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Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Andres Iniesta goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Gerard Pique challenges Vitali Kaleshin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Gerard Pique. Free kick crossed by Bebars Natcho.
Krkic Bojan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Ryazantsev. Free kick taken by Lasha Salukvadze.
Bebars Natcho replaces Cristian Noboa. Lionel Messi takes the inswinging corner, Header by Krkic Bojan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Krkic Bojan from 20 yards. Lasha Salukvadze gets a block in.
Obafemi Martins produces a header from close range which bounces off the post.
Obafemi Martins takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.
The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Pedro, clearance by Gonzalez Cesar Navas.
Krkic Bojan on for David Villa.
Lionel Messi produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Villa from the left by-line.
Foul by Cristian Ansaldi on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
The ball is crossed by Scherer Andrade Maxwell, Lionel Messi produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Obafemi Martins has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
David Villa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Sergei Ryzhikov.
Sergio Busquets fouled by Macbeth Sibaya, the ref awards a free kick. Macbeth Sibaya receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Villa on Lasha Salukvadze. Free kick taken by Lasha Salukvadze.
Macbeth Sibaya produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Short corner taken by Lionel Messi from the right by-line.
The ball is sent over by Rodriguez Pedro, Vitali Kaleshin manages to make a clearance.
Scherer Andrade Maxwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Ryazantsev. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Ansaldi. Obafemi Martins produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Cristian Ansaldi challenges Lionel Messi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cristian Ansaldi receives a yellow card. Lionel Messi shoots direct from the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Hernandez Xavi goes over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Cristian Ansaldi by da Silva Dani Alves results in a free kick. Cristian Ansaldi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Victor Valdes makes a save.
Rafal Murawski takes a shot. Carles Puyol gets a block in.
Hernandez Xavi delivers the ball, Gonzalez Cesar Navas manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken short by Hernandez Xavi.
David Villa produces a cross, Lasha Salukvadze makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line.
Gokdeniz Karadeniz leaves the field to be replaced by Obafemi Martins.
The ball is delivered by Andres Iniesta.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andres Iniesta. Indirect free kick taken by Cristian Ansaldi.
Serghey Karnilenko leaves the field to be replaced by Macbeth Sibaya.
David Villa takes a shot. Save by Sergei Ryzhikov.
Lionel Messi on for Javier Mascherano. Lionel Messi takes a shot. Sergei Ryzhikov makes a save. Unfair challenge on Gerard Pique by Obafemi Martins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Victor Valdes.
Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Lasha Salukvadze results in a Penalty. David Villa scores a placed penalty. Rubin Kazan 1-1 Barcelona.The assist for the goal came from Andres Iniesta.
Unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi by Cristian Noboa results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Villa.
Shot from 18 yards by David Villa.
The ball is swung over by David Villa.
Gokdeniz Karadeniz sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gokdeniz Karadeniz by Carles Puyol. Carles Puyol shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Cristian Ansaldi.
Foul by Carles Puyol on Gokdeniz Karadeniz, free kick awarded. Carles Puyol booked. Vitali Kaleshin restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line, save made by Sergei Ryzhikov.
The ball is delivered by David Villa, blocked by Gonzalez Cesar Navas.
Rodriguez Pedro delivers the ball.
Cristian Noboa takes a shot. Save made by Victor Valdes.
Rodriguez Pedro fouled by Salvatore Bocchetti, the ref awards a free kick. Hernandez Xavi delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Gerard Pique sends in a cross. Effort from inside the area by Rodriguez Pedro misses to the left of the target.
Da Silva Dani Alves crosses the ball, Gonzalez Cesar Navas makes a clearance.
Sergio Busquets fouled by Lasha Salukvadze, the ref awards a free kick. Serghey Karnilenko shown a yellow card. Scherer Andrade Maxwell takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by da Silva Dani Alves, blocked by Vitali Kaleshin.
Rafal Murawski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Pedro. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from right channel, clearance made by Cristian Noboa.
Javier Mascherano crosses the ball, Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Vitali Kaleshin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ryzhikov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Serghey Karnilenko. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Vitali Kaleshin fouled by da Silva Dani Alves, the ref awards a Penalty. Cristian Noboa scores a power penalty. Rubin Kazan 1-0 Barcelona.Vitali Kaleshin provided the assist for the goal.
Andres Iniesta has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Effort from deep inside the area by Vitali Kaleshin misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Andres Iniesta, David Villa produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Short corner worked by Hernandez Xavi, The ball is delivered by Andres Iniesta, Lasha Salukvadze makes a clearance. Hernandez Xavi takes a short corner.
Vitali Kaleshin challenges da Silva Dani Alves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves takes the direct free kick.
Andres Iniesta sends in a cross, Gonzalez Cesar Navas gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Hernandez Xavi, Sergei Ryzhikov makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Carles Puyol by Gokdeniz Karadeniz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Serghey Karnilenko challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by da Silva Dani Alves misses to the left of the target.
Gokdeniz Karadeniz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano. Javier Mascherano takes the direct free kick.
Da Silva Dani Alves sends in a cross, clearance made by Gonzalez Cesar Navas.
A cross is delivered by Scherer Andrade Maxwell, save made by Sergei Ryzhikov.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carles Puyol on Alexander Ryazantsev. Gokdeniz Karadeniz crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for a foul by Gonzalez Cesar Navas on Victor Valdes. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alexander Ryazantsev by Carles Puyol results in a free kick. Cristian Ansaldi takes the direct free kick, Gokdeniz Karadeniz sends in a cross, Foul by Gonzalez Cesar Navas on Victor Valdes, free kick awarded. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Salvatore Bocchetti by David Villa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ryzhikov.
David Villa challenges Vitali Kaleshin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergei Ryzhikov restarts play with the free kick.
Vitali Kaleshin sends in a cross, clearance made by Gerard Pique. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alexander Ryazantsev, Gerard Pique manages to make a clearance. Cristian Noboa delivers the ball in from the corner.
Foul by Sergio Busquets on Cristian Noboa, free kick awarded. Cristian Noboa restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Serghey Karnilenko. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Hernandez Xavi decides to take the corner short.
The referee gets the game started.
The half-time whistle blows.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee ends the match.
Barcelona were stung by Rubin Kazan in the Champions League last year and fear further humiliation if they fail to take the right approach into Wednesday's Group D encounter.
The Russians had their illustrious opponents reeling when they won 2-1 in the Nou Camp last term, and followed that by holding Barcelona 0-0 in Kazan.
Defender Gerard Pique played in both games, and knows Pep Guardiola's team must perform better this time.
"We are favourites on paper but last year we showed that we couldn't win either match," Pique said at this evening's press conference.
"It's a test to see how he can perform away from home in Europe. They [Rubin] are championship winners."
Pique warned that failure against the Russian title winners "cannot happen again", and Barcelona's prospects could be improved by the availability of Lionel Messi.
Guardiola offered no assurances about Messi's potential involvement, and the ankle injury he sustained nine days ago remains a concern. However the Argentinian world player of the year travelled in Barcelona's squad and could have a role to play.
"The first thing is to see how Leo's ankle is," said Guardiola. "He will train, we'll talk to him and the doctors. We will consider the state and decide. His health comes first."
While Barcelona began this season's European campaign with a 5-1 thumping of Panathinaikos, Rubin were beaten 1-0 away by FC Copenhagen.
But Guardiola remains on his guard, saying: "If we conceded five of six points to them (last season), it is because they are a good team."
Pique hopes Barcelona can call on star man Messi, saying: "He's in good condition, but it's the manager's decision whether he plays or not."
A third successive Russian league title appears beyond Rubin this year, with rampant Zenit St Petersburg still unbeaten after 20 games and four points clear with two games in hand.
Rubin boss Kurban Berdyev admits it would be a shame for supporters of his club if Messi misses out.
"My first reaction when I learned of the injury was that God forbid something serious has happened to him," Berdyev said.
"Players like him provide entertainment for the fans.
"We should praise the high professionalism of club staff if he manages to recover in such a short space of time.
"Depending on whether he plays or not, we will have a different line-up and different strategy.
"To see the best club in the world and Messi on the pitch for two years in a row at Kazan is an honour for everybody, including the supporters."
Villa hits the spot
David Villa netted a second-half penalty to earn Barcelona a point in 1-1 draw from their trip to Rubin Kazan, who once again proved a frustrating opponent for the Catalan giants.
Villa slotted home on the hour-mark to cancel out Cristian Noboa's 30th-minute penalty for Rubin, with both goalkeepers coming agonisingly close to saving the respective spot-kicks.
Barca dominated for large periods but not even the second-half arrival of fit-again Lionel Messi could inspire Pep Guardiola's side to victory, and the visitors almost ended up empty-handed as Rubin substitute Obafemi Martins hit the woodwork late on.
The result leaves Barca on four points from two games on Group D following their 5-1 mauling of Panathinaikos in round one, while Russian outfit Rubin picked up their first point having previously lost to FC Copenhagen.
Rubin proved a problematic opponent for Barca in last season's Champions League, winning 2-1 at the Nou Camp and then holding the 2009 European champions goalless at home, and Kurban Berdyev's side had Guardiola's men on the back foot again after taking a first-half lead.
Barca had bossed the opening stages and hit the crossbar through Pedro Rodriguez before Villa fired just wide, but against the run of play Rubin took the lead.
Victor Valdes' mis-hit clearance gave Vitali Kaleshin the chance to burst into the Barca where he was sent tumbling by Dani Alves as he tried to burst away from the Brazilian and Gerard Pique.
Valdes almost atoned for his part in the incident as he guessed right for Noboa's penalty, but although he managed to get some of his body behind the shot, he could not prevent the Rubin captain from putting his side ahead.
That was a blow to Barca but they had a chance to get back on level terms just before the break when Pedro side-footed another good chance narrowly wide.
Barca had to wait until the 60th minute to even things up, with Andres Iniesta winning a penalty in almost exactly the same place and fashion as Kaleshin had in the first half, Spain's World Cup final hero being brought down by Lasha Salukvadze as he attempted to escape from two defenders.
Villa, like Noboa before him, managed to find the back of the net but not before suffering a scare as the diving Sergei Ryzhikov got a hand to his shot but not enough to keep it out.
The final half-hour was virtually all Barca, with Dani Alves almost capitalising on a terrible back-header only to be denied by Ryzhikov.
The arrival of Messi, who had missed Barca's past two matches with an ankle injury, gave the visitors another attacking threat and the Argentinian drew a good block from Ryzhikov in the 67th minute.
Messi then headed another opportunity over before Barca enjoyed a big let-off in the 86th minute when Rubin came so close to netting on a rare attack.
Martins peeled away from Carles Puyol to get on the end of a deep cross but his powerful downward header from four yards out hit the near post and rebounded to safety.
Even after that though Barca had two great chances of their own to take the spoils, Bojan Krkic heading wide when unmarked before Iniesta curled an injury-time effort over with just Ryzhikov to beat - a miss that left more than one Barca player holding his head as the Spanish champions had to settle for a share of the points.
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