“Having once again upset the odds to claim a creditable goalless draw with FC Barcelona and simultaneously enhance their UEFA Champions League Group F credentials, FC Rubin Kazan forward Aleksandr Bukharov insisted the Russian champions are “not afraid” of competing at Europe’s top table.” (UEFA)
Champions draw blank and face uphill struggle
“Rubin Kazan followed up their shock victory against Barcelona a fortnight ago with a defensive masterclass to leapfrog their Catalan opponents in Champions League Group F ahead of the evening game between Dynamo Kiev and Inter Milan.” (ESPN)
How Did Barca Fare in Russian Test?
“Rubin Kazan has Barcelona’s number. The Russian champion held the European champion to a goalless draw in sub-freezing temperatures in the Tatar capital, a week after upsetting the Blaugrana in Spain.” (NYT)