Wednesday November 24, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Central

Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 FC Copenhagen

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    Rubin win to keep hopes alive

    Christian Noboa's penalty gave Rubin Kazan a 1-0 win over Copenhagen and a fighting chance of qualifying for the Champions League last 16. More

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    Time:90'
    • Rubin Kazan
    • FC Copenhagen
    • 90+3 Navas with a hoof clear, anywhere will do now! And that's the whistle! Rubin win, and they have a fighting chance.
    • 90+3 GOOD SAVE RYZHIKOV! It was the teeanger Zohore with a fizzing drive that the keeper batted away! Danger is not clear yet...
    • 90+2 Routine claim from Ryzhikov at the near post. Looks like they've done enough.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time as Rubin make a mess of wasting some seconds in the corner.
    • 90' Rubin counter, Karadeniz on his own in the middle, he goes inside and out and with Ryazantsev free he opts to shoot but tipped over by Wiland! Corner.
    • 89' Zohore heads well wide after Wendt swung a cross in from the left.
    • 88' This is a late rally from the visitors as they press and press, although it's Rubin now who are well organised...
    • 87' Wiland races on to a through ball that is too heavy for Medvedev.
    • 86' To his credit the home keeper launches the ball downfield quickly, with Copenhagen committed to attack, but Zanka clears.
    • 85' Ryzhikov dives on to Gronkjaer's cross and can waste some time here.
    • 84' RUBIN SUB: Karadeniz on for Kaleshin.
    • 83' Kaleshin is hurt after a clash of heads...
    • 82' All getting a bit scrappy now as the hosts look to spoil the attempt at a comeback.
    • 80' RUBIN SUB: Kornilenko off for Medvedev.
    • 79' Both sides seem a touch jaded now as they enter the last 10 minutes.
    • 77' Kaleshin takes out Popsech and he gets yellow.
    • 75' N'DOYE OFF THE BAR! He exchanges passes with Zohore on the edge of the box and smashes a dipping drive off the top of the woodwork! Best move of the game.
    • 74' Copenhagen now have cranked it up a notch as they lay camp on the edge of the Rubin half.
    • 73' COPENHAGEN SUB: Vingaard is replaced by 16-year-old Zohore.
    • 72' Good ball in from Bystrov but N'Doye clears, back wide to Bystrov but again his delivery is met by N'Doye.
    • 72' Wendt is booked for a frustrated foul on Karadeniz.
    • 71' Cleared at the near post by Copenhagen but Rubin have a throw on the left.
    • 70' Zanka with a risky back pass to Wiland, who gives him the look of death after putting it out for a corner.
    • 69' RUBIN SUB: Kasayev replaced by Bystrov. Straight swap in midfield, although Bystrov is a qualified lawyer. Kasayev is not.
    • 68' Good stuff here from Copenhagen, their best spell of the game, but they overcook it and Gronkjaer is sold short on the right this time.
    • 67' The second corner is headed away by Ryazantsev at the near post. N'Doye puts it back across goal but Rubin clear. Decent pressure from Copenhagen as N'Doye wins a free-kick on halfway.
    • 66' Noboa is fine as the corner comes in, put behind by Bocchetti for a second corner.
    • 65' Noboa is down holding his ankle after he got a knock blocking Gronkjaer's shot.
    • 64' Again the well drilled Copenhagen defence clear and Gronkjaer wins a corner.
    • 63' Karadeniz again down the right, winning a corner.
    • 62' N'Doye is furious with Bolanos, who inexplicably shoots from the right wing when Copenhagen had men over.
    • 61' After some treatment the Rubin keeper is on his feet to pump the free-kick long.
    • 60' The corner is delayed as Atkinson deals with some nonsense in the box. Eventually it is swung across and Bolanos impedes the keeper but nothing given. A corner to FCK on the other side. This time Rizhikov punches it away and goes down, whistle goes and this time it's a foul by Zanka.
    • 59' N'Doye, who has been very quiet, wins a corner after leading a charge solo.
    • 58' Rubin break with Natcho on the left but his low ball to Kornilenko is well fielded by Antonsson.
    • 57' Karadeniz bombs down the right again, he finds Ryazanstev in the box but his backheel is aimless: simpler would have been to drive it across goal, with Kornilenko loitering.
    • 56' Kornilenko is penalised for a high foot on the edge of the Copenhagen box.
    • 55' Karadeniz with a superb run down the right but his cross is cleared.
    • 53' After a nice counter Wendt's shot is blocked by Karadeniz, super defending, and Rubin can break here, Natcho down the right but out for a throw .
    • 52' Rubin are still launching quick attacks on the Copenhagen goal, clearly looking to win this well. They lost the away game 1-0 so a two-goal win would give them the edge on head-to-head.
    • 50' A succession of Copenhagen crosses end in a long shot from Kvist on the volley but straight at the keeper.
    • 49' Wasted by the hosts and the visitors clear, Popsech bursts down the right and cuts inside before firing in a shot that Ryzhikov palms behind! Corner. Great effort.
    • 48' Free-kick Rubin after Vingaard fouls Karadeniz.
    • 47' Rubin have cranked it up a notch as Karadeniz gets in down the right, his cross cleared.
    • 46' The hosts start the second half well with a couple of adventurous attacks.
    • 46' The second half gets underway.
    • 46' We've managed to get a closer look at the penalty incident. A great call from Atkinson - it seemed from every angle that Noboa flicked the ball on but it was actually Gronkjaer's arm.
    • 45+2 Half-time and a poor game is brought to life at the break by the penalty.
    • 45+2 Noboa steps up to take it... Roof of the net, Rubin take the lead! Their second goal of the Champions League group stage so far.
    • 45+1 PENALTY RUBIN! Noboa gets a shove in the back from Gronjkaer as he tries to meet the free-kick. I think. Who knows? Looked soft to me. Looking at the replay I can see no reason why that was given. Very weak.
    • 45' Ryasantzev hurls himself to the turf after a clash with Claudemir, an exaggerated fall once again but a foul is given this time.
    • 44' Wendt tries to combine with Gronkjaer but the hosts clear.
    • 43' Another poor pass, from Natcho this time, sees Wendt able to clear from Karadeniz.
    • 42' Ryasantsev is the second player today to see yellow. Simulation by the Russian just inside the box.
    • 41' A couple of aimless long balls are exchanged between defences. This has, I'm afraid to say, been a poor first half.
    • 39' Kornilenko races on to a through ball but he won't reach that and it slides out for a goal kick.
    • 38' Antonsson clears with great composure after Karadeniz and Noboa combine.
    • 37' Ryazantsev is dispossesed by Popsech after the Russian got in down the left.
    • 36' Rubin clear the delivery and the whistle goes for a foul by a Copenhagen player.
    • 35' Bolanos wins a free-kick on the right, given by the assistant. Wendt again to take with his left...
    • 34' Great block by Janka after Kasayev got the run of the left wing following a one-two with Noboa. Easy to see why he's been coveted by Europe's bigger clubs.
    • 33' Gronkjaer is running at pace but slips over the ball. Not the best conditions I fear.
    • 32' Kasayev down the left crosses, Antonsson clears and Oboa can shoot but gets it all wrong. Well wide.
    • 31' Rubin easily clear from N'Doye after a long ball.
    • 30' Just wide from Kornilenko, who fired in a low shot from the edge of the box. The keeper Wiland didn't move, seeming to know it was going wide or accepting he wouldn't get there. Wiland screams at his defence for letting the striker turn and shoot so easly.
    • 29' Kasayev flicks it on to Ryazantsev, who has been quiet so far and who loses the ball.
    • 28' N'Doye gives away a free-kick. He is one card away from a ban.
    • 27' Kaleshin on the right find Karadeniz and he has plenty to aim at but Wiland takes the cross easily.
    • 26' Kornilenko gets the ball 12 yards out, he turns Antonsson but the Swede stays close and forces him to slide the shot well wide.
    • 25' Kornilenko finds Kasayev but Copenhagen get men behind the ball. Kaleshin now but Wendt closes him down and the move loses impetus.
    • 24' The crowd roars as Karadeniz gets a sniff on the edge of the box but Zanka-Jorgensen glides across to clear. Next Kasayev has it on the left but Popsech clears from him easily enough.
    • 23' Bolanos, who has already been booked, clatters into Noboa. Calm down lad.
    • 22' Natcho wide to Kaleshin up from right back but a poor cross out for a goal kick.
    • 21' Honest assessment of the first quarter of this game? Scrappy. The two chances have been half chances and neither side has really got any rhythm going to the passing.
    • 20' Natcho plays it down the right for Karadeniz to chase but Antonsson clears.
    • 19' Copenhagen play their way out of trouble deep in their own half. They are very comfortable on the ball.
    • 18' Karadeniz, the Turk, gets down the right beyond Wendt but his low cross is cleared.
    • 17' Rubin looking a lot more confident now as they control possession.
    • 16' The visitors have a goal kick after a Rubin attack breaks down.
    • 14' Gronkjaer spins off Navas, who slips, great pace from the winger and Copenhagen are in and he slips it low FOR BOLANOS IN THE BOX but he smashes it over! Poor finish, he got that all wrong.
    • 13' Copenhagen have a throw deep on the left after the Rubin defence briefly opened up. Taken short.
    • 12' Wendt plays a free kick from wide into the box but Natcho clears. Good ball, swinging in from the right using his left foot.
    • 11' Kornilenko races clear of the defence and a late flag calls him offside. No, he was onside, poor decision. Wendt played him on.
    • 10' Bolanos with a foul on Ansaldi and he earns a booking. A stray arm.
    • 9' So that was the first real opening of the game, and it created two chances in one minute. Kornilenko and Karadeniz with the initial run.
    • 8' Antonsson with an important block as Rubin break with pace. Corner. Taken short and put in the box, bodies everywhere, Noboa has a pop and it strikes a visiting defender, Rubin want a penalty but waved away by Atkinson! They think it hit an arm but it was hard to see who got the block in, let alone which body part.
    • 7' Copenhagen free-kick on the right which Wendt will swing in but Kornilenko is back defending to head away.
    • 6' Bolanos cuts inside from the right and is taken down by Ansaldi. Two Latin Americans up against each other in Russia.
    • 5' Bolanos inside to Kvist, now N'Doye but Navas clears.
    • 4' A wild effort from Bolanos, from range and miles high and wide.
    • 3' The teams still sounding each other out with no real give from either.
    • 2' A cagey start from both sides with much at stake. Rubin playing it about cautiously at the back.
    • 1' The match is underway in Russia!
    • 17:28 The teams are out and it is freezing in Kazan. A cluster of fully-wrapped Danes are in the stands to cheer their side one, for whom victory would place them in the last 16. As I said earlier, Rubin HAVE to win.
    • 17:25 Stale Solbakken, Copenhagen coach:"Rubin have to win while we can go through with a draw. However, we will try for three points even though we know Barcelona have not won here in two attempts. We have a fair idea how Rubin will line up. In their last two league matches they were 2-0 down but managed to draw both - committing players to attack and creating lots of chances. . If we succeed it will be the best night in our club's European history."
    • 17:20 Kurban Berdyev, Rubin coach: "We have already secured third in the league and, despite having an important final match against Lokomotiv Moscow, the Champions League is our priority. The people who saw us as one of the favourites before the group started did not know the strength of Copenhagen. They are an excellent team who proved their quality in both matches against Barcelona. Some people probably expect better from us but we are not putting any pressure on the team."
    • 17:15 COPENHAGEN TEAM NEWS: Forward Morten Nordstrand was expected to play after recovering from thigh and groin injuries but he fails to make the squad. Defender Soelvi Ottesen has not travelled with the rest of the squad as his wife is due to give birth.
    • 17:10 RUBIN TEAM NEWS: Goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov returns from a shoulder injury but Obafemi Martins (flu) does not even make the bench. Carlos Eduardo is out with a knee injury.
    • 17:05 Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
    • 17:05 TEAMS - Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Kaleshin, Cesar Navas, Bocchetti, Ansaldi, Ryazantsev, Noboa, Natcho, Kasaev, Karadeniz, Kornilenko; Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Bystrov, Salukvadze, Murawski, Balyaikin, Medvedev /// FC Copenhagen: Wiland, Pospech, Jorgensen, Antonsson, Wendt, Bolanos, Kvist, Claudemir, Vingaard, Gronkjaer, Ndoye; Subs: Christensen, Santin, Larsson, Kristensen, Zohore, Oviedo, Delaney
    • 17:00 FACT: Rubin Kazan have drawn all five Champions League matches on home soil.
    • 16:55 FACT: Rubin Kazan have won none and drawn five of their last seven matches in European competition.
    • 16:50 FACT: The Danes have lost six of their seven Champions League away games and failed to score in five of them.
    • 16:45 FACT: Copenhagen are unbeaten in four matches in Europe against Russian opponents, winning three.
    • 16:40 Group D standings (with two games remaining): 1. Barcelona (8 pts, +6 GD); 2. Copenhagen (7 pts, +1 GD); 3. Rubin Kazan (3pts, GD -1), 4. Panathinaikos (2 pts, GD -6).
    • 16:40 PERMUTATIONS: A more likely scenario is that one of these sides will come second. Rubin - on three points - have to win in this case, as a draw would put Copenhagen - on seven points - out of their reach. If Copenhagen win, they will qualify, with Barcelona through if they get a point in Athens.
    • 16:35 PERMUTATIONS: Whatever happens in this group, leaders and favourites Barcelona will be joined in the knockout round by a lesser-known team. Panathinaikos lie bottom and can only qualify if they beat Barcelona tonight, beat Copenhagen away in the last Group D game and hope that Rubin Kazan win this match and lose against Barcelona.
    • 16:30 Welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Rubin Kazan's Champions League Group D clash at home to FC Copenhagen, with kick off an early 5.30pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 GOOD SAVE RYZHIKOV! It was the teeanger Zohore with a fizzing drive that the keeper batted away! Danger is not clear yet...
    • 90' Rubin counter, Karadeniz on his own in the middle, he goes inside and out and with Ryazantsev free he opts to shoot but tipped over by Wiland! Corner.
    • 75' N'DOYE OFF THE BAR! He exchanges passes with Zohore on the edge of the box and smashes a dipping drive off the top of the woodwork! Best move of the game.
    • 53' After a nice counter Wendt's shot is blocked by Karadeniz, super defending, and Rubin can break here, Natcho down the right but out for a throw .
    • 49' Wasted by the hosts and the visitors clear, Popsech bursts down the right and cuts inside before firing in a shot that Ryzhikov palms behind! Corner. Great effort.
    • 46' We've managed to get a closer look at the penalty incident. A great call from Atkinson - it seemed from every angle that Noboa flicked the ball on but it was actually Gronkjaer's arm.
    • 45+2 Noboa steps up to take it... Roof of the net, Rubin take the lead! Their second goal of the Champions League group stage so far.
    • 45+1 PENALTY RUBIN! Noboa gets a shove in the back from Gronjkaer as he tries to meet the free-kick. I think. Who knows? Looked soft to me. Looking at the replay I can see no reason why that was given. Very weak.
    • 34' Great block by Janka after Kasayev got the run of the left wing following a one-two with Noboa. Easy to see why he's been coveted by Europe's bigger clubs.
    • 30' Just wide from Kornilenko, who fired in a low shot from the edge of the box. The keeper Wiland didn't move, seeming to know it was going wide or accepting he wouldn't get there. Wiland screams at his defence for letting the striker turn and shoot so easly.
    • 14' Gronkjaer spins off Navas, who slips, great pace from the winger and Copenhagen are in and he slips it low FOR BOLANOS IN THE BOX but he smashes it over! Poor finish, he got that all wrong.
    • 8' Antonsson with an important block as Rubin break with pace. Corner. Taken short and put in the box, bodies everywhere, Noboa has a pop and it strikes a visiting defender, Rubin want a penalty but waved away by Atkinson! They think it hit an arm but it was hard to see who got the block in, let alone which body part.
    • 17:05 TEAMS - Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Kaleshin, Cesar Navas, Bocchetti, Ansaldi, Ryazantsev, Noboa, Natcho, Kasaev, Karadeniz, Kornilenko; Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Bystrov, Salukvadze, Murawski, Balyaikin, Medvedev /// FC Copenhagen: Wiland, Pospech, Jorgensen, Antonsson, Wendt, Bolanos, Kvist, Claudemir, Vingaard, Gronkjaer, Ndoye; Subs: Christensen, Santin, Larsson, Kristensen, Zohore, Oviedo, Delaney

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    Manager: Kurban Berdyyev

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    Manager: Ståle Solbakken

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