after Rubin's attacking move breaks down in the final third, Messi races away, Henry is in on the left but he slips as he shoots and spoons it well wide.
    • 89' Alves on the right swings over a brilliant cross that skips over the defender's head AND IT LANDS FOR HENRY BUT COMES OFF HIS SHIN AND INTO THE KEEPER'S ARMS! Unlucky Henry, he was not expecting that to land where it did.
    • 88' Dominguez swings over the corner AND BUKHAROV FLIES IN NEAR POST BUT HE HEADS IT OVER! If he'd just got a touch less on that it would have gone in.
    • 87' Dominguez swings in another great ball but Pique clears. It drops to Noboa who volleys on goal but it hits a yellow shirt and Rubin have another corner.
    • 85' A tackle of frustration by Abidal on Noboa, who goes down like a sack of spuds.
    • 83' Hoofed into touch by Navas. Sharanov is still struggling.
    • 82' BARCA SUB: Henry on for Keita.
    • 81' Sharanov is hurt after catching his knee making that tackle...
    • 80' Sharanov with a great tackle on Messi to deny the Argentine on the edge of the box.
    • 79' Henry is warming up for Barcelona, maybe his pace can cause the hosts some problems...
    • 78' There's a total mix-up in the Barca defence as Bukharov manages to race on to a loose ball and he's clean through but Valdes flies out like a madman to block at his feet! Still Bukharov can get a toe on it, now Dominguez but his attempted finish is blocked by Puyol who puts it behind for a corner!
    • 77' Messi moves to the right then spins and looks left again but again Rubin are back in numbers and able to clear.
    • 76' Domninguez 30 yards out, loving playing behind the main striker as he spreads it wide but Barca are able to clear.
    • 75' Puyol is booked for deliberately blocking Bukharov.
    • 74' Poor free-kick from Xavi, straight at the keeper and Rubin break, a great one from Domonguez on the left totally bisects the Barca defence and BUKHAROV IS IN AND HE MUST SCORE BUT THE TOUCH OFF THE CHEST IS HEAVY AND VALDES TAKES IT BEFORE HE CAN FINISH! Oh that was begging for a first-time volley or header!
    • 73' Semak is booked for bringing down Messi in a dangerous position around 30 yards out....
    • 72' Dominguez with another mazy dribble down the right but he's crowded out and Barca clear.
    • 71' Toure lashes one over in anger as Barca start to look frustrated.
    • 70' A concerted spell of pressure from Barca amounts to nothing as Rubin close them down incessantly.
    • 69' Dominguez can shoot from the edge of the box but he drags the ball well wide.
    • 68' Pique is inexplicably penalised for a foul on Bukharov, who clearly fouled him. No mind anyway, Dominguez's free-kick from the left goes well over on to the roof of the net.
    • 67' Messi finds Xavi from deep and he tries a shot but well wide.
    • 66' Great play from Barca as Messi finds Alves, he dances into the box and Ibra is in but what a tackle by the winger Kaleshin! He hurled himself at the ball and just got a toe on to it to save his team!
    • 65' Barcelona continue to stroke the ball around with little effect. Iniesta wide to Messi now...
    • 63' Iniesta cuts in from the left to feed Messi, no space for the shot so he pulls wide and wins a corner off Salukvadze.
    • 62' RUBIB SUB: Bukharov on for Karadeniz - that's a striker for a midfielder. Ambitious.
    • 61' Long, hopeful ball into the Rubin right goes back to Valdes.
    • 60' Rubin try to break with Dominguez on the right but Abidal gets across to clear.
    • 59' The ball is back with Valdes as Barca realise they are confronted with 11 men behind the ball - even the centre-forward is comfortably inside his own half when Rubin don't have possession.
    • 57' Iniesta cuts in from the left but his rising drive is blocked by Navas. This is great defending from Rubin.
    • 56' Bodies flying everywhere in the Rubin box as Messi's blocked shot sees Iniesta fly in, blocked by two Rubin defenders, still with Barca but more good defending with Navas on hand to head the cross clear.
    • 55' A bit scrappy now, Barca getting frustated but surely their class and possession will tell?
    • 54' Xavi, Messi and Iniesta combine with some neat passing on the edge of the box, Iniesta wriggles clear and tries a shot but easy for the keeper.
    • 53' Toure has a crack from distance, should be easy for the keeper but he drops it although Sharonov is there to hoof clear.
    • 52' Iniesta cuts in from the left, now Messi who turns Semak and Ibra is in but Navas gets the block in as the Swede struggled to control the bobbling ball.
    • 51' Karadeniz races away down the left and he takes a tumble after playing the ball, play-on says the ref with Dominguez almost in but Pique heads clear.
    • 50' Ibra gets it on the edge of the box, there are four Rubin players around him though so with a deft touch he plays the overlapping Iniesta in but the Spaniard can't beat his man and the hosts clear.
    • 49' Semak gets in down the left but Messi is back defending and Barca clear.
    • 48' Toure is penalised for a foul in midfield that breaks up a promising spell of Barca possession.
    • 47' Early corner to Barca on the left, Xavi floats it far post but over the heads of Puyol and Pique.
    • 46' Second half underway!
    • - Rubin, meanwhile, have had one shot, the one saved by Victor Valdes.
    • - STAT ATTACK! Barca with a whipping 71% of first-half possession in the end, with nine shots.
    • 45+1 That's the whistle, despite owning the ball for the majority of that half Barca are being held by Rubin.
    • 45' One minute added time being played.
    • 44' Ibra almost bustles through and has a toe-poke but straight at the keeper. He's really having a go tonight, partly I reckon because he knows he can manage these conditions better than most of his team-mates.
    • 43' Amazing really that's it's still goalless - Rubin will be the happier by far going in at half time.
    • 42' Free-kick to Barca which Ibra will take, around 25 yards out but instead of shooting he disguises a pass to Iniesta WHO IS IN AND CAN SCORE BUT RYZHIKOV FLIES OUT TO BLOCK THE FINISH! Great save but Iniesta delayed a bit too long before shooting.
    • 41' Rubin counter through Ryazantsev down the right, good passing to free him and he's in the box, he cuts past Iniesta and fires a low drive but Valdes gets down well to save! Puyol was ball-watching and Abidal was nowhere to be seen.
    • 40' Messi wins a corner after combining with Keita. On the left, Messi will take but the hosts clear.
    • 39' Messi tries a long shot but weakly into the arms of Ryzhikov.
    • 38' The pressure is incessant - Barca have had 75% of possession - but really there has been little to show thus far.
    • 36' Eventually Barca take it but Rubin clear. Back with the visitors but they ill-advisedly put it long into the box and again the hosts get it away.
    • 35' Free-kick to Barca won by Ibra around 35 yards out. He's getting involved in everything at the moment.
    • 34' Messi cuts in past the right, beating two men but playing the through-ball far too close to Sharonov.
    • 33' Long ball to Ibra at the far post but it's very high so all he can do is nod it back but there is no support so his attempted header in spins out.
    • 32' The home crowd are booing and hissing Barca's every touch - I imagined they'll be somewhat hoarse by the end of the night.
    • 31' Dominguez with a brilliant run down the left, wriggling past three challenges and into the area, not a great challenge from Puyol but Dominguez stays on his feet and eventually Barca clear.
    • 30' Constant pressure from Barca but toothless on the edge of the box this time as Rubin play it out...
    • 28' Barcelona should really be ahead by now but as this match goes on Rubin will gain in confidence that they can at worst contain Barca. The conditions certainly favour them and I can't see them getting any better as the night progresses.
    • 26' Barca bring it forward again and Messi tries one from range but it drags well wide.
    • 25' Dominguez races down the left as the hosts counter but his ball into Semak coming in is put behind for a corner! Dominguez jogs over to take it and it causes real problems swinging into the six-yard box and Barca just about get it clear!
    • 24' Ibra on the right clips a cross far post and in flies Keita but he makes a right hash of the volley, it bounces back for Messi but the hosts clear.
    • 23' Barcelona have made all the running but Rubin are very, very well organised. For how long they can hold out I do not know, though.
    • 22' Barcelona come forward again, this is great one-touch play by Barca, they're carving Rubin apart as Xavi slips it through to Messi but a brilliant sliding tackle from Sharonov. Goal kick too, last touch came off Messi.
    • 21' Ibra gets it on the edge of the box, great control on the chest, a superb flick frees Messi who is in but the keeper flies out to claim at his feet! Should've taken it first time!!
    • 20' Alves swings it far post from the right but Rubin clear, they try a counter but Puyol is back supporting Abidal and intercepts.
    • 18' Great work tackling back by Ibra of all people allows Alves to find Xavi, who takes a touch and sends a delicate chip over the keeper but on to the roof of the net.
    • 17' Iniesta left-centre sends a lovely ball gliding into Ibra but intercepted by Sharonov who heads it away.
    • 16' Throw to Rubin on their right as they see a bit more of the ball, Salukvadze to take but Ryazantsev runs it out for a goal kick.
    • 15' Dominguez with a brilliant turn in his own half to race past Alves and sprint into space down the left, this is a great run as he cuts inside towards the area but in flies Alves with a superb saving challenge to win the ball and clear.
    • 14' A rare spell of possession for the hosts as Semak tries to play Dominguez through but Puyol is able to clear. Barca quickly send it downfield but Ibra cannot get on the end of it.
    • 13' Alves intercepts just inside the Rubin half and the full-back, who has cut inside to centre-mid, surges forward before trying to play Ibra through, and wasting it.
    • 12' An odd short free-kick routine is easily cleared but Barca get it back, knocking it around on half-way.
    • 11' Salukvadze eventually takes it and Ibra backheels it down the line. Still with Barca and Messi wins a free-kick centrally but very far out.
    • 10' Throw to Rubin on the right and even at this early stage they are using delaying tactics.
    • 9' Barcelona hemming the hosts in their own half, but the ball is being circulated very slowly as the Blaugrana struggle to move in the cold.
    • 7' Barca with a lengthy spell of possession without really doing anything with it. Making do with the poor, icy conditions underfoot.
    • 5' The ball drops to Keita on the edge of the D and he sends a volley in but it bounces away.
    • 4' Rubin with some crisp tackling in midfield as they try to hold off what threatens to be a Barca swarm...
    • 3' Ibra latches on to a mistake by Navas who slips, he's clean through and curls it low past the keeper Ryzhikov and he wheels away to celebrate but it comes off the outside of the far post to go wide!
    • 2' Xavi's second corner is cleared by Cesar Navas at the near post... Now it's through to Ibra on the left but he is offside.
    • 2' Ibra wins a corner on the right... taken low, it bobbles to Iniesta on the edge of the box but his shot is blocked and behind for another corner.
    • 1' Match underway as the snow comes down in Tatarstan, Russia. Grim conditions for Barca, and the pitch looks poor too.
    • - It's a chilly -4 in Kazan tonight, not ideal for Barca who make two changes with Dymitro Chygrynksiy inelgible and Sergio Busquets on the bench; Dani Alves and Yaya Toure start instead.
    • - Barcelona are playing their 200th match in the European Cup/Champions League. They have won 112 and lost only 40. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League away games and have drawn their last four.
    • - Rubin have a limited European record and have won only one of four matches at home. They have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last five European matches.
    • - Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria).
    • - Barcelona team: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Keita, Messi, Iniesta, Ibrahimovic; subs: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Busquets, Pedrito, Maxwell.
    • - Rubin Kazan team: Ryzhikov, Salukvadze, Sharonov, Cesar Navas, Ansaldi, Ryazantsev, Noboa, Semak, Kaleshin, Karadeniz, Dominguez; subs: Revishvili, Bystrov, Sibaya, Bukharov, Popov, Gorbanets, Kasaev.
    • - Kick-off is at 17:30 UK time - can Pep Guardiola's Barca bounce back and put the relatively inexperienced European upstarts in their place?
    • - A fortnight ago they pulled off a shock 2-1 win in the Camp Nou to throw Group F wide open: Group details
    • - Russian minnows Rubin Kazan seek to do the double over European champions Barcelona in this season's Champions League group stage.
  • Summary

    • 90' Barca counter after Rubin's attacking move breaks down in the final third, Messi races away, Henry is in on the left but he slips as he shoots and spoons it well wide.
    • 89' Alves on the right swings over a brilliant cross that skips over the defender's head AND IT LANDS FOR HENRY BUT COMES OFF HIS SHIN AND INTO THE KEEPER'S ARMS! Unlucky Henry, he was not expecting that to land where it did.
    • 88' Dominguez swings over the corner AND BUKHAROV FLIES IN NEAR POST BUT HE HEADS IT OVER! If he'd just got a touch less on that it would have gone in.
    • 78' There's a total mix-up in the Barca defence as Bukharov manages to race on to a loose ball and he's clean through but Valdes flies out like a madman to block at his feet! Still Bukharov can get a toe on it, now Dominguez but his attempted finish is blocked by Puyol who puts it behind for a corner!
    • 74' Poor free-kick from Xavi, straight at the keeper and Rubin break, a great one from Domonguez on the left totally bisects the Barca defence and BUKHAROV IS IN AND HE MUST SCORE BUT THE TOUCH OFF THE CHEST IS HEAVY AND VALDES TAKES IT BEFORE HE CAN FINISH! Oh that was begging for a first-time volley or header!
    • 66' Great play from Barca as Messi finds Alves, he dances into the box and Ibra is in but what a tackle by the winger Kaleshin! He hurled himself at the ball and just got a toe on to it to save his team!
    • 42' Free-kick to Barca which Ibra will take, around 25 yards out but instead of shooting he disguises a pass to Iniesta WHO IS IN AND CAN SCORE BUT RYZHIKOV FLIES OUT TO BLOCK THE FINISH! Great save but Iniesta delayed a bit too long before shooting.
    • 41' Rubin counter through Ryazantsev down the right, good passing to free him and he's in the box, he cuts past Iniesta and fires a low drive but Valdes gets down well to save! Puyol was ball-watching and Abidal was nowhere to be seen.
    • 21' Ibra gets it on the edge of the box, great control on the chest, a superb flick frees Messi who is in but the keeper flies out to claim at his feet! Should've taken it first time!!
    • 3' Ibra latches on to a mistake by Navas who slips, he's clean through and curls it low past the keeper Ryzhikov and he wheels away to celebrate but it comes off the outside of the far post to go wide!
    • - Barcelona team: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Keita, Messi, Iniesta, Ibrahimovic; subs: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Busquets, Pedrito, Maxwell.
    • - Rubin Kazan team: Ryzhikov, Salukvadze, Sharonov, Cesar Navas, Ansaldi, Ryazantsev, Noboa, Semak, Kaleshin, Karadeniz, Dominguez; subs: Revishvili, Bystrov, Sibaya, Bukharov, Popov, Gorbanets, Kasaev.
    • - Russian minnows Rubin Kazan seek to do the double over European champions Barcelona in this season's Champions League group stage.

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