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November 7, 2013
• Stadion Kuban', Krasnodar
Referee: R. Schörgenhofer
• Attendance: 27843
I. Baldé 90'+
W. Bony 9'
That's all we've got time for, and we hope that you enjoyed our coverage of the late Europa League drama in Krasnodar, as the home side Kuban converted a late equaliser through substitute Ibrahima Balde to draw 1-1 with Swansea. I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to see you again next time.
An early first half goal from Wilfried Bony gave Swansea a solid first half lead, but Kuban weren't to be denied in the second half, pushing forward for their equaliser despite losing Xandao to a red card. A point was the least that the hosts deserved, but Michael Laudrup won't be very happy.
Well, it will be a long and disappointing journey home for Swansea fans after that stoppage time sucker punch, but at least the British club have an excellent chance to qualify on the next matchday. It could be worse, Kuban have confirmed their bitter sweet elimination with that draw.
FULL TIME! The ten men grab a late equaliser, in the 92nd minute no less, to steal qualification certainty from Swansea! The away side looked to be edging their way to a good win, but the Russian side weren't prepared to be beaten!
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Dealbert
90' + 3'
VAZQUEZ! The substitute tries his luck from 25 yards, zipping an effort narrowly past the post! He has his head in his hands, but the linesman has his flag raised for offside anyway.
90' + 2'
Assist Ivelin Popov
90' + 2'
GOOOOOAL! BALDE WITH AN EXCELLENT FINISH! Kuban have done it! The ten men bite back, and it's a fantastic goal from Balde, the Senegalese substitute! They take the ball straight back to the centre spot, and they believe they can win this now!
We're into the dying embers of tonight's game, and Kuban aren't looking as though they can muster up a late equaliser, as Xandao's dismissal signalled the end of the home side's second half dominance. Swansea look set to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Only a few minutes remaining for Swansea to see out now, but Laudrup will be wary of letting his team let their guard down. Cisse netted in the third minute of second half stoppage time last month, after all.
Fidler has his first real impact on the game with a long range attempted lob, but the Russian gets it all wrong, much to the dismay of the home supporters. Vorm hasn't been tested for at least 15 minutes now, showing how Kuban's momentum has ebbed away.
VAZQUEZ! The Spanish substitutes stretches at the back post, to try and nod home a back post delivery from Routledge, but he couldn't quite stretch the sinews of his neck enough to get there! Unlucky.
Swansea continue to hold onto possession, but the pressing of Cisse and Balde could force errors in dangerous positions for the hosts. Laudrup is barking out instructions from his technical area, he knows how precarious a position his travelling side are in.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Kuban continue to push forward in the hope of squeezing a point out of a tough situation. If Swansea can settle into their passing rhythm, they should be able to force the hosts to press and chase with there always being an option somewhere on the pitch.
Ten minutes remain, and they're a very important ten minutes for Swansea now! News has filtered through that Valencia lead in Switzerland, meaning that the Swans can go through to the next stages of the Europa League if they hold onto the three points here tonight.
Fidler is finally going to get onto the field of play, after a 15 minute wait, and we shall see if he can make a difference. Tiendalli gives away a foul, before complaining to the referee rather animatedly. The Dutchman needs to be careful, or he could be joining Xandao in the dressing rooms.
Well, I think that Kuban will feel rather hard done to, as on reflections it doesn't seem that Xandao did a lot wrong to merit that second yellow card. Both Vazquez and the central defender challenged for the ball in the same manner.
RED CARD! Xandao receives his marching orders, and the Brazilian may have just changed the impetus of the game! It was a poor challenge on Vazquez, but he can have no real complaints given his earlier booking.
CISSE AGAIN! He manages to hold off Davies well, before wrongfooting Williams and firing at goal! The home crowd shriek wildly, but the ball rolls narrowly past the post with Vorm beaten! Closer and closer for Kuban!
Testament to Swansea being on the back foot, Laudrup has now made all of his substitutions for the evening, opting to take off the tiring Bony. It's a case of continued pressing and to try and hold onto the three points for the Welsh side!
CISSE! He tries his luck rather acrobatically, looking to volley a ball that came over his shoulder, but the 32-year-old fails to make any kind of contact at the back post. Bugaev picks up the pieces, but the momentum peters out for Kuban.
Pozuelo looks furious, as the Spaniard clearly feels that he's being harshly treated by the match officials. He's been given the odd push and shove, but the Swansea forward looks to be really rattled by the fact that the Kuban players are being permitted to play the physical game.
CISSE! The hitman looks to bring in Popov with a smart, cushioned header which looped over Williams, providing a chance for one of his teammates to run onto the pass and try their luck at goal from eight yards. Instead, not one Kuban player reads the play, and Davies is able to clear.
Tensions are rising in Stadion Kuban, as the home crowd boo and jeer the referee for a few decisions that they disagree with. Plenty of time left for Kuban to net an equaliser, but their supporters seem a little restless.
There are rather strange scenes on the sideline, as Fidler seemingly can't be substituted onto the field of play for some kind of administrative reason! The Russian has gone back to the bench in a huff, after being stripped and ready to go on the sideline for at least five minutes.
KABORE! What an awful effort from the Burkina Faso international! He shapes up with intent, looking to curve the ball into the top right corner from 25 yards, but smashes the ball almost out for a throw in.
CISSE! Selfish from the Kuban striker, as he opts to shoot on the turn, rather than slipping in one of his advancing teammates. A goal seems to be on its way for the hosts, they're getting closer and closer. Worrying moments for the travelling Swans!
Half an hour left on the clock, and Kuban are threatening to get right back into this game. The visitors haven't managed to string together any of their signature passages of play in the second half, and Goncharenko can smell blood here.
Kuban are creeping back into this game, peppering Vorm's goal with half-decent efforts, and not allowing the visitors to get into their stride. Laudrup might just want to install a calming presence, someone like the experienced Leon Britton, to shore things up a little.
CISSE! DISALLOWED! The Kuban star man has the ball in the back of the net, and the stadium erupts, failing to spot the linesman's flag! The French striker was way, way offside there, that was a good decision.
DYER! The right winger manages to test Bugaev once again, but is held off by the physically imposing frame of his opponent. He's getting in good areas, but can't win his individual battles.
Yellow Card Dwight Tiendalli
Another save for Vorm! This time it's Khubulov who makes his way in behind Davies once more, again picked out a teammate on the edge of the 18-yard box, but the Swansea goalkeeper is able to get down to his left easily to smother the strike.
CISSE! OH DEAR! He's completely fluffed a golden opportunity for Kuban! Good work down the right from Popov, the centre from the Bulgarian was accurate, but Cisse totally mishit his strike! Much to the relief of Vorm, I'd say!
DYER! The Englishman can't quite bring the ball down in a crowded penalty area, after a delicious one-two with Pozuelo. A lovely scooped ball for the return pass from the Spaniard, but Dyer couldn't turn the it towards goal.
This second period has been extremely scrappy thus far, as mistakes are rife and both teams appear unable to creating anything without giving the ball away. Laudrup leaves his substitutes bench, which is a rare occurrence, to give his thoughts to his players.
Bony is being used as the focal point of Laudrup's team early in the second half, as a series of clever flicks help Swansea to turn defence into attack. The former Vitesse striker is built for this very job, his raw strength is staggering.
CISSE! GREAT BLOCK FROM AMAT! The Spaniard slid in on the edge of the box, as the Frenchman looked to pull the trigger! It seemed that Cisse had carved open enough space for himself, but the Swansea defender recovered excellently.
We're back underway, and Swansea are 45 minutes away from putting themselves in a really good position in Group A! Kuban are increasingly looking as though they might be playing for pride, but the Russian side are by no means out of this game yet.
If Swansea can hold onto this lead, they must rely on the other game in Group A, but it's possible for them to qualify for the knockout round. Wilfried Bony has again been key, and Daddy Cool can't help but score in the Europa League!
Cisse, Popov and Khubulov have had their fair share of chances in the first half, but the finishing from the hosts has been beyond poor. Goncharenko can certainly take heart from how Kuban are threatening with raw pace on the break, but they've had little in terms of meaningful possession.
HALF TIME! Job done for Swansea for the first half, as the visitors grabbed an early goal courtesy of Wilfried Bony, which puts his side in a rather good position at the break. Kuban have threatened in fits and starts, but the English Premier League side look good value for their lead.
Great challenge from Ben Davies, who is left in a heap after being caught in the head by a flailing limb. The Welshman slide in well to deny Khubulov, as the Russian again attempted to go beyond the last man and get in behind.
A few minutes left until the break, and Laudrup will presumably be keen for his side to merely hold onto the current result. To concede now would be a sucker punch, so I wouldn't expect too many forays forward from the away side.
KHUBULOV! Another chance squandered by the diminutive Russian, after good work down the left hand side to wrongfoot Amat by Cisse. The former Liverpool striker has certainly been Kuban's dangerman thus far.
Good defending from Xandao! A marauding run from Tiendalli results in the Dutchman lofting a ball into the penalty area from deep, hoping to utilise the aerial prowess of Bony! The Brazilian backpedals to nod the danger away.
LAMAH! Nearly another chance for the Belgian. Lamah pops up on the left hand side, after Pozuelo opens up play excellently, but a last ditch sliding interception from Kozlov denies him a shot on goal!
Shaky moment for Williams yet again! Cisse bears down on the Welsh national team captain, as the decision of Williams to let Davies' pass run across him almost proves costly. He has to slide in and clear to prevent the Frenchman from robbing him of the ball in a dangerous area.
Kuban are sitting deep, much to the distaste of their home support, allowing for Swansea to enjoy a spell of reassuring possession. That's a bit more like it, but this playing surface isn't ideal for the silky style that the Welsh like to utilise.
A slip from De Guzman allows Popov to drive at the heart of the Swansea defence, but again the Kuban forward smashes wide of the target! He seems more concerned with smashing the ball as powerfully as possible, rather than placing it.
DAVIES! The Welshman nutmegs Kozlov and strides into the Kuban penalty area, but the covering Xandao gets across to clear the danger, as the youngster shaped to pick out Bony! That's the best we've seen of Swansea's left-back in this contest so far.
Good recovery from Amat! The Spanish defender manages to stretch a leg out to clear a dangerous through ball from Kuban, as Cisse lurked behind him. Swansea certainly don't look solid thus far!
POPOV! What a terrible finish, the Bulgarian manages to clear the athletics track which surrounds the pitch, with his effort landing in the home crowd! Khubulov pulled the ball back excellently to his teammate, but he ballooned that strike way, way over.
Pozuelo has had a frustrating first half an hour, as the service to the Spaniard hasn't been particularly great. He wants the ball to feet, but panicked defenders are firing possession to him at all kinds of heights.
DYER! Belenov makes the save, stretching out to palm the ball around the post for yet another Swansea corner! That was a good stop, the Kuban keeper really had to make up ground to get a hand on that strike!
KHUBULOV! The forward manages to get a shot off from the edge of the penalty area, but it's straight at Vorm! Moments earlier, Cisse shaped to convert from just inside the box, but kicked at thin air!
The home side are preying off the mistakes of their opposition, as wild clearances from Vorm and the odd rushed pass fail to find their intended targets. It's odd to see Swansea occasionally a little uncomfortable in possession.
Poor ball from Melgajero! The Paraguay international tried to slip Cisse in behind Amat, but gets the execution all wrong and Swansea gain possession. Kuban have threatened on the break, but are lacking the final ball required to unlock the visitors.
Ashley Williams is looking a little shaky, as the Wales international has been caught out for pace on several occasions. The central defender need to stay alive to the danger of Cisse of Popov making runs in behind, or the Russian side could soon be level.
LAMAH! A whisker wide for the Belgian, as the ball skids past the post! He could have finished it with his right foot, but inside opts for his stronger left one! Belenov is beaten, but fortunately for Kuban, so was the post!
Cisse proves his defensive worth with a firm header from a Swansea corner, as the visitors start to get back into their passing rhythm once more. When Swansea try to play football, Kuban have no real answer to it, other than to break quickly when they regain the ball.
The home crowd are slowly becoming louder, as the hostile din promised before the game begins to materialise. Plenty of frustration will be pent up inside these supporters, they've watched their side stumble blindly through the opening portion of their season.
Good ball in from Lamah! The Belgian attempts to put the ball across the six yard box, looking for Bony to make the run to the back post, but Dealbert manages to clear - much to the obvious disappointment of Lamah.
The home side are enjoying themselves on the break, as the pace of Melgajero, Popov and Cisse causes a few problems for Swansea early on. Ben Davies and Tiendalli will certainly have their hands full tonight.
XANDAO! The Brazilian has a golden opportunity from Melgajero's corner, after peeling off Williams, but can only direct his header straight at Vorm! Let off for Swansea!
Good work from Cisse! Both the Frenchman and Popov are enjoying some success against Ben Davies, as the youngster doesn't quite have the pace to stay with his markers. The Welsh left-back has obviously been targetted as a potential weak link by Goncharenko.
Ten minutes gone, and there has been plenty of drama thus far! Kabore manages to test Vorm with a long range effort, but the Dutchman will be glad if Kuban can be forced into those kind of opportunities. Vorm had plenty of time to watch that.
Assist Roland Lamah
Goal Wilfried Bony
GOOOAL! BONY! The Ivory Coast international bundles home from eight yards, after a smart cut-back from the byline by Lamah! The Swans have the perfect start in Russia!
Swansea are keen to slow the game down with their usual patient passing, and it's working! Kuban look dangerous on the break, but when they're out of possession, Swansea are picking holes in the hosts.
Well claimed by Vorm! Popov managed to burst down the right hand side, floating a ball towards the back post, but the Dutchman rises well to make the catch, taking it off the head of Cisse.
An all-action first five minutes in Krasnodar, as Xandao has picked up an early yellow card for a deliberate handball, Belenov has been forced into an excellent save with his first touch, and Cisse failed to convert a one-on-one opportunity against Michel Vorm.
CISSE! The Frenchman manages to get in behind Williams, after great interplay between Cisse and Popov set the former Liverpool man on his way! Vorm closes down the angle and makes the save, to stop Swansea from going behind in the early stages.
A good start for Swansea, as they retain the ball and have enjoyed the first chance of the match. Had that Bony header nestled in the bottom corner, it'd have been a dream start.
BONY! What a fantastic save from Belenov! The rebound falls to Pozuelo, but the Spaniard is denied by a good block! Well, Bony met that free-kick delivery with an excellent header, but the Russian goalkeeper was equal to it, at full stretch!
Yellow Card Xandão
We are underway in one of the first Europa League match-ups of the evening! Swansea could be so close to qualifying for the next round of the competition with a win tonight, with Kuban keen to protect their honour and reputation.
We're moments from kick-off in Russia, with both teams making their way out of the tunnel into a sparsely populated Stadion Kuban. The hosts didn't enjoy the best start to the season under their previous manager, but will be keen to get back on track as soon as possible with Goncharenko at the helm.
To quickly take a look at how things stand, Swansea are sitting on the top of the pile in Group A, with Kuban's late draw in Wales giving the Russian side their first point of the group stages. Kuban are bottom, but a change of manager could well alter their European fortunes.
Don't be fooled by Goncharenko's age, the 36-year-old previously enjoyed great success at BATE Borisov, where he took the Belarus-based side into the Champions League, becoming the youngest manager to do so in the competition's history. In terms of a playing career however, Laudrup certainly has the edge, enjoying good campaigns in Europe with Barcelona and Getafe.
Tonight is only Viktor Goncharenko's second European game in charge of Kuban, following his decision to leave BATE Borisov to try his hand in the Russian top flight. The late equaliser against Swansea was a good start, and a good away point, but the 36-year-old will presumably want to kick on and take a valuable three points on home turf.
Swansea substitutes: Taylor, Chico, Britton, Routledge, Angel Rangel, Tremmel, Alvaro.
Swansea starting line-up: Vorm; Tiendalli, Amat, Williams, Davies; Canas, De Guzman; Dyer, Pozuelo, Lamah; Bony.
Kuban substitutes: Baychora, Bucur, Zhavnerchik, Fidler, Ignatyev, Bueno, Balde.
Kuban starting line-up: Belenov; Kozlov, Xandao, Dealbert, Bugaev; Melgajero, Khubulov, Kabore, Tlisov; Cisse, Popov.
TEAM NEWS: Laudrup opts for rotation, giving Ivory Coast hitman Wilfried Bony a start in attack, with Lamah given an opportunity to prove his worth. Kuban's dangerman is present, as Cisse starts, and the away side will be wary of the Frenchman's talents.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be leading you through proceedings, in what will be a tough game for Swansea after a long journey. With home advantage, Kuban will be confident, but let us not forget that this is the first time the Russian club have forayed into European competition in their history. This promises to be a hard fought game, with not a great deal between the two respective outfits.
Hello and welcome to Europa League action, as Swansea look to recover from their unfortunate last outing in the competition, having travelled across the continent to Russia to face Kuban Krasnodar. A late equaliser marred the home leg for Michael Laudrup's side at the Liberty Stadium, making a share of the spoils rather necessary from this evening's affair.
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