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Rubin see off Spurs to throw Group A wide open

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 20.00CET
FC Rubin Kazan 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Bebras Natcho scored the only goal of the game with a delightful free-kick which moved the hosts level on points with their opponents in Group A.
Rubin see off Spurs to throw Group A wide open
Rubin players rejoice after the only goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RubinTottenham

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
0
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners8
 
0
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 20.00CET

Rubin see off Spurs to throw Group A wide open

FC Rubin Kazan 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Bebras Natcho scored the only goal of the game with a delightful free-kick which moved the hosts level on points with their opponents in Group A.

FC Rubin Kazan moved level on points with Tottenham Hotspur FC and condemned their visitors to a first defeat in UEFA Europa League Group A thanks to Bebras Natcho's delightful second-half free-kick.

The Russian hopefuls had the better of the chances in an uneventful first half but made their dominance count after the break when Natcho curled expertly past a helpless Carlo Cudicini. Unable to respond, Tottenham consequently slipped off the summit in an increasingly tight section.

After a slow start to the game, it was Rubin who posed the greater threat through Gökdeniz Karadeniz down the right. The 31-year-old found Alan Kasaev on the edge of the penalty area but, despite skipping past Ryan Fredericks, Kasaev could only fire over.

The lively Karadeniz was at the heart of Rubin's next attack too, breaking free and supplying a dangerous cross which Cudicini could only parry to the feet of Christian Noboa. The Spurs goalkeeper made amends by tipping over Noboa's resulting drive, and he then produced a flying save to deny Natcho as Rubin began piling on the pressure.

With manager Harry Redknapp having stayed in England following minor heart surgery, Tottenham rarely created danger before the break. They nonetheless threatened an unlikely opener on 39 minutes when Roman Pavlyuchenko came close to converting Jermain Defoe's cutback.

The second half resembled the first and it was Kurban Berdyev's side who took the lead on 56 minutes, Natcho arcing a free-kick over the wall and into the bottom left-hand corner. They should perhaps have extended their advantage just past the hour too, but Salvatore Bocchetti volleyed over from another Natcho set piece.

Rubin almost sealed the victory with ten minutes remaining as Cudicini kept out Karadeniz's downward header from Noboa's cross, but, with Spurs failing to trouble Sergei Ryzhikov at the other end, it did not matter. The two sides now find themselves in a three-way race with PAOK FC for tickets to the last 32.

Last updated: 05/11/11 0.05CET

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Lineups

rubin

Rubin

tottenham

Tottenham

1
RyzhikovSergei Ryzhikov (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
4
César NavasCésar Navas
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution75
5
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution65
13
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
Substitution72
8
RyazantsevAleksandr Ryazantsev
Yellow Card87
Substitution90
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Yellow Card55
10
KasaevAlan Kasaev
Substitution84
19
BassongSébastien Bassong
Yellow Card55
16
NoboaChristian Noboa
27
FalquéIago Falqué
19
KaleshinVitali Kaleshin
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
27
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
31
TownsendAndros Townsend
61
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
40
PienaarSteven Pienaar
66
NatchoBebras Natcho
Goal55
43
FredericksRyan Fredericks
76
SharonovRoman Sharonov (C)
46
CarrollThomas Carroll

Substitutes

24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin
37
H. KaneHarry Kane
Substitution75
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
Substitution84
47
NicholsonJake Nicholson
18
ValdezNelson Valdez
Substitution65
53
LancasterCameron Lancaster
20
A. EremenkoAleksei Eremenko
Substitution90
Yellow Card90+1
54
PritchardAlex Pritchard
67
KverkveliaSolomon Kverkvelia
58
ParrettDean Parrett
Substitution72
92
OrazsakhedovVakhyt Orazsakhedov
59
StewartKevin Stewart

Coach

Kurban Berdyev (RUS) Kevin Bond (ENG)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Holger Henschel (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Babak Rafati (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Sippel (GER), Markus Wingenbach (GER)

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