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Rubin's revenge mission against København

FC København's late goal on Matchday 1 got FC Rubin Kazan's campaign off to a losing start and now the Russian side will look to reverse that result and close the four-point gap to their visitors.

Rubin's revenge mission against København
Rubin's revenge mission against København ©UEFA.com

FC Rubin Kazan's Group D qualifying prospects might have looked so much rosier had they held on for a valuable point on Matchday 1 away to FC København. Instead the Danish team secured a late win and have remained in the top two positions while Rubin await their first victory.

• The Danish champions lie second in the standings, one point behind FC Barcelona, after collecting a further four points from their last three matches. The defeat in Copenhagen remains Rubin's only reverse, although three successive draws mean the third-placed Russian side trail their Matchday 5 opponents by four points.

Previous meetings
• The game on 14 September was the teams' first encounter, Dame N'Doye's header three minutes from time proving the difference between the sides.

• Only København had previously faced opposition from the other's country. In three meetings with Premier-Liga teams they won both away games, at FC Moskva (2-1) in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round and FC Lokomotiv Moskva (1-0) in the previous season's UEFA Cup group stage. Morten Nordstrand scored in both games.

• Their only home fixture – the return leg against Moskva – ended 1-1.

Match background
• After their Matchday 1 defeat in Denmark, Rubin held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Russia with Christian Noboa and David Villa swapping penalties. They then recorded a goalless draw in Greece against Panathinaikos FC, repeating the trick on home soil last time out.

• The Russian side drew all three home games in last season's group stage, holding FC Internazionale Milano 1-1 before the games against Barcelona and FC Dynamo Kyiv finished goalless.

• Rubin lost two of their first three home games in UEFA competition, to SK Rapid Wien and Parma FC in the UEFA Cups of 2004/05 and 2006/07 respectively, but are unbeaten in their last nine matches at the Centralni Stadium, although they have won only three.

• København, in their second UEFA Champions League campaign, made it six points from two games on Matchday 2 with a 2-0 victory at Panathinaikos with N'Doye on target again along with Martin Vingaard.

• They held a two-point advantage over Barcelona going into their meeting at the Camp Nou but it was the Spanish team who came out on top thanks to a goal in each half from Lionel Messi. Messi scored again on Matchday 4, but Claudemir swiftly equalised to earn FCK a 1-1 draw.

• In their only previous UEFA Champions League campaign, in 2006/07, København lost all three away games: 1-0 at Celtic FC, 3-0 at Manchester United FC and 3-1 at SL Benfica. They finished bottom of their group with seven points.

Team ties
• Rubin defender Oleg Kuzmin played against København for Moskva in that 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round tie.

• Rubin's Carlos Eduardo (2007) and København striker César Santin (2002) have both played for Brazilian side Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense.

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