Wednesday September 29, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Central

Rubin Kazan 1 - 1 FC Barcelona

  • Noboa 30’ (pen.)
  • Villa 60’ (pen.)

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    Time:90'
    • Rubin Kazan
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! An interesting game - Rubin's tactics earned them the draw. Barcelona probed and found the equaliser, and they are still in control of the group. But they've still never beaten Rubin... Hope you enjoyed that game - remember you can follow the other seven games tonight LIVE on Eurosport!
    • 90+3' INIESTA CANNOT GRAB THE WIN! Messi somehow squeezes through a pass to Iniesta, and the curled shot is a whisker high and a whisker wide!
    • 90+2' Waste - Ansaldi's ball from the set piece is too powerful and goes out high beyond the far post.
    • 90+1' Booking for Pique, who dives in on Kaleshin.
    • 90' Messi makes a run between the two centre-halves and Bocchetti and Navas block his run - fairly, says the referee.
    • 89' Three additional minutes to play.
    • 88' BOJAN MISSES! Good chance - another close range header, and this time Barcelona's chance is put wide by the substitute!
    • 88' Final Rubin sub: Natcho replaces Noboa.
    • 86' MARTINS HITS THE POST! Great coutner attack from Rubin who emerge from their slumber and when the cross comes in from Kaleshin Marins header rebounds off the post!
    • 85' Villa off - Bojan Krkic on in his place.
    • 84' An ineffective corner from David Villa sends Barcelona backwards - for all their pressure, their set pieces have been average today.
    • 83' Martins tries a shot on the run - it's always going wide, but it had good power behind it. Rubin still carry a threat on the break.
    • 82' Villa is offside - that's the first offside from either team in more than 80 minutes of football.
    • 81' Rubin still defending manfully as the champions of Spain swarm around the edge of the penalty area.
    • 79' Booking for Sibaya now, who protests the decision. Replays of his slide into Busquets don't really support him.
    • 78' Martins is matched against Pique chasing a long ball - the Spaniard wins that battle with ease, despite the Nigerian's pace.
    • 77' Great play on the edge of the Rubin box from Barcelona, culminating in a ball to Pique, but he cannot quite steer a shot on target.
    • 76' Martins hits a first time shot on the turn from distance - not likely to trouble Valdes.
    • 75' Only a quarter of an hour remaining - are both sides prepared to settle for a point?
    • 74' Messi takes the free kick - it's a dinked effort, but it loops over the bar.
    • 73' Booking for Ansaldi who brings Messi down just outside the box - the referee calls it back when he sees there will be no advantage for Barcelona to carry on.
    • 73' Iniestas is looking much more comfortable in the midfield, having dropped back after Messi's arrival. Good ball forward for Messsi again...
    • 72' Messi cuts in from the right but is blocked and that gives Rubin a chance to clear their lines.
    • 71' Sibaya wins a foul for Rubin. Martins loses that advantage when he challenges for the long set piece forward.
    • 70' MESSI CLOSE! Iniesta plays a great ball which Bocchetti can only half deal with, and Messi drills a shot from a narrow angle straight into Ryzhikov's chest!
    • 69' Space for Xavi to try a shot, but he's put it well over the crossbar.
    • 68' A bit of a lull in play after a lively ten minute spell. Barcelona still stroking the ball around. Not seen much of Messi since his introduction.
    • 67' Valdes claims that one with ease. Barcelona are back on the move.
    • 67' Ansaldi wins a free kick from a decent position on the left for Rubin, and will take it himself.
    • 66' Sibaya on the break for Rubin and he almost combines with Kaleshin to test Valdes - Pique cleans it up just in time.
    • 65' Possession is still precisely 75/25 in Barcelona's favour - but the tide seems to be turning and the home side are looking just a little bit more weary now.
    • 64' Rubin substitution: Gokdeniz off, Martins on.
    • 64' BARCELONA CLOSE AGAIN! A header is flashed across goal and Villa looks favourite to get to the ball first from a couple of yards out, but somehow Ryzhikov gets there before him.
    • 62' Rubin substituion: Sibaya replaces Kornilenko.
    • 61' RYZHIKOV RESCUES RUBIN! Villa's cross is casually headed back into Alves' path - it's just as well the keeper was paying attention to smother the ball before the Brazilian could shoot!
    • 60' Barcelona substitution: Messi on, Mascherano off.
    • 59' VILLA SCORES! JUST! Ryzhikov gets a hand to it - in fact, it looks like he has saved it but somehow it creeps in. All square!
    • 58' PENALTY TO BARCA! Salukvadze clips Iniesta's heels as he strode into the area. This could undo all Rubin's hard work...
    • 58' His numbers could end up similar tonight, but they've got to score for it all to be worthwhile.
    • 57' From OptaJose on Twitter: "109 - Xavi completed 109 passes vs Athletic, the record in a single game amongst the top-5 European leagues this season. Schemer."
    • 56' It's David Villa - but it's not his finest effort. The ball sails a good five yards over the crossbar, and Rubin emerge unscathed.
    • 55' A chance for Barcelona here from a set piece - Rubin Kazan looking to build a wall from thirty yards. Which superstar wants it?
    • 54' Villa's volleyed cross/shot is kept in play but to little avail. Messi is warming up on the touchline.
    • 53' Gokdeniz's subsequent cross is just a bit too well hit, and Barcelona are left to build once more.
    • 52' Gokdeniz wins a throw right by the corner flag, doing well against Puyol there.
    • 51' STAT: Rubin - 60 completed passes - Barcelona - 352 completed passes.
    • 50' Noboa looks to get Rubin on the march but Pedro tracks back and wrests the ball off him once more. Xavi's ball doesn't reach its target, and the move breaks down again.
    • 50' Ryzhikov makes a confident catch and the danger passes.
    • 49' Busquests picks out a superb pass to find Villa on the left behind the defence but his cross is cleared for a corner.
    • 48' Rubin still looking organised - their banks of 5 defenders and 4 midfielders holding firm.
    • 47' Cesar Navas miskicks a clearance - it's his first mistake of the game, but his team-mate is on hand to cover the danger.
    • 46' Barcelona look to have injected a little pace already into their play as we start the second half. That could be critical.
    • 45' The second half begins!
    • 45' HALF-TIME! Barcelona are behind - Rubin's tactics are not pretty, but after 45 minutes they've been utterly effective. Can they hold out? And how long will it be until Messi is unleashed?
    • 45' The ball stands up nicely for Noboa to have a half-volleyed shot from just outside the penalty area, but Valdes is not challenged by that one.
    • 44' Loose ball once again! It looks like Pique will have a chance at the far post but he cannot get a shot away!
    • 43' Bocchetti gives away a free kick on the right clattering into Pedro. Xavi stands over it.
    • 42' PEDRO SO CLOSE! A different approach, with a long ball nodded back by Villa into Pedro's path, and his low shot goes narrowly wide of the post! Decent chance for the visitors!
    • 41' Barcelona still enjoying 75% of possession - they're playing patiently despite the goal deficit.
    • 40' Salukvadze picks up a booking for a wholly unnecessary tackle on Busquets from behind.
    • 39' Busquets is dispossessed by Gokdeniz and he bursts forward at breakneck speed. He is run off the ball for a throw in midway into the Barcelona half.
    • 38' HALF CHANCE! Xavi's ball looks like it will be harmless but suddenly Salukvadze slips on the grass and it looks like the opportunity has opened up for Pique, but it bobbles off his thigh and just out of the defender's reach.
    • 37' Free kick for Barcelona from a long way out. Chance for a cross.
    • 36' Kaleshin is brought down - this time in his own penalty area. Ryzhikov takes a long free kick forward down the middle.
    • 35' Ryazantsev is going nowhere fast on the right wing. Barcelona back on the ball.
    • 34' Mascherano, Alves and Pique look for a way froward but once more Rubin snuff out the chance.
    • 33' Good run from Dani Alves and a cross to match - Navas glances a header away which takes the ball away from Villa's path.
    • 32' Rubin just stringing a few passes together at the moment. The goal has changed the feel of the game.
    • 31' Good tackle from Cesar Navas to rob Villa in the box - and he manages to do it without conceding a corner, too.
    • 30' Still Barcelona have 74% of possession, but Berdyev's tactics are paying off at the moment. How will the Spanish respond?
    • 29' NOBOA SCORES! He drills it at a saveable height to Valdes' right hand side but it has enough power to beat the keeper!
    • 28' PENALTY! FOR RUBIN! Pique and Alves are chasing down Kaleshin and with space running out for Kaleshin Alves sticks a leg across. He could have avoided that.
    • 27' Kaleshin screams for the ball as Rubin break at pace - he is fed it, and he fluffs a volley at the sort of angle from which Marco van Basten put away that famous volley in the 1988 European Championship final.
    • 26' David Villa goes close! A nicely-shaped volley flashes just wide of the far post.
    • 25' Alves wins another corner - and then another which Xavi takes.
    • 25' Kaleshin catches Alves as the Brazilian looks to break down the wing on to a long ball.
    • 24' Poor corner, and having earned it Barcelona soon find themselves jogging back into position for a goal kick.
    • 23' Pedro to Busquets, then Pique, Alves, Pedro, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Iniesta - then he forces a corner. Hard work for the pass masters as they prove from left to right and back.
    • 22' Rubin Kazan actually operating with five at the back - and it's making it hard for the Spanish side to find a way through their opponents. It's not pretty tactics from Berdyev, but he can't afford another defeat.
    • 21' Dani Alves tries a shot - but it's not his finest - wide, and short of power.
    • 20' The game has settled into a very clear pattern - Barcelona utterly dominant on the ball, Rubin Kazan frenetic and energetic on the break. No goals so far.
    • 19' "Iniesta as a striker?? weird" says David in the comments section - he'd most likely be further back if Messi were fully fit, and he's been quite quiet so far. You can add your own comments below.
    • 18' Maxwell surges through to cross from the left flank but Ryzhikov gets down well to the ball and clutches it to his chest.
    • 17' Iniesta wins a throw after Ansaldi and Gokdeniz combine to deny him any room on the left.
    • 16' The wisdom of our learned Spanish friend OptaJose on Twitter: "0 - Barcelona have never lost in Russia (4 draws and 1 win). East."
    • 15' Kaleshin skips around a challenge but his ball in is immediately blocked. Rubin seem under pressure to get the ball forward quickly before they surrender possession, but aren't settling.
    • 14' Good shape to the ball and there's confusion in the Barcelona box for a moment. As the ball bobbles up Cesar Navas is adjudged to have blocked Victor Valdes unfairly.
    • 13' Chance for Rubin from a set piece - Ansaldi steps up to it.
    • 12' PEDRO HITS THE BAR! It's a terrific through ball from Villa and Pedro is all alone, but his poked effort has just a touch too much height and comes back off the crossbar!
    • 11' Pique seems to barely be playing as a centre-half, linking up regurlarly with the midfield to provide the side in green with yet another option.
    • 10' Ten minutes gone - Barcelona have had 74% of possession so far.
    • 9' Vilal steps over a Xavi pass but nobody read his dummy and the move fizzles out.
    • 8' Wasteful ball the second time around from Noboa. Barcelona have a goal kick and are back in possession.
    • 7' Dangerous-looking corner which Alves and Pique both look to head away, and it's another corner for Noboa to take.
    • 7' Good break forward from the home side, Pique has to concede a corner.
    • 6' Noboa wins a free kick after Busquets block him. Rubin afforded some respite from Barcelona's strangling possession.
    • 5' Pique tries a ball forward which Kaleshin intercepts with ease.
    • 4' First meaningful possession for Rubin Kazan - Murawski picks up the ball in the centre circle and the hosts surge upfield.
    • 3' Another smooth passing move orchestrated by Pique and Xavi culminates in Pedro's header near the penalty spot - it's supposed to be a flick, but it finds nobody.
    • 2' After twenty or so passes Pedro slides a ball across for Villa but it's taked off him just in time for a corner.
    • 1' Barcelona on the ball for the first minute - the visitors stroking the ball around with conviction already.
    • 1' The home side kick us off!
    • 17:29 Here we go...
    • 17:28 Barcelona are in their green away kit, Rubin in dark, Barcelona-esque colours.
    • 17:27 The palyers are out on the field - Carles Puyol swaps a flag with Rubin Kazan skipper Christian Noboa.
    • 17:26 The refereeing team is Turkish, and led by Cuneyt Cakir.
    • 17:25 So if you missed the team news earlier just have a scroll down and you can find them. We reckon Rubin Kazan will line-up in a 4-5-1 with Kornilenko on his own up front, while Barcelona will go for a more typical 4-3-3, but with Iniesta in the front three.
    • 17:20 It's wet out there! The rain is coming down heavily in Russia - that probably makes a long journey from Barcelona feel even longer.
    • 17:15 Barcelona have an abundance of attacking options, by contrast. Messi is Barca's all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 27 goals from 45 appearances, but even though he doesn't start David Villa (7 from 15) has a remarkable scoring record wherever he goes.
    • 17:10 Will Rubin Kazan find goals tonight? Their top scorers this season are Alan Kasaev and Christian Noboa, both with 5 goals from 21 and 20 appearances respectively. On the bench tonight is one Obafemi Martins - the former Newcastle striker has found the net just once for his new club so far.
    • 17:05 Pep Guardiola's achievements are slightly better known. Nearly twenty years younger than his opposite number tonight, Guardiola has won every major trophy in just two years of management.
    • 17:05 Rubin Kazan's coach Kurban Berdyev is coming up to ten years in the role. He took the side out of the second division in 2002, and has now made them one of Russia's best sides.
    • 17:00 RECENT FORM: Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Hercules, but they've won their other four games in the league and currently sit third in La Liga. New signing David Villa has begun repaying his rather significant transfer fee by scoring three goals for the club.
    • 17:00 RECENT FORM: Excepting that Champions League loss to Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan have been unbeaten in Russian football since July 31st, winning five and drawing two of their last seven fixtures. They're second in the Russian League.
    • 16:55 So the big news for Barcelona is of course that Messi is on the bench - and that didn't look likely when Ujfalusi injured his ankle when the Catalans played Atletico Madrid 10 days ago. For Rubin, 8 of the side who faced Barcelona in Kazan last year play start this time around.
    • 16:50 RUBIN KAZAN: Ryzhikov, Ansaldi, Cesar Navas, Ryazantsev, Salukvadze, Murawski, Noboa, Kaleshin, Bocchetti, Gokdeniz, Kornilenko - Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Sibaya, Kasaev, Martins, Natcho, Carlos Eduardo /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Mascherano, Busquets, Pedro, Maxwell - Subs: Jose Pinto, Bojan, Messi, Keita, Milito, Abidal, Thiago
    • 16:45 No great shame in not qualifying from last year's group, however. It included Barcelona and the eventual champions Inter Milan.
    • 16:45 Rubin Kazan are, for the uninitiated, something of a new force in Russian football. They won the Russian title in 2008 for the very first time, and defended it in 2009. In their first tilt at the Champions League they finished third in their group, and later went out in the last 16 of the Europa League.
    • 16:40 Barcelona began this season with a thumping 5-1 victory over Panathinaikos, while a late strike condemned Rubin Kazan to a 1-0 defeat in Copehagen.
    • 16:35 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Would you believe it's Rubin Kazan who boast the better record. They've met twice - last year at the same stage of the Champions League. The Russian leg was a goalless draw, but at the Nou Camp goals from Ryazantsev and Gokdeniz led the visitors to a 2-1 win.
    • 16:30 We have a standard 17:30 BST kick-off in Russia because Russia is three hours ahead of us in the UK - which means you can catch this game, and then enjoy the other seven fixtures across Europe starting at 19:45.
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to LIVE updates from Barcelona's Champions League game in Russia, where they face Rubin Kazan.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' INIESTA CANNOT GRAB THE WIN! Messi somehow squeezes through a pass to Iniesta, and the curled shot is a whisker high and a whisker wide!
    • 88' BOJAN MISSES! Good chance - another close range header, and this time Barcelona's chance is put wide by the substitute!
    • 86' MARTINS HITS THE POST! Great coutner attack from Rubin who emerge from their slumber and when the cross comes in from Kaleshin Marins header rebounds off the post!
    • 70' MESSI CLOSE! Iniesta plays a great ball which Bocchetti can only half deal with, and Messi drills a shot from a narrow angle straight into Ryzhikov's chest!
    • 64' BARCELONA CLOSE AGAIN! A header is flashed across goal and Villa looks favourite to get to the ball first from a couple of yards out, but somehow Ryzhikov gets there before him.
    • 61' RYZHIKOV RESCUES RUBIN! Villa's cross is casually headed back into Alves' path - it's just as well the keeper was paying attention to smother the ball before the Brazilian could shoot!
    • 59' VILLA SCORES! JUST! Ryzhikov gets a hand to it - in fact, it looks like he has saved it but somehow it creeps in. All square!
    • 58' PENALTY TO BARCA! Salukvadze clips Iniesta's heels as he strode into the area. This could undo all Rubin's hard work...
    • 44' Loose ball once again! It looks like Pique will have a chance at the far post but he cannot get a shot away!
    • 42' PEDRO SO CLOSE! A different approach, with a long ball nodded back by Villa into Pedro's path, and his low shot goes narrowly wide of the post! Decent chance for the visitors!
    • 38' HALF CHANCE! Xavi's ball looks like it will be harmless but suddenly Salukvadze slips on the grass and it looks like the opportunity has opened up for Pique, but it bobbles off his thigh and just out of the defender's reach.
    • 29' NOBOA SCORES! He drills it at a saveable height to Valdes' right hand side but it has enough power to beat the keeper!
    • 28' PENALTY! FOR RUBIN! Pique and Alves are chasing down Kaleshin and with space running out for Kaleshin Alves sticks a leg across. He could have avoided that.
    • 26' David Villa goes close! A nicely-shaped volley flashes just wide of the far post.
    • 12' PEDRO HITS THE BAR! It's a terrific through ball from Villa and Pedro is all alone, but his poked effort has just a touch too much height and comes back off the crossbar!
    • 17:25 So if you missed the team news earlier just have a scroll down and you can find them. We reckon Rubin Kazan will line-up in a 4-5-1 with Kornilenko on his own up front, while Barcelona will go for a more typical 4-3-3, but with Iniesta in the front three.
    • 16:50 RUBIN KAZAN: Ryzhikov, Ansaldi, Cesar Navas, Ryazantsev, Salukvadze, Murawski, Noboa, Kaleshin, Bocchetti, Gokdeniz, Kornilenko - Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Sibaya, Kasaev, Martins, Natcho, Carlos Eduardo /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Mascherano, Busquets, Pedro, Maxwell - Subs: Jose Pinto, Bojan, Messi, Keita, Milito, Abidal, Thiago
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to LIVE updates from Barcelona's Champions League game in Russia, where they face Rubin Kazan.

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    Manager: Kurban Berdyyev

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    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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