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Maribor earn last-gasp draw at Rubin

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 19.55CET
FC Rubin Kazan 1-1 NK Maribor
Dejan Mezga struck four minutes from time to cancel out Bebras Natcho's fine effort and earn Maribor a share of the spoils at the Group D winners.
Maribor earn last-gasp draw at Rubin
Dejan Mezga equalised for Maribor in Kazan ©Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 19.55CET

Maribor earn last-gasp draw at Rubin

FC Rubin Kazan 1-1 NK Maribor
Dejan Mezga struck four minutes from time to cancel out Bebras Natcho's fine effort and earn Maribor a share of the spoils at the Group D winners.

Dejan Mezga struck late to earn NK Maribor a point that keeps them in contention for a place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.

Bebras Natcho's fine goal at the end of the first half looked like being enough for an FC Rubin Kazan side already through to the last 32. Yet with four minutes remaining a corner was half-cleared to Mezga, who sent a bobbling shot just beyond the reach of the wrong-footed Sergei Ryzhikov. Rubin can take some consolation from the fact that a draw at least sealed top spot in Group D and if they and Maribor both win next time out, the Slovenian side will advance too.

Coach Kurban Berdyev kept his promise by naming a strong Rubin team, resisting the temptation to rest players with progress already assured. However, for much of the first half quality in the final third was conspicuous by its absence. The Russian hosts enjoyed a lot of possession, leaving Maribor chasing shadows – on a freezing night in Kazan they were at least keeping warm.

Dmitri Torbinski certainly kept them running, a box of tricks on the left. He conjured an early chance for Roman Eremenko and it was his vanishing act later in the half that led to the opening goal, bamboozling Martin Milec with a clever drag-back. His cross was cleared only as far as Natcho, 30 metres from goal, who controlled before curling a wonderful effort inside the post.

Maribor had posed little attacking threat, but came close at the start of the second period when Nusmir Fajić rose to guide Mitja Viler's deep centre narrowly wide. Normal service was soon resumed, however, Jasmin Handanovič keeping out substitute José Rondón's header and tipping a Vladislav Kulik free-kick around the post. Those saves would prove crucial when Mezga struck late for the Slovenian club.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.48CET

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Lineups

rubin

Rubin

maribor

Maribor

1
RyzhikovSergei Ryzhikov (GK)
33
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
7
KulikVladislav Kulik
Yellow Card76
5
Ž. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
8
RyazantsevAleksandr Ryazantsev
Substitution60
6
MilecMartin Milec
9
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution61
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Goal86
10
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
17
FajićNusmir Fajić
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
21
DerviševičAmir Derviševič
Yellow Card36
Substitution64
22
MavingaChris Mavinga
26
RajčevičAleksander Rajčevič
23
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
Substitution74
28
VilerMitja Viler
25
MarcanoIván Marcano
Yellow Card32
39
BoharDamjan Bohar
Substitution83
66
NatchoBebras Natcho
Goal43
Yellow Card54
44
ArghusArghus
76
SharonovRoman Sharonov (C)
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj (C)
Substitution77

Substitutes

24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
63
DzhalilovAlisher Dzhalilov
11
ZahovičLuka Zahovič
Substitution83
81
MukhametshinRuslan Mukhametshin
Substitution61
16
VukliševičDamjan Vukliševič
90
M'VilaYann M'Vila
Substitution74
18
StojanovičPetar Stojanovič
99
RondónJosé Rondón
Substitution60
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Substitution77
24
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
92
ČrnicMatic Črnic
Substitution64
Yellow Card78

Coach

Kurban Berdyev (RUS) Ante Šimundža (SVN)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Ondrej Brendza (SVK)

Fourth official

Tomaš Somolani (SVK)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Trutz (SVK), Peter Kralović (SVK)

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