Rubin Kazan 3-2 Chelsea: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
UEFA Europa League quarterfinals: Rubin Kazan 3-2 Chelsea (Chelsea progress on 3-2 aggregate)
11 April 2013
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Referee: Firat Aydinus (Turkey)
5' Torres; 51' Marcano; 55' Moses; 62' Karadeniz; 75' Natcho
Rubin Kazan XI: Ryzhikov; Kuzmin, Marcano, Navas, Ansaldi; Natkho, Orbaiz; Karadeniz, Eremenko, Kasaev; Rondon
Chelsea XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry, Ferreira; Ramires, Lampard, Ake; Moses, Benayoun; Torres
Fernando Torres got things going with an important away goal after only five minutes—his side-footed lob catching Rubin Kazan goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov well out of position and bouncing into the open net.
Alexei Eremenko had missed a good opportunity for the hosts just moments before, and he would have another two chances to score before the break, at which point Rubin trailed Chelsea 1-0 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
But the restart brought a renewed attacking commitment from the Russian side, who got on the scoresheet in the 51st minute through Ivan Marcano, who got on the end of Pablo Orbaiz’ cross and beat Cech with a powerful header.
But level terms on the night would last only four minutes—Victor Moses initiating a neat one-two with Ramires before slotting home the go-ahead goal, giving the Blues a commanding 5-2 aggregate lead.
Still, Rubin didn’t roll over.
Gokdeniz Karadeniz scored another header—out-jumping David Luiz—after Cristian Ansaldi had done ever so well to out-fox Cesar Azpilicueta on the left flank before playing in a delightful cross.
And just to make things interesting, substitute Aleksandr Ryazantsev won a penalty in the 75th minute off Azpilicueta, and after Bibras Natkho finished confidently from the spot it looked as though Rubin were right back in the tie.
It wasn’t to be.
Although Chelsea were very much second-best on the night they managed to button down the hatches in the final quarter-hour, and because of their 3-1 win in the first leg at Stamford Bridge will go into the pot for tomorrow’s Europa League semifinal draw in Nyon, Switzerland.
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FULL TIME: Rubin Kazan 3-2 Chelsea (Chelsea progress on 5-4 aggregate)
90+2' Oscar with a meek effort at the end of a Chelsea counter and Ryzhikov makes the easy save.
90+1' Ivanovic replaces Lampard for Chelsea.
There will be three minutes of added time.
89' Kaleshin didn't miss by much after being played through to the far post. But that miss might represent Rubin's last meaningful chance of the encounter.
87' YELLOW CARD to Marcano for a foul on Torres. That's the first booking of the match.
Are Chelsea playing with a no headers handicap today?— KICKTV (@KICKTV) April 11, 2013
They've been just abysmal in the air.
85' Oscar goes on a run and wins a corner off Navas.
83' Rubin Kazan have made 18 attempts in this match to Chelsea's six.
82' Chelsea have just won their first corner of the match.
81' Rondon should have scored! Another exceptional cross from Ansaldi, but the Venezuelan could only head the ball right into Cech's stomach.
Chelsea are looking very, very shaky on crosses into the box.
77' Oscar replaces Benayoun for Chelsea.
GOAL RUBIN KAZAN!!! Natkho converts from the spot. Well-taken penalty.
Ryazantsev, who had barely come on, draws the penalty.
72' Ryazantsev has replaced Kasaev for Rubin Kazan.
70' Twenty minutes to go in Moscow, but Chelsea lead 5-3 on aggregate. Rubin Kazan still need to score three to progress.
66' Dyadyun has replaced Orbaiz for Rubin Kazan.
65' Now Marcano JUST misses with a header! Chelsea really struggling with crosses played into the box.
Ansaldi did ever so well to jink past Azpilicueto and play in an accurate cross into the goalmouth, where Karadeniz was lurking. The midfielder then out-jumped David Luiz and beat Cech with a header.
62' GOAL RUBIN KAZAN!!!
60' Ramires makes way for John Obi Mikel. Looks to be job-done for Chelsea.
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