FC Ufa v Rubin Kazan 01/05/2016


With FC Ufa lingering just above the relegation spot, this game was a must win for their survival chances. Rubin Kazan looking to finish as high as possible, after their Europa League chances look to be all but gone…

It was a slow start from both teams in Ufa, though the home side looked the more promising, pressing high and forcing Rubin into a lot of misplaced passes and mistakes.

FC Ufa then scored the vital goal they were looking for in the 20th minute. Midfielder Zinchenko striking the ball from outside the area, taking a wild deflection off team-mate, Syusev’s, chest and looping into the corner.

2 minutes after the goal, Rubin midfielder, Devic, latched onto a superb ball and found himself with just the keeper to beat. However, the ball was blazed over the bar on the half volley. The best chance for Rubin so far.

Since FC Ufa’s goal, Rubin had chance after chance, having shots blocked off the line, shots that looked to be going in being blocked. Fantastic defending on show from FC Ufa. Rubin looked to be desperate for a clinical finisher…

That clinical finish came just before half time on the 42nd minute, after Ozdoev placed a superb half volley past the keeper. 1-1.

In the second half, FC Ufa looked to be pressing a lot less, giving Rubin much more space to play. A few close calls for Ufa who looked to be soaking a lot of pressure and attacking a lot less.

Rubin Kazan made a win difficult to achieve when their midfielder, Kambolov, got his second yellow card for a high footed challenge. With 25 minutes left, it left a gap for FC Ufa to possibly expose…

Despite Rubin being down to 10 men, they continued to create chances. One of the best ones coming in the 84th minute, when a point-blank header was somehow saved by FC Ufa keeper, Shelia.

In the last 4 times these two teams have met, 3 have been 1-1 draws. At least there some consistency…

FC Ufa remain just above the relegation spot in 13th, whereas Rubin Kazan sit in 9th place with 4 matches to go.