Thursday September 15, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers 0 - 3 Rubin Kazan

  • Martins 3’
  • Noboa 50’
  • Karadeniz 60’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Shamrock Rovers
    • Rubin Kazan
    • 90+3 There's the whistle. Shamrock Rovers' foray into group stage football ends disappointingly, hardly surprising, a 3-0 defeat at home to Russian big-boys Rubin Kazan.
    • 90+2 Karadeniz has a crack but sends it wide.
    • 90' Three minutes added time being played.
    • 88' Natkho puts the corner in... the hosts clear but ball drops to Ryazantsev, only he puts it wide.
    • 87' Ryazantsev has a shot from range but that is blocked too.
    • 85' Kilduff takes a tumble in the box but he slipped, no penalty despite his appeals.
    • 83' Sharanov is booked... Free-kick which Dennehy will take...
    • 82' Dennehy takes this corner and Rice has a pop but the keeper again saves.
    • 81' Ryzhikov saves from Dennehy's long-range free-kick, another corner to Rovers. Dennehy puts it in and Turner attacks but Ryzhikov again makes the save!
    • 80' Noboa picks it up and has a pop but Thompson is equal to it in the Rovers goal.
    • 78' A really scrappy exchange as both sides give away a succession of free-kicks.
    • 77' Half-chance for Dennehy but he air-kicks at the vital moment, around 12 yards out!
    • 76' Kilduff has been bright since coming on and he almost gets in but the keeper Ryzhikov reads it.
    • 75' RUBIN SUB: Ansaldi comes on for Kaleshin.
    • 73' Dennehy puts the ball in again but Turner fouls Kaleshin.
    • 72' Rovers have a corner, which Dennehy will take... Cleared behind for another.
    • 70' Dyadyun is booked for a foul on Sullivan.
    • 68' Natkho hits the post from range! Thompson gets a touch and Karadeniz has a shot but straight at the Jamaican keeper!
    • 67' Bit scrappy after fouls by Bystrov and then Twigg. Turner came on for Ricketts while the penalty was being prepared.
    • 66' OH BUT O'DONNELL MISSES THE PENALTY! Good save by the keeper Ryzhikov but an ordinary penno. Still 3-0.
    • 65' Rovers have a lifeline as Navas brings down Twigg in the area... The ref spares him an early bath.
    • 64' RUBIN SUB: Dyadyun on for Valdez.
    • 63' Rovers are plugging away to try and make the scoreline more respectable.
    • 61' The Israeli midfielder Natkho put the ball in for th Turk, great assist, and a wonderful curling finish in off the bar.
    • 60' GOAL! 3-0, game over. That man Karadeniz gets the goal his support play deserved.
    • - The other game in this group, between PAOK and the Spurs youth team, remains goalless, though not for lack of trying - the Thessaloniki team have missed a penalty (which was retaken) and are all over a young but resolute Tottenham.
    • 58' Murray races through but the flag is up.
    • 57' Ryazantsev nods over after a good cross by Karadeniz, who has been the danger man.
    • 56' ROVERS SUB: Finn off for Kilduff.
    • 55' ROVERS SUB: Dennehy on for McCormack.
    • 52' Finn meets Twigg's ball with a header but Ryzhikov manages to tip it away. That was a half chance.
    • 51' Bystrov crossed in and again the hosts failed to clear their lines, Noboa there to smash home the loose ball. Great finish, top corner, but poor defending.
    • 50' GOAL RUBIN! Noboa makes it two!
    • 48' Ricketts fouls Kaleshin. Lucky not to be booked.
    • 47' Ricketts and Stevens exchange passes but Sharanov clears, injuring himself while doing so.
    • 46' RUBIN SUB: Martins is replaced by Bystrov. He faded a bit at the end of the half.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' No added time and the Russians lead 1-0 through Martins's early goal.
    • 43' And the Rovers keeper makes another meal of a backpass, but again isn't fully punished as Rubin fail to make the most of it.
    • 42' Dodgy kick from Thompson but he gets away with it as Rovers clear...
    • 40' Karadeniz again on the ball but he overhits the pass aimed for Valdes. Surely only a matter of time...
    • 38' The Turkish winger Karadeniz has a run into space wide left but his cross flies out for a goal kick.
    • 36' Rovers have got the wind in their sails again - a massive let off for them. Attacking now looking for a leveller.
    • 35' WHAT A SAVE! Thompson gets down low to keep Valdez's penalty out! Murray hacks it clear too. The crowd rises in unison!
    • 34' Rubin have a penalty... Martins gets past Sives, who gives him a shove and a stonewall penno.
    • 33' Natkho puts one in from wide but Murray is able to clear. Rubin cranking it up.
    • 31' Kaleshin is down hurt, break in play.
    • 29' They started off in fine voice but the home crowd has quietened of late. Realising the extent of their task in this competition.
    • 27' Finn clobbers Bocchetti on halfway. Free-kick no card.
    • 25' Valdez almost sets Martins through but the Nigeria man is slow to react and it's through to the keeper.
    • 22' Rovers are doing well to keep on to the ball, but Rubin have pace up front and will be looking for the break. Decent response to a terrible start for the Irish.
    • 19' O'Donnell plays a ball long for Twigg but he's offside.
    • 18' Valdez goes on a mazy dribble, only stopped by Rice's intervention.
    • 17' Ryazantsev takes down Ricketts but the free-kick is cleared.
    • 15' Almost a goal for Rovers! The keeper Ryzhikov came out and flapped wildly as O'Donnell arrived to meet a superb cross from Ricketts! All set up by a flick-on by Twigg.
    • 13' The last few minutes have seen the Irish hold on to possession a bit more, without really moving forward. This could help them get some sort of rhythm going.
    • 11' Rovers are being dominated here, as you'd expect. They need to be careful about keeping the score down.
    • 10' Rovers finally move forward but Sullivan can't get the cross in from the right.
    • 8' World Cup star Valdez is in after good work again from Martins, but he fires well over.
    • 6' English defender Murray loses his bearings and Martins is in, he plays a low cross for Karadeniz but Sullivan saves the day with a block!
    • 4' Poor defending by the hosts as a low ball into the box was left to run to Martins, who finished easily.
    • 3' GOAL RUBIN! And it's Obafemi Martins! Nightmare start for the Irish.
    • 2' Rubin putting pressure on Rovers from the off...
    • 1' First half underway...
    • 17:55 Ricketts is probably the highest-profile player at Rovers, but Gary Twigg is probably the most established player at the club while left-back Enda Stevens is joining Aston Villa next season, highly rated,
    • 17:50 There are some big names in the Rubin squad tonight - former Newcastle and Inter striker Obafemi Martins, a host of South Americans, and Alexei Eremenko, brother of cup-tied Roman.
    • 17:45 Tonight's odds are Shamrock Rovers - 11/2; Rubin Kazan - 1/2; Draw - 16/5. The bookmakers reflecting what everyone thinks - the Irish practically have no chance.
    • 17:40 Tonight's referee is Zsolt Szabo from Hungary (as if he'd be from anywhere else with that name).
    • 17:35 Shamrock Rovers are semi-pro; Rubin have rich owners and won the Russian league in 2008 and 2009. They came third last season. Hardly equal footing...
    • 17:30 FACT: This is only the third meeting between Irish and Russian club sides in UEFA competition history. Neither side has faced a team from the other's country before.
    • 17:25 For Rubin Turkey midfielder Gokdeniz Karadeniz starts after sorting out his visa in time, although Roman Eremenko is cup-tied afte featuring for Dynamo Kiev earlier this summer.
    • 17:20 So for the Irish side former Spurs man Rohan Ricketts gets his Europa League debut after joining on a free at the end of August, although fellow new-boy Jim Paterson is on the bench. Conor McCormack returns after recovering from injury, as does Stephen Rice, with Chris Turner on the bench. Ken Oman and Dean Kelly remain sidelined.
    • 17:15 TEAMS - Shamrock Rovers: Thompson, Sullivan, Stevens, Sives, Murray, Rice, O'Donnell, Finn, McCormack, Ricketts, Twigg; Subs: Brush, McCabe, Sheppard, Kilduff, Turner, Dennehy, Paterson /// Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Bocchetti, Cesar Navas, Sharonov, Noboa, Kaleshin, Ryazantsev, Karadeniz, Natkho, Haedo Valdez, Martins; Subs: Arlauskis, Ansaldi, Bystrov, Kasaev, Alexei Eremenko, Dyadyun, Kverkvelia
    • 17:10 Rubin boss Kurban Berdyev: "We don't know about individuals. The information we have is that it's a team that knows how to play together. The coach has done very well with them. We have watched their games on video."
    • 17:05 Rovers boss Michael O'Neill: "It's a massive challenge, we're going in against top-class opposition riddled with international players, a big spending club. It's a big challenge but it's great for us to get the chance. People talk about the financial aspect to it but we want to continue to do ourselves justice in that competition."
    • 17:00 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Shamrock Rovers' and indeed Ireland's Europa League group stage debut - a home clash against moneybags Russian club Rubin Kazan.
  • Summary

    • 81' Ryzhikov saves from Dennehy's long-range free-kick, another corner to Rovers. Dennehy puts it in and Turner attacks but Ryzhikov again makes the save!
    • 77' Half-chance for Dennehy but he air-kicks at the vital moment, around 12 yards out!
    • 68' Natkho hits the post from range! Thompson gets a touch and Karadeniz has a shot but straight at the Jamaican keeper!
    • 66' OH BUT O'DONNELL MISSES THE PENALTY! Good save by the keeper Ryzhikov but an ordinary penno. Still 3-0.
    • 60' GOAL! 3-0, game over. That man Karadeniz gets the goal his support play deserved.
    • 52' Finn meets Twigg's ball with a header but Ryzhikov manages to tip it away. That was a half chance.
    • 51' Bystrov crossed in and again the hosts failed to clear their lines, Noboa there to smash home the loose ball. Great finish, top corner, but poor defending.
    • 50' GOAL RUBIN! Noboa makes it two!
    • 35' WHAT A SAVE! Thompson gets down low to keep Valdez's penalty out! Murray hacks it clear too. The crowd rises in unison!
    • 34' Rubin have a penalty... Martins gets past Sives, who gives him a shove and a stonewall penno.
    • 15' Almost a goal for Rovers! The keeper Ryzhikov came out and flapped wildly as O'Donnell arrived to meet a superb cross from Ricketts! All set up by a flick-on by Twigg.
    • 6' English defender Murray loses his bearings and Martins is in, he plays a low cross for Karadeniz but Sullivan saves the day with a block!
    • 3' GOAL RUBIN! And it's Obafemi Martins! Nightmare start for the Irish.
    • 17:15 TEAMS - Shamrock Rovers: Thompson, Sullivan, Stevens, Sives, Murray, Rice, O'Donnell, Finn, McCormack, Ricketts, Twigg; Subs: Brush, McCabe, Sheppard, Kilduff, Turner, Dennehy, Paterson /// Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Bocchetti, Cesar Navas, Sharonov, Noboa, Kaleshin, Ryazantsev, Karadeniz, Natkho, Haedo Valdez, Martins; Subs: Arlauskis, Ansaldi, Bystrov, Kasaev, Alexei Eremenko, Dyadyun, Kverkvelia

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  • Shamrock Rovers

    Manager: Michael O'Neill

  • Rubin Kazan

    Manager: Kurban Berdyyev

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