Final score

29 September 2009 18:30

Rubin Kazan
11' Dominguez
27' Stankovic
Referee: Terje Hauge / Linesmen: Steinar Holvik, Frank Andas / Fourth official: Tom Harald Hagen
Minute Text commentary
46' Lucio fires a low diagonal shot wide of Ryzhikov's left-hand post after a defensive mistake by Dominguez.
46' Half time in Kazan. Rubin 1-1 Inter.
45' Two minutes of additional time.
44' A let-off for Inter as Bukharov fails to make clean contact with a Karadeniz cross
38' Lucio makes a last-gasp clearance to deby Bukharov a clear chance from Dominguez' through ball.
34' Ansaldi whips in a dangerous cross from the left wing. Luckily for us there's no ruby shirt on hand to apply the finishing touch.
34' There is at the other end - a white one. Mancini tries to get on the end of Maicon's cross but Ryzhikov is first to the ball.
30' SuperMario goes close to giving us the lead but crossbar keeps out his speculative long-range effort.
29' Mario Balotelli sees a curling free kick blocked by the two-man Rubin wall.
27' Eto'o serves Mancini with an intelligent short pass but the Brazilian is dispossessed in the Rubin area.
27' GOAL!!!!! Totally unmarked at the far post, Dejan Stankovic heads home Maicon's cross from the right. RUBIN KAZAN 1-1 INTER.
22' Mancini wriggles free of an opponent in the Rubin box and sees his diagonal shot saved by Ryzhikov after a brilliant pass from Eto'o. Lucio pounces on the loose ball after the resulting corner kick but blasts his shot way off target.
20' And another booking. It goes to Balotelli for a foul on Salukvadze.
19' Another chance for Rubin. Dominguez turns his former River Plate team-mate Cambiasso on the right and swings in for Cesar Navas to head over the bar.
17' Lucio rifles narrowly wide of Ryzhikov's right-hand post after Rubin have some difficulty clearing Mario Balotelli's corner.
15' Dominguez' dangerous inswinging left-wing free kick is tipped over by Julio Cesar. Inter clear the resulting corner.
14' Walter Samuel is shown a yellow card by Hauge for a foul on Bukharov.
11' GOAL. Rubin's Argentine striker Alejandro Dominguez receives midway inside our half and races past Lucio and Samuel before firing past Julio Cesar. RUBIN KAZAN 1-0 INTER.
9' Turkish midfielder Karadeniz is booked for not keeping his distance from a Stankovic free kick.
8' Lucio looks for Eto'o with a long-range pass into the Rubin area. Ryzhikov makes the ball his.
7' Semak sows panic in the Nerazzurri area but Lucio & Samuel keep their cool and keep the Russians at bay.
5' Ansaldi swings in a cross from the left. Lucio makes a headed clearance and it's a corner for Rubin Kazan.
4' Julio Cesar beats Bukharov to a high ball into our box.
2' Rubin win a free kick seconds after kick-off. Dominguez' effort hits the wall.
1' Welcome to the Central Stadium in Kazan for live coverage of our UCL MD2 clash against Russian champions Rubin.
1' We have the lineups and the Nerazzurri news is that both Milito and Muntari are unavailable - which means third goalkeeper Orlandoni will be on the bench tonight. Mourinho has replaced Il Principe with Mancini, with Balotelli wide on the right.
1' Rubin Kazan: 77 Ryzhikov; 9 Salukvadze, 76 Sharonov, 4 Cesar Navas, 3 Ansaldi; 15 Ryazantsev, 16 Noboa, 7 Semak, 61 Karadeniz; 10 Dominguez; 11 Bukharov.&#8232;<br>Subs: 29 Revishvili, 5 Bystrov, 23 Balyaikin, 24 Popov, 32 Gorbanets, 42 Murawski, 88 Kasaev.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 45 Balotelli, 9 Eto'o, 30 Mancini.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 14 Vieira, 15 Krhin, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon.
1' The Nerazzurri, wearing their white away strips, kick-off against the ruby-coloured men of Rubin Kazan. The atmosphere is electric.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Rubin Kazan 1-1 Inter.
47' Eto'o threads through for Quaresma but Cesar Navas intercepts.
45' Three more minutes to play.
42' Walter Samuel gets on the end of Lucio's free kick and heads wide.
41' Rubin replace Dominguez with Kasaev.
36' Cesar Navas plays in Semak after a half-clearance from a corner and the Rubin captain crashes his shot on to the post.
35' Cambiasso makes way for Vieira.
34' Rubin are making the extra man count and Bukharov comes close to a second.
33' Julio Cesar blocks a thunderous free kick from Dominguez and smothers quickly to deny the onrushers.
31' Ryazantsev dribbles three players before dragging his low shot wide.
30' Stankovic shoots high over the bar.
28' Rubin launch a fast counter-attack but it comes to a swift end with Julio Cesar comfortably saving Karadeniz' cross.
25' Bukharov totally miscues in front of goal after meeting Karadeniz' cut-back. Another chance wasted.
24' Ansaldi whacks a low shot on target from 25 yards. Julio Cesar tips it round for a corner.
22' Quaresma cuts inside and sends a curling shot over Ryzhikov's bar.
19' Inter bring on Quaresma for Mancini.
18' Cambiasso pounces on a loose ball in the Inter third and sees his shot cannon off an opponent.
18' Maicon is booked for foul play.
15' Mario Balotelli is shown another yellow card after a foul on Noboa.
15' Yellow becomes red and we're down to ten men at the Tsentralnyi Stadium.
13' Semak latches on to a square pass from Bukharov before slicing his shot wide of the target.
11' Ryzhikov spills a cross but there's no Inter player there to stab home.
6' Maicon's cross from the right is straight into the arms of Ryzhikov.
2' Julio Cesar makes a smothering save from Ansaldi's long-range free kick.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.17
6 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 8
15 fouls committed 15
7 corners 4
2 offsides 3
33:39 ball possession 32:12
Berdyev v Mourinho

The Rubin Kazan and Inter coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Rubin Kazan v Inter

There are no previous meetings between the two teams.

Rubin Kazan v Italian teams

Rubin face an Italian club in Europe for the third time after their two-legged clash with Parma in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup.

2006/07 UEFA Cup Rubin Kazan-Parma 0-1 0-1

Inter v Russian clubs

Inter have won 7, drawn 2 and lost just 1 of their 10 European encounters with Russian sides. Both draws ended 1-1, while that sole defeat was a 3-0 UCL reverse away to Lokomotiv Moscow on 21 October 2003. On their travels to Russia, Inter have collected 3 wins, a draw and a defeat.

1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 2-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-1
2003/04 Champions League Inter-Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 0-3
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-0
2007/08 Champions League Inter-CSKA Moscow 4-2 2-1

Rubin Kazan: one draw in 11 European matches

The Russians have played eleven games in European cup competitions, winning 5, losing 5 and drawing just 1 (a 0-0 home draw with Rapid Vienna in the Intertoto Cup on 29 July 2007).

Rubin's 191-minute invincibility at home

Russian champions Rubin Kazan haven't conceded at home in European competitions since their 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat to Parma on 14 September 2006. Dessena scored for the Gialloblu in the 79th minute of that match. Rubin have since played two home matches in Europe (both in the Intertoto competition), beating Hungarians Zalaegerszeg 2-0 and drawing 0-0 with Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna.

Inter: three draws, as many defeats in last six

Inter's last victory in the Champions League came on 22 October 2008 when they beat Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza. The Nerazzurri have since played UCL 6 games, drawing 3 and losing 3 - their worst run in Europe's top competition.

Nerazzurri without UCL goal in 272 competitive minutes

Inter's last goal in the Champions League was scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 88th minute of last season's 2-1 away win over Werder Bremen on 9 December 2008. The Nerazzurri have failed to hit the target in their subsequent three UCL games, against Manchester United (0-0 at home, 0-2 away) and Barcelona (0-0 at home).

Inter, Europe and 29 September

Inter have played six European cup competition matches on 29 September - and they have all been away games. There have been 2 Inter wins (2-0 at Rapid Bucharest in 1993/94 UEFA Cup; 3-1 at Anderlecht in 2004/05 Champions League), 1 draw (1-1 at Honved in 1976/77 UEFA Cup) and 3 defeats (2-3 at AEK Athens in 1971/72 Fairs Cup; 1-2 at Slovan Bratislava in 1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup; and 0-1 aet at Aston Villa in 1994/95 UEFA Cup).

The ref: Terje Hauge

Terje Hauge was born in Bergen, Norway on 5 October 1965. He has been a UEFA referee since 1993. So far this season he has taken charge of two Champions League qualifying matches: Timisoara 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Zurich 2-1 Ventspils. Hauge has officiated 14 matches involving Italian teams. There have been 8 Italian wins (including Inter's 3-1 UCL victory over Porto on 15 March 2005), 2 draws and 4 defeats. His only previous match involving a Russian team was Spartak Moscow's 3-0 UEFA Cup defeat at Hamburg in 1996/97.

wins(0) draws(1) defeats(0)

KAZAN - Dejan Stankovic headed in an equalising goal to cancel out Alejandro Dominguez' opener as the Nerazzurri earned a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan in their second match of Champions League Group F. 

With Milito and Muntari declared unfit to face the Russian champions, Mourinho paired Eto'o in attack with Mancini and handed Mario Balotelli his second successive start. But the young Italian striker's match lasted an hour with referee Hauge producing a second yellow card that meant red.

Inter were on the back foot after eleven minutes. Dominguez started his run midway inside our half and with a devastating burst of pace took the ball Lucio and Samuel before firing past Julio Cesar and into the roof of the net. 

Dominguez continued to be the number one threat and he came close to a quick second, forcing Julio Cesar into a tipped save with his inswinging free kick from the left.

Stankovic popped up with the all-important equaliser three minutes short of the half hour, heading past Ryzhikov after getting on the end of Maicon's right-wing cross.

Seconds before the Serbian's goal, Mancini wriggled free of an opponent and tested Ryzhikov from an acute angle. And minutes after, Balotelli almost put us in front but his goal-bound strike from distance was denied by the crossbar. 

Rubin, though, were no pushovers and the Russian champions produced more chances before the break. Lucio made a crucial interception to deny Bukharov, who later wasted a chance from Karadeniz' cross. Inter's Brazilian central defender carved out a decent chance in time added on but flashed his low shot wide of the target.

Dominguez and co. started the second half as they ended the first and Julio Cesar was forced into a smothering save from Ansaldi's long-range kick, before watching Semak slice his shot wide after an inviting pass from Bukharov.

Inter suffered a blow when Balotelli was red-carded for a second bookable offence, forcing Mourinho's men to play the remaining thirty minutes against a fast team with plenty of reference points in attack.

But the Nerazzurri withstood a barrage of attacks and Julio Cesar made vital blocks from Dominguez and his countryman Ansaldi as Inter brought home a draw that could easily have been a defeat when Semak received from Cesar Navas, only to crash his shot on to the post.

Rubin Kazan 1-1 Inter (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Dominguez 11, Stankovic 27.

Rubin Kazan: 77 Ryzhikov; 9 Salukvadze, 76 Sharonov, 4 Cesar Navas, 3 Ansaldi; 15 Ryazantsev, 16 Noboa, 7 Semak, 61 Karadeniz; 10 Dominguez (88 Kasaev 86); 11 Bukharov.
Subs not used: 29 Revishvili, 5 Bystrov, 23 Balyaikin, 24 Popov, 32 Gorbanets, 42 Murawski.
Coach: Kurban Berdyev.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (14 Vieira 80), 5 Stankovic; 45 Balotelli, 9 Eto'o, 30 Mancini (7 Quaresma 64).

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway).

Booked: Karadeniz 9, Samuel 14, Balotelli 20, 60, Maicon 63.
Sent off
: Balotelli 60.

starting lineups

Ryzhikov 12 Julio Cesar
Salukvadze 13 Maicon
Sharonov 6 Lucio
Cesar Navas 25 Samuel
Ansaldi 26 Chivu
Ryazantsev 4 Zanetti
Noboa 19 Cambiasso
Semak 5 Stankovic
Karadeniz 45 Balotelli
Dominguez 9 Eto'o
Bukharov 30 Mancini


Revishvili 1 Toldo
Bystrov 21 Orlandoni
Balyaikin 2 Cordoba
Popov 7 Quaresma
Gorbanets 14 Vieira
Murawski 15 Krhin
Kasaev 39 Santon