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Played
November 7, 2013 10:30 PM IST
Stadion Kuban' — Krasnodar
Referee:‬ R. Schörgenhofer‎
Attendance:‬ 27843‎
 
90+2′ Ibrahima
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Wilfried Bony
Wilfried Bony
Swansea City
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Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea City: Swans stung by injury-time equaliser

Michael Laudrup's men looked set to record a solid victory in Russia after Wilfried Bony's ninth-minute strike but conceded at the death and had to settle for a point

By James Willoughby

Swansea's players Swansea FC Kuban Europa League 11072013
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Ibrahima Balde's stoppage-time lob helped a 10-man Kuban Krasnodar to another last-gasp 1-1 Europa League draw against Swansea City.

Kuban – who rescued a point in their Group A clash in Wales in October thanks to Djibril Cisse's injury-time penalty – repeated the trick in Russia thanks to Balde's composed finish.

Swansea seemed set for victory thanks to Wilfried Bony's early strike, with Cisse missing a host of chances to level for the hosts on Thursday, while he also had an effort ruled out for offside.

Brazilian defender Xandao was sent off with 15 minutes remaining, further harming Kuban's hopes, but Balde reacted quickly to a flick from the influential Ivelin Popov in the second minute of stoppage time.

The Senegal international, who came off the bench in the 74th minute, calmly lobbed the ball over the onrushing Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm as Michael Laudrup's side were again denied in the dying stages.

The result means that Swansea are two points clear at the top of the group – Kuban are still bottom with just two points – but they could be displaced by Valencia, who visit St Gallen on Thursday.

Bony, Roland Lamah and Ben Davies headlined Swansea's seven inclusions, while Kuban also fielded a much-changed team, with Cisse one of five alterations.

Swansea went close as early as the second minute, Bony's header forcing Kuban goalkeeper Aleksandr Belenov into a smart save, while Cisse could only shoot straight at Vorm when played through by Popov at the other end.

The match's frantic start continued as Bony fired Swansea in front in the ninth minute, converting Lamah's cut-back from close range after a clever team move that also involved Alejandro Pozuelo.

Vorm was tested by both Charles Kabore and Xandao in the aftermath and the end-to-end nature of the contest did not relent as Lamah spurned a chance to give Swansea a two-goal lead, shooting wide with his left foot.

Kuban were often restricted to attempts from distance, with Roman Bugaev and Popov missing the target, while Vorm dealt with Arsen Khubulov's volley comfortably.

Dyer forced a stunning save from Belenov with a curling shot from 20 yards as the first half drew to a close, while after the resumption Cisse miskicked when presented with a great chance by Popov.

Cisse did score in the 57th minute, only to have it disallowed, and Kuban began to control the match as Popov shot at Vorm and Cisse fired wide.

They lost momentum when Xandao was sent off though, with the defender - who was initially booked for a handball inside the first 45 seconds – given his marching orders after going through the back of Swansea substitute Alvaro Vazquez.

Swansea defended well in the closing stages but there was still one last chance for the hosts, as Balde's coolness under pressure ensured that both sides finished with a point.


Kuban

23
Aleksandr Belenov
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Xandão
Defender
1′ 75′
2.00
-
Dealbert
Defender
94′
3.00
-
Aleksey Kozlov
Defender
3.00
28
L. Melgarejo
Defender
74′
2.50
-
Roman Bugaev
Defender
3.00
8
Artur Tlisov
Midfielder
78′
2.50
-
Charles Kaboré
Midfielder
2.50
-
Ivelin Popov
Midfielder
92′
3.00
-
Arsen Khubulov
Midfielder
66′
3.50
9
3.50

Swansea City

3.00
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
3.00
6
2.50
21
2.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
3.00
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
62′
2.50
20
2.50
21
3.50
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
3.50
10
3.00
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
9′ 61′

Substitutes

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-
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2.50
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G. Bucur
Striker
 - 
-
G. Bueno
Striker
 - 
-
Ibrahima
Striker
74′ 92′
3.50

Substitutes

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25
 - 
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
 - 
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
22
 - 
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
3.00
15
2.50
26
Álvaro
Striker
71′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0