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St Gallen kick off with Kuban scalp

Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.00CET
FC St Gallen 2-0 FC Kuban Krasnodar
Jeff Saibene's side took another Russian scalp as second-half goals from Goran Karanovic and Marco Mathys earned an opening win in Group A.
St Gallen kick off with Kuban scalp
Matías Vitkieviez celebrates St Gallen's victory ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.00CET

St Gallen kick off with Kuban scalp

FC St Gallen 2-0 FC Kuban Krasnodar
Jeff Saibene's side took another Russian scalp as second-half goals from Goran Karanovic and Marco Mathys earned an opening win in Group A.

FC St Gallen started their 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage campaign in positive fashion with a 2-0 home win against FC Kuban Krasnodar.

St Gallen eliminated FC Spartak Moskva 5-3 on aggregate in the play-offs, and poacher's efforts in the second half from Goran Karanovic and Marco Mathys ensured that they enjoyed another encounter with Russian opposition.

A predominantly cautious first period burst briefly to life 18 minutes in, when Kuban's lively Gheorghe Bucur flashed wide from range. Roberto Rodriguez then had the chance to give the hosts a half-time lead, pouncing on uncertain defending and forcing Kuban goalkeeper Aleksandr Belenov into a low stop.

Led by the energetic Rodriguez, St Gallen shook off their shackles and took the game to their opponents. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder had his early angled shot saved, but his whipped delivery from the left on 56 minutes proved much trickier. Hesitancy cost Belenov, who spilled the ball at the feet of Karanovic and allowed the midfielder to gleefully stab over the line.

Rodriguez soon showcased his creativity again, finding Karanovic with a chip over the defence, but a flying Belenov blocked the resulting header at point-blank range.

Bucur sent another long-range strike fizzing past the post, but that was as good as it got for Kuban, who were two down on 76 minutes. An identikit cross from the left seemed to leave the visiting defence frozen, and Mathys darted in to poke the ball inside Belenov's near post and put the three points beyond doubt.

Compounding Kuban's misery, Charles Kaboré was subsequently dismissed in added time after picking up a second yellow card.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.48CET

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Lineups

st gallen

St Gallen

kuban

Kuban

1
LoparDaniel Lopar (GK)
23
BelenovAleksandr Belenov (GK) (C)
6
MontandonPhilippe Montandon (C)
4
XandãoXandão
11
KaranovicGoran Karanovic
Goal56
Yellow Card72
Substitution86
5
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
15
BesleStéphane Besle
6
TsoraevDavid Tsoraev
Substitution69
16
VitkieviezMatías Vitkieviez
Yellow Card79
Substitution82
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
19
MutschMario Mutsch
10
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Yellow Card72
Red Card90+3
21
MartićIvan Martić
11
BucurGheorghe Bucur
27
MathysMarco Mathys
Goal76
21
RabiuMohammed Rabiu
Substitution20
28
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
25
KozlovAleksei Kozlov
Yellow Card34
31
JanjatovicDejan Janjatovic
43
BugaevRoman Bugaev
34
RodriguezRoberto Rodriguez
Substitution73
71
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution63

Substitutes

18
HerzogMarcel Herzog (GK)
33
KaruykinBogdan Karuykin (GK)
5
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
7
NushiKristian Nushi
Substitution73
8
TlisovArtur Tlisov
Substitution20
9
KeitaAlhassane Keita
Substitution86
17
FidlerArtem Fidler
10
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
Substitution82
20
BuenoGonzalo Bueno
32
DemiriMuhamed Demiri
28
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
Substitution69
33
RussoDaniele Russo
99
BaldéIbrahima Baldé
Substitution63

Coach

Jeff Saibene (LUX) Dorinel Munteanu (ROU)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Konrad Sapela (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Robert Malek (POL), Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

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