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Kuban exit after Valencia draw

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 21.19CET
Valencia CF 1-1 FC Kuban Krasnodar
Lorenzo Melgarejo equalised with six minutes remaining but a draw proved insufficient for the visitors to emerge from Group A.
by Delfin Ramirez
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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 21.19CET

Kuban exit after Valencia draw

Valencia CF 1-1 FC Kuban Krasnodar
Lorenzo Melgarejo equalised with six minutes remaining but a draw proved insufficient for the visitors to emerge from Group A.

UEFA Europa League debutants FC Kuban Krasnador signed off with a 1-1 comeback draw against Group A winners Valencia CF, who finished with ten men.

Needing to win at the Mestalla and other results to go their way to advance, Kuban failed to fulfill their side of the bargain, but can take heart from a spirited showing after Lorenzo Melgarejo cancelled out Paco Alcácer's opener with six minutes left. The hosts' group stage campaign ended on a sour note when Victor Ruiz was dismissed late on.

After an even opening, Valenica took control and almost opened the scoring when Míchel headed João Pereira's measured cross against the crossbar. The Russian side responded with intent, but a wave of intricate moves failed to produce an end product, while Hélder Postiga and Ricardo Costa both went close at the other end.

Kuban coach Viktor Goncharenko introduced former Liverpool FC forward Djibril Cissé after the break, and the 32-year-old almost made an immediate impact. Latching onto Costa's errant pass, Cissé bore down on goal, but Diego Alves was comfortably his equal. Miroslav Djukić's charges quickly wrestled back the initiative, edging in front after 67 minutes.

Shortly after replacing Postiga, Paco Alcácer took receipt of Éver Banega's defence-splitting pass and drove beyond Aleksandr Belenov from the tightest of angles. Not to be denied, the visitors hit back with six minutes remaining, Melgarejo heading in after good work from Gonzalo Bueno on the left. More drama was to come when Ruiz saw red for a challenge on Anton Sosnin.

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Lineups

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Valencia

kuban

Kuban

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
23
BelenovAleksandr Belenov (GK) (C)
5
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
Red Card90
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution66
5
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
10
BanegaÉver Banega
10
KaboréCharles Kaboré
11
PabónDorlan Pabón
Substitution81
18
IgnatyevVladislav Ignatyev
Yellow Card82
12
João PereiraJoão Pereira
22
SosninAnton Sosnin
Yellow Card48
15
FuegoJavier Fuego
Yellow Card55
25
KozlovAleksei Kozlov
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
28
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
Yellow Card51
Goal84
24
MíchelMíchel
43
BugaevRoman Bugaev
Substitution79
28
CartabiaFede Cartabia
Substitution75
90
KhubulovArsen Khubulov
Substitution28
31
GayaJosé Gaya
99
BaldéIbrahima Baldé
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
33
KaruykinBogdan Karuykin (GK)
2
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution75
4
XandãoXandão
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution46
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution81
17
FidlerArtem Fidler
16
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution66
Goal67
20
BuenoGonzalo Bueno
Substitution28
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
77
LobkarevVladimir Lobkarev
Substitution79
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu

Coach

Miroslav Djukić (SRB) Viktor Goncharenko (BLR)

Referee

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Patrik Filipek (CZE)

Fourth official

Krystof Mencl (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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