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Levante find no way past rigid Rubin

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.50CET
Levante UD 0-0 FC Rubin Kazan
There was nothing to separate the sides, who both finished with ten men, in their round of 16 first leg at the Estadi Ciutat de València.
by Delfín Ramírez
from Estadi Ciutat de València

Match statistics

LevanteRubin

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners6
 
1
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards1
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.50CET

Levante find no way past rigid Rubin

Levante UD 0-0 FC Rubin Kazan
There was nothing to separate the sides, who both finished with ten men, in their round of 16 first leg at the Estadi Ciutat de València.

Both teams finished with ten men as FC Rubin Kazan held Levante UD to a goalless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-16 encounter in Valencia.

Despite dominating for long periods, the Granotes failed to make the most of several openings in a contest that brought red cards for Cristian Ansaldi and Míchel in the space of two second-half minutes. The visitors, meanwhile, will take heart from a dogged display and a fervent finish, which almost culminated in an unlikely victory.

The home side were first out of the blocks and came close to breaking the deadlock when Sergio Ballesteros' venomous strike came back off the crossbar following José Barkero's corner. Míchel's whipped ball across goal then failed to find a team-mate, before Obafemi Martins' long-range effort stung the fingertips of visiting goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov.

Rubin, who vanquished holders Club Atlético de Madrid in the round of 32, took time to settle and had to wait until half an hour in to make their mark, with bustling striker José Rondón twice going close. Levante's response was swift, Pedro López scurrying down the wing and teeing up Míchel, whose back-post header was blocked by Ryzhikov.

The start of the second half was marred by quick-fire dismissals. Rubin defender Ansaldi was first to go for a second bookable offence, before Míchel received a straight red card. Undeterred, Barkero flashed a shot narrowly over, and a Martins chance was snuffed out by Ryzhikov following a neat one-two.

With time running out, the hosts were almost hit with a sucker punch as Rondón rattled the bar with a header and Bebras Natcho's left-footed strike found the base of the upright. Juan Ignacio Martínez's side held their nerve, though, to extend their unbeaten home run to six European matches.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.02CET

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Lineups

levante

Levante

rubin

Rubin

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
1
RyzhikovSergei Ryzhikov (GK)
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin
7
BarkeroJosé Barkero
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
Yellow Card27
Red Card52
10
IborraVicente Iborra
6
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
12
JuanfranJuanfran
Yellow Card89
10
KasaevAlan Kasaev
Substitution53
18
BallesterosSergio Ballesteros (C)
23
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
Yellow Card42
19
Pedro LópezPedro López
25
MarcanoIván Marcano
Yellow Card88
21
MíchelMíchel
Red Card54
61
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
23
DiopPapa Diop
Substitution68
66
NatchoBebras Natcho
24
MartinsObafemi Martins
76
SharonovRoman Sharonov (C)
Yellow Card64
29
Rubén GarcíaRubén García
Substitution80
99
RondónJosé Rondón
Substitution85

Substitutes

1
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
5
RodasHéctor Rodas
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
19
KaleshinVitali Kaleshin
Substitution53
16
RíosPedro Ríos
Substitution68
20
A. EremenkoAleksei Eremenko
20
Juanlu GómezJuanlu Gómez
Substitution80
22
DyadyunVladimir Dyadyun
Substitution85
52
ValdoValdo
55
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
87
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca

Coach

Juan Ignacio Martínez (ESP) Kurban Berdyev (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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