Arena St Gallen - St Gallen 19/09/2013 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time)

Group stage - Group A

St Gallen - Kuban
2-0
 

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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
 

Match statistics

St Gallen
Kuban

2

Goals scored

0

58

Possession (%)

42

13

Total attempts

10

6

on target

2

5

off target

5

2

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

4

0

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

1

16

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

16

466

Passes

334

363

completed

241

Lineups

st gallen

St Gallen

kuban

Kuban

1Lopar (GK)23Belenov (GK) (C)
6Montandon (C)4Xandão
11Karanovic
Goal56
Yellow Card72
Substitution86
5Dealbert
15Besle6Tsoraev
Substitution69
16Vitkieviez
Yellow Card79
Substitution82
9Cissé
19Mutsch10Kaboré
Yellow Card72
Red Card90+3
21Martić11Bucur
27Mathys
Goal76
21Rabiu
Substitution20
28Lenjani25Kozlov
Yellow Card34
31Janjatovic43Bugaev
34Rodriguez
Substitution73
71Popov
Substitution63

Substitutes

18Herzog (GK)33Karuykin (GK)
5Stocklasa2Armaş
7Nushi
Substitution73
8Tlisov
Substitution20
9Keita
Substitution86
17Fidler
10Wüthrich
Substitution82
20Bueno
32Demiri28Melgarejo
Substitution69
33Russo99Baldé
Substitution63

Coaches

Jeff Saibene (LUX) Dorinel Munteanu (ROU)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Press kits

Last updated: 19/09/2013 21:19 CET

Standings

Last updated: 20/09/2013 13:16 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
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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