Europa League

October 25, 2012

Full-time

FK Rubin Kazan

1 - 0

Neftchi

Group H

16:00 +00:00, October 25, 2012

Tsentralnyi Stadium

Referee: Kenn Hansen

Kasaev wins it for Kazan

Alan Kasaev's first-half goal proved enough to give Rubin Kazan a 1-0 win which leaves them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Kasaev's 16th-minute strike maintained the Russian side's unbeaten start in Group H, with seven points from their first three games, while Neftchi remain without a win.

Kasaev's drilled shot from a Gokdeniz Karadeniz through-ball was the first real chance of a cagey opening quarter-hour, but the hosts could have increased their lead five minutes later when Jose Salomon Rondon shot just wide.

Kasaev curled a 20-yard effort which was caught by Neftchi keeper Sasa Stamenkovic in the 25th minute as Rubin began to dominate, and Stamenkovic also had to be alert to pluck a dangerous Karadeniz cross from the air.

Cristian Ansaldi was another home player to bring a save from the keeper before Neftchi had their first real chance in the 34th minute, Bruno Bertucci firing over the bar from 25 yards.

Stamenkovic parried a shot by Oleg Kuzmin just before the break but Neftchi looked more lively in the second half, Nicolas Canales shooting just wide and Venancio Flavinho bringing a save out of Sergei Ryzhikov.

Kasaev flashed a weak header wide and Vladimir Dyadyun also missed the target as Rubin tried to make the game safe, but Neftchi failed to further threaten the home goal as the minutes ticked down.

Scoring Summary

FK Rubin Kazan Neftchi
Alan Kasaev (16') 

Teams

FK Rubin Kazan Neftchi
Sergei Ryzhikov30 Sasa Stamenkovic
CésarIgor Mitreski
Cristian Ansaldi22 Mahir Shukurov
Oleg Kuzmin16 Bruno Bertucci
25 Ivan Sierra Marcano4 Tarlan Guliyev
61 Gokdeniz Karadeniz15 Eric Fabián Ramos
Pablo Orbáiz10 Julius Wobay
10 Alan Kasaev6 Rashad Abulfaz Sadygov
66 Bebars Natcho9 Venancio Flavinho
19 Vitali Kaleshin19 Mirhuseyn Seyidov
99 Jose Salomon Rondon11 Nicolas Canales
Substitutes
24 Giedrius ArlauskisEmil Balayev 12
76 Roman SharonovSasha Yunis Oglu 3
27 Salvatore BocchettiElvin Yunuszade 32
55 Gokhan ToreKarim Daniyev 26
20 Aleksei EremenkoAraz Abdullayev 17
22 Vladimir DyadyunEmin Mehdiyev 28
9 Sergei DavydovKamil Nurahmadov 21
Substitutions
Vladimir Dyadyun for Gokdeniz Karadeniz (70)
Araz Abdullayev for Mirhuseyn Seyidov (50)
Yellow Cards
Oleg Kuzmin (7)
Eric Fabián Ramos (69)
Vladimir Dyadyun (78)
Igor Mitreski (72)
· Squads: FK Rubin Kazan | Neftchi