Europa League: 10-man Rubin Kazan hit back to draw 1-1 with Real Betis
Last Updated: 20/02/14 10:32pm
Roman Eremenko (r): Rubin Kazan man struck from the spot to earn a draw
Ten-man Rubin Kazan hit back to draw 1-1 with Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash in Spain.
Rubin looked dead and buried when they were 1-0 down and had Alexander Prudnikov sent off with over an hour to go for two bookable offences in as many minutes.
But the Russian outfit clawed back to earn a draw at the Estadio Benito Villamarin through a Roman Eremenko penalty.
Head coach Vladimir Maminov will be satisfied to take an all-important away goal into the return leg at the Kazan Arena in a week's time.
It promises to be a feisty affair after this tie saw nine yellow cards and one red.
Betis dominated for the majority of the game and took less than four minutes to take the lead when Didac Vila's effort across goal beat Sergey Ryzhikov with the first shot of the game.
The home side sensed they could kill the tie and an 18-yard shot from Leo Baptistao nearly did so, but Ryzhikov parried the ball away.
The Betis onslaught continued and Rubin were fortunate to only be a goal down at half-time after Prudnikov was given his marching orders in the 28th minute.
Shots were few and far between for Rubin but Sergey Kisliak made sure goalkeeper Antonio Adan knew the away side were not out of the contest.
At 1-0 down, there was always a chance for the away side to nick a goal.
It was 15 minutes from time when Betis' Lorenzo Reyes brought down Gokdeniz Karadeniz in the area and referee Serge Gumienny pointed to the spot.
Eremenko did not pass up the opportunity and slotted the ball in to the left-hand corner to make it 1-1.
Rubin withstood a late surge from the home side who knew they should have put the game out of reach by half-time.
A final desperate shot by Didac from 25 yards out sailed over the bar and Rubin were happy to play out the final five minutes of stoppage time.
Thu 20th Feb - Round of 32
A Mak'kala0 - 0Genk
Dynamo Kiev0 - 2Valencia
PAOK S'nika0 - 1Benfica
C'morets0 - 0Lyon
S Liberec0 - 1AZ Alkmaar
Dnipro1 - 0Tottenham
Juventus2 - 0Trabzonspor
Esbjerg1 - 3Fiorentina
Ajax0 - 3Salzburg
FC Porto2 - 2Frankfurt
Mac Tel Avi0 - 0Basel
Maribor2 - 2Sevilla
Plzen1 - 1Shak Donetsk
Real Betis1 - 1Rubin
Lazio0 - 1Ludogorets
Swansea0 - 0Napoli
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|3||Vitoria de Guimaraes||6||5|
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Europa League round of 32 2014
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