Barcelona frustrated at Rubin Kazan

MOSCOW: Spanish giants
Barcelona were held to a 1-1
draw by Russian champions
Rubin Kazan in their
Champions League Group D
encounter at Kazan on
Wednesday.
Both goals came from the
penalty spot, with
Ecuadorian midfielder
Christian Noboa giving
Rubin the lead in the first
half and David Villa
equalising on the hour mark.
The result leaves
Barcelona on top of the group
with four points from two
matches, while Kazan have
just one point, having lost 1-
0 at FC Copenhagen in their
opening match.
Panathinaikos, thrashed
5-1 by Barcelona in their first
game, host Copenhagen later
on Wednesday.
“We got a very important
point tonight,” said Villa.
“The penalty in the first
half made life hard for us
because they were playing
well in defence.
“We missed a lot of
chances and the Rubin
Barcelona frustrated
at Rubin Kazan
goalkeeper played very well,
but finally we managed to
level. Rubin played well on
the counter-attack, so we had
to play very carefully in
defence.”
Spanish champions
Barcelona started
cautiously in Kazan, no
doubt mindful of the shock
2-1 defeat Rubin inflicted on
them at Camp Nou in the
group phase last season.
It was Barca who created
the first clear chance in the
12th minute, when Villa sent
a razor-sharp pass into
Rubin’s box for Pedro
Rodriguez, who lofted the
ball against the crossbar
from eight yards. Barcelona
had quickly settled into their
house style, keeping the ball
under control and probing
the hosts’ defence for
frailties, with Rubin content
to sit back and defend.
Villa threatened in the
26th minute, shooting across
goal and wide on the halfvolley
after the ball fell to
him following a corner. — AFP

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