Europa League: Real Betis ease to 2-0 win at Rubin Kazan
Last Updated: 27/02/14 9:14pm
Ruben Castro: Scored Real Betis' second of the evening
Nono and Ruben Castro were both on the mark as Real Betis set up a last-16 meeting with rivals Sevilla in the Europa League after an impressive 2-0 victory away to Rubin Kazan.
The Spanish side appeared to be the underdogs after a 1-1 draw at the Benito Villamarin last week, but they largely dominated on Thursday and put one foot in the next round when Nono scored on the stroke of half-time.
Ruben Castro then doubled their advantage on the night in the 64th minute, with Betis comfortably holding on to seal a 3-1 aggregate success and book their place in the next round against their local rivals.
Kazan head coach Vladimir Maminov would have had reason for cheer after his 10-men grabbed an all-important away goal last week, having looked dead and buried at 1-0 down with Alexander Prudnikov sent off for two bookable offences in as many minutes.
They started well enough at the Kazan Arena with Ruslan Mukhametshin firing over in the opening minutes.
From then on, though, it was all Betis, for whom Ruben Castro miscued one effort from the edge of the box before another was comfortably saved by Kazan goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov.
The 32-year-old Spanish forward continued to make a nuisance of himself but his end product was lacking, while defender Jordi Figueras drilled against the post.
Cedrick Mabwati could not finish from close range but Nono showed his team-mates how it was done with a speculative, dipping effort from 30 yards that Ryzhikov could not keep out.
The hosts then found themselves two goals down when Leo Baptistao played in Ruben Castro, who this time produced an expert finish by lobbing Ryzhikov to the delight of the away fans.
Despite boasting a two-goal advantage, Betis did not simply sit back and they almost further increased their advantage as midfielder Juanfran saw his effort from just inside the area tipped round the post.
Leo Baptistao then had his strike from a similar distance well saved by Ryzhikov, who kept the deficit down to two goals on an ultimately forgettable night for the Russian side.
Thu 27th Feb - Round of 32
Rubin0 - 2Real Betis
Napoli3 - 1Swansea
Sevilla2 - 1Maribor
Shak Donetsk1 - 2Plzen
Basel3 - 0Mac Tel Avi
Salzburg3 - 1Ajax
Frankfurt3 - 3FC Porto
Ludogorets3 - 3Lazio
Fiorentina1 - 1Esbjerg
Tottenham3 - 1Dnipro
Genk0 - 2A Mak'kala
Valencia0 - 0Dynamo Kiev
Benfica3 - 0PAOK S'nika
AZ Alkmaar1 - 1S Liberec
Trabzonspor0 - 2Juventus
Lyon1 - 0C'morets
Europa League Group A
Europa League Group B
Europa League Group C
Europa League Group D
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||16|
|4||FC Astra Giurgiu||6||4|
Europa League Group E
Europa League Group F
Europa League Group G
Europa League Group H
Europa League Group I
|2||BSC Young Boys Bern||6||12|
|4||SK Slovan Bratislava||6||0|
Europa League Group J
|3||FC Steaua Bucuresti||6||7|
Europa League Group K
Europa League Group L
Europa League round of 32 2014
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