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Valencia out to end Kuban hopes

Published: Friday 29 November 2013, 8.00CET
Group A winners Valencia CF have nothing left to prove as they take on FC Kuban Krasnodar, who have an outside chance of joining their hosts in the round of 32.
Valencia out to end Kuban hopes
Juan Bernat celebrates a goal for Valencia ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

ValenciaKuban

Goals scored26
 
7
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts229
 
82
on target79
 
26
off target96
 
44
blocked54
 
12
against woodwork11
 
2
Corners85
 
19
Offsides28
 
17
Yellow cards34
 
14
Red Cards3
 
2
Fouls committed156
 
65
Fouls suffered200
 
65
Passes6907
 
2077
completed5727
 
1592

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Published: Friday 29 November 2013, 8.00CET

Valencia out to end Kuban hopes

Group A winners Valencia CF have nothing left to prove as they take on FC Kuban Krasnodar, who have an outside chance of joining their hosts in the round of 32.

While Valencia CF are safely through to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 as Group A winners, FC Kuban Krasnodar have a chance – however slender – of joining their hosts in the draw.

• Kuban's only chance of getting through is if they win and Swansea City AFC lose by the right margin at eliminated FC St Gallen in their final game.

Previous meetings
• Paco Alcácer and Sofiane Feghouli scored in the last 20 minutes as Valencia earned a 2-0 win in the sides' first meeting – and Kuban's first encounter with Spanish opponents – on matchday two.

• Valencia's nine games against Russian teams have ended W7 D1 L1 (W4 D0 L0 in Spain – W3 D1 L1 in Russia). They have won their last five fixtures against Russian sides for the loss of no goals, and conceded only once in those four previous home games against Russian clubs – the aggregate score in those matches being 14-1.

Match background
• Valencia have won all four of their Group A games since a 3-0 home defeat to Swansea on matchday one.

• European debutants Kuban won their opening two away fixtures in this season's competition – in qualifying – but have yet to record a win on the road in Group A. Nevertheless, they are now unbeaten in three group stage matches: two draws against Swansea and a 4-0 defeat of St Gallen last time out, their most substantial European victory to date.

• Valencia made it through to the knockout phase in both of their previous group stage attempts in this competition – in 2008/09 and 2009/10. They have not had a European season that has been over by Christmas since 2007/08, when they finished bottom of their UEFA Champions League group.

• Of the four sides in the group stage experiencing their first season in European competition, only Kuban and Wigan Athletic FC come into matchday six with a chance of progressing, with CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Estoril Praia already out of contention.

Team facts
• Kuban coach Viktor Goncharenko took on Valencia in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League with FC BATE Borisov, with his side losing 3-0 at home and 4-2 at Mestalla.

• Kuban may need to sharpen their shooting if they are to get a win in Spain: they have had more shots off target than any side in the group stage this season, 39 in total.

• Kuban defender Ángel Dealbert will be up against a host of former team-mates, having played for Valencia from 2009-12; the club finished third in the Liga in all three of his seasons at Mestalla.

• Valencia defender Antonio Barragán and Kuban striker Djibril Cissé were together at Liverpool FC in the 2005/06 season.

• Valencia defender João Pereira and forward Hélder Postiga played alongside Kuban defender Xandão at Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2011/12, though Hélder Postiga left for Real Zaragoza CF in September 2011.

• Kuban's Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Rabiu played on loan in Spain's second division with Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona and Xerez CD.

• Kuban's Senegalese forward Ibrahima Baldé also played at that level with CD Numancia and experienced the top division with Club Atlético de Madrid and CA Osasuna.

Coach information
• Serbian coach Miroslav Djukić returned in June 2013 to the club he served as a sweeper from 1997-2003; two UEFA Champions League finals and the 2001/02 title with Valencia represented the pinnacles of his long playing career in Spain. As a coach, he led FK Partizan and Serbia as well as Belgium's R. Excelsior Mouscron before returning to Spain to take charge of Hércules CF and then Real Valladolid CF.

• Kuban parted company with coach Dorinel Munteanu on 12 October, the Romanian paying for a slow start in Group A and a run of one win in six Premier-Liga matches.

• Goncharenko answered Kuban's call to end a six-year stay with BATE, where he won five Belarusian titles and steered his side into the UEFA Champions League group stage three times – also becoming, at the age of 31, the youngest ever coach in Europe's premier competition. Before that, Goncharenko first turned to management after his career as a defender with BATE was ended by injury aged 25.

Last updated: 12/12/13 21.26CET

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