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Resilient Lyon hold off Rubin

Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 19.48CET
FC Rubin Kazan 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 2-4)
The visitors will play in the group stage for the 12th successive season after repelling a determined second-half push from Kurban Berdyev's men.
Resilient Lyon hold off Rubin
Lyon's Jimmy Briand holds off Sergei Kislyak in Kazan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RubinLyon

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners6
 
6
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 19.48CET

Resilient Lyon hold off Rubin

FC Rubin Kazan 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 2-4)
The visitors will play in the group stage for the 12th successive season after repelling a determined second-half push from Kurban Berdyev's men.

Olympique Lyonnais will play in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 12th successive season after a 1-1 draw at FC Rubin Kazan put them through 4-2 on aggregate.

If the first half of this play-off decider was a tight affair, matters certainly livened up after the interval as Rubin piled on the pressure. When Bebras Natcho struck with 13 minutes remaining, the Russian side only needed another one to go through on away goals. However, Bakary Koné headed in late on to make sure of Lyon's place in Thursday's draw.

Rubin struck early in last week's first leg, but they displayed a far more wary approach at home. Kurban Berdyev's men were happy to ease into the contest and it was Lyon who threatened first, after 15 minutes, as Maxime Gonalons seized on a loose ball and drove in a low shot that was tipped wide by Sergei Ryzhikov.

Rubin were enjoying more possession but could not find an opening, and when they did get in behind, Sergei Kislyak could not produce a telling cross. Gökdeniz Karadeniz then overran the ball in the 34th minute as a shooting opportunity presented itself for the first time – nevertheless, the hosts finished the first half without a single effort on target.

There was a marked increase in urgency as Rubin emerged after the interval and Christian Noboa quickly fired wide. This change of tack also afforded Lyon more space, though, and after 57 minutes they nearly made the hosts pay. Bafétimbi Gomis was released by Kim Källström and rounded Ryzhikov, only for a sliding Vitali Kaleshin to make a superb goal-line clearance.

Rubin's attacks were becoming more frequent and after Lyon striker Lisandro was denied in a one-on-one situation by Ryzhikov, Igor Lebedenko saw his bullet header cannon off the bar and away to safety. The hosts' pressure was mounting, and Aleksei Medvedev went close twice before Natcho struck with 13 minutes left, volleying in Obafemi Martins' astute knockdown.

The Russian outfit continued to press but with three minutes left, Koné beat Ryzhikov to Källström's inswinging corner to effectively settle the tie and end Rubin's dream of reaching the group stage for a third time.

Last updated: 26/08/11 1.08CET

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Quotes

  • Bakary Koné

    Read more"The goal was a moment of pure joy. I feel very content in this team. My team-mates have given me a perfect welcome; I'm proud to be in such a team"

  • Kurban Berdyev, Rubin coach

    Read more"We knew Lyon would play from defence and try to counterattack. We had chances after we opened the scoring, but by then we had almost no energy"

Lineups

rubin

Rubin

lyon

Lyon

1
RyzhikovSergei Ryzhikov (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
9
NemovPetr Nemov
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
Goal87
11
LebedenkoIgor Lebedenko
Substitution69
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Yellow Card45+1
6
KällströmKim Källström
16
NoboaChristian Noboa
9
LisandroLisandro (C)
Substitution90+2
19
KaleshinVitali Kaleshin
11
BastosMichel Bastos
25
DyadyunVladimir Dyadyun
Substitution69
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
61
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution84
66
NatchoBebras Natcho
Goal77
19
BriandJimmy Briand
Yellow Card83
67
KverkveliaSolomon Kverkvelia
20
CissokhoAly Cissokho
76
SharonovRoman Sharonov (C)
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons

Substitutes

24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
5
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution69
2
GassamaLamine Gassama
7
BystrovPetr Bystrov
8
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution84
10
KasaevAlan Kasaev
22
S. KonéSidy Koné
26
MedvedevAleksei Medvedev
Substitution69
24
PiedJérémy Pied
Substitution90+2
63
DzhalilovAlisher Dzhalilov
39
BelfodilIshak Belfodil
65
ZhestokovMaksim Zhestokov
43
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti

Coach

Kurban Berdyev (RUS) Rémi Garde (FRA)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Yves De Neve (BEL)

Fourth official

Luc Wouters (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Christof Dierick (BEL), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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