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Rubin Kazan 1-1 Barcelona: Russians hold Barca yet again

Russian outfit Rubin Kazan have continued their good recent run against Spanish giants Barcelona by forcing a 1-1 draw.

Rubin were again a nuisance for Barcelona and managed to take the lead when Christian Noboa struck from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark but David Villa was able to save the blushes of the Catalans with a penalty of his own in the 60th minute.

Despite the draw, Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was happy with the performance of his players.

"The team attacked well and did everything to win," he told the club's official website. "I am pleased with the players. We did nothing wrong and only needed to just put one of our chances away. I felt that we created enough opportunities to win.

"They played well defensively," he added. "With these types of teams going in front can be a little advantage."

UEFA Champions League Group DRubin Kazan (RUS): 1 (Christian Noboa (p) 30') Barcelona (ESP): 1 (David Villa (p) 60') Venue: Central Stadium, Kazan Crowd: approx. 30,000 Yellow cards:RUB - Lasha Salukvadze 40', Cristian Ansaldi 74', MacBeth Sibaya 80' BAR - Carles Puyol 52', Gerard Pique 90'

Starting Line-Ups

RUB Sergei Ryzhikov (gk), Cesar, Salvatore Bocchetti, Lasha Salukvadze, Cristian Ansaldi, Vitaliy Kaleshin, Christian Noboa (Natcho 89'), Rafal Murawski, Karadeniz Gokdeniz (Martins 65'), Aleksandr Ryazantsev, Sergei Kornilenko (Sibaya 62')

Subs - Giedrius Arlauskis (gk), Obafemi Martins (65'), Oleg Kuzmin, Alan Kasaev, Bebars Natcho (89'), MacBeth Sibaya (62'), Carlos Eduardo

BARVictor Valdes (gk), Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Maxwell, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano (Messi 60'), Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa (Krkic 86'), Pedro

Subs - Jose Manuel Pinto (gk), Seydou Keita, Eric Abidal, Gabriel Milito, Lionel Messi (60'), Bojan Krkic (86'), Thiago

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