Embarrassment, sheer rage. David has defeated Goliath and the Beast’s reign of supreme terror is over. Rubin Kazan yesterday downed a full strength Football Club Barcelona as the Achilles heel of Barcelona was well and truly exposed.
Barcelona started out the game with winning being the only thought in their minds, a thought portrayed by the chosen line up of Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola comprising Valdes, Alves, Pique, Marquez, Abidal, Xavi, Toure, Iniesta, Messi, Ibrahimovic and Pedro. And it seemed to be a winning combination right from kick-off as the first move of the game saw Iniesta parade through the Rubin defence only to be blocked by the charging Sergei Ryzhikov as calls for a penalty were waved away by the soon to be despised match official Laurent Duhamel. The ball was cleared up field only to be calmly controlled by Rafael Marquez who passed it off with ease to Pique. Oh how I wish that I could say that that previous statement were true! I long to say that Marquez dealt with the ball like any Centre Back should, however if I were to then I would not be doing my job.
As the ball sailed afield Marquez’s attempted clearance went horribly wrong as the ball fell enticingly to one Aleksandr Ryazantsev who needed no further invitation as he caught Valdes off guard, scoring a blinder from 30 yards out giving Rubin Kazan - after a mere two minutes, a shock lead.
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