Rubin Kazan Duo Christian Noboa & Vitali Kaleshin Proud After Barcelona Draw

Rubin Kazan players Christian Noboa and Vitali Kaleshin were proud after their draw against Barcelona.
Reigning Russian champions Rubin Kazan managed to surprise Spanish giants Barcelona twice in last year's edition of the Champions League and they once again caused an upset on Wednesday by recording a 1-1 draw.

Skipper Christian Noboa, who converted a spot kick to give Rubin the lead before the break, was proud of his side's performance and commented that luck didn't play a role in his side's draw.

"Luck didn't play a part in achieving this result. People have asked me about this and said the first time was lucky, the second time maybe you were lucky as well, but three times ... I don't think so," said Noboa to

"We trained very hard for this game, our tactics were spot on, and we've shown to the world we can take points off Barcelona."

Vitali Kaleshin, who was brought down to win Rubin a spot kick, was quick to admit that Rubin were forced to defend, but made it clear that every team has to defend in numbers against Barcelona.

"We had to defend because it's impossible to play an open, attacking style against a team like Barcelona. We are not the only team who play this way against Barcelona. We just tried to play as compactly as possible, achieved this and managed to get a good result."

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