Europa League - Group A
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Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea City

Arsen Khubulov shoots against Swansea

Swansea City were denied a Europa League win against Kuban Krasnodar for the second time by another late goal.

Djibril Cisse's penalty earned the Russians a point at the Liberty Stadium, and Ibrahima Balde rescued them this time with a looping finish.

Wilfried Bony's early, low strike looked set to give Swansea victory.

Another Kuban escape seemed unlikely when Xandao was shown a second yellow card for clattering Alvaro Vazquez, but Ivelin Popov fed Balde to score.

The game was an opportunity for Swansea to soothe some of the pride injured by Sunday's Premier League derby defeat at Cardiff City.

Also at stake was the chance to secure a place in the last 32 and although Valencia's 3-2 win at St Gallen has knocked Swansea off the top of Group A, they remain well placed despite this second setback against bottom side Kuban.

Swansea need two points from their last two games at home to Valencia on 28 November and then away to St Gallen, while anything less than two victories by St Gallen will also see the Swans safely through.

Michael Laudrup's side travelled without star striker Michu, who was injured at Cardiff, while Pablo Hernandez, Garry Monk and Jonjo Shelvey were also absent.

Bony had already tested Aleksandr Belenov with a firm header before a flowing move ended with the Ivorian sweeping the ball past the helpless Kuban goalkeeper.

Alejandro Pozuelo charged into the area before finding Roland Lamah, who in turn cut the ball back for Bony to net his fifth goal in Europe this season.

Russian football was again in the spotlight after Manchester City's Yaya Toure complained he was subjected to monkey chants during his side's Champions League win at CSKA Moscow.

But there seemed to be no obvious repetition from the Kuban fans who, apart from one individual flashing a laser pen, were content to enjoy a flowing first half.

Cisse could have struck first for Kuban after outpacing Ashley Williams, only to shoot straight at Michel Vorm, while Arsen Khubulov took advantage of a little ring-rust from Swans left-back Ben Davies - back after three weeks out with an ankle injury.

But Swansea had chances to double their advantage before half-time, with Lamah just wide with a left-foot shot while Belenov grabbed Nathan Dyer's goalbound effort.

Cisse did have the ball in the net early in the second half, but Dwight Tiendalli had stepped out just in time to catch the former Liverpool striker offside.

In contrast Bony, so effective before the break, struggled to make any further impact and was withdrawn in favour of Vazquez with 20 minutes remaining.

The Spaniard had barely touched the ball before he was clattered by Xandao and, with the Brazilian booked in the first minute for a silly handball, he was sent off.

A goal down but this time also a man down, Kuban seemed unlikely to repeat their late escape.

But when Swansea failed to clear in time added on, Popov dissected the visitors' defence to find Balde, who acrobatically looped the ball over Vorm.

Line-ups

Kuban Krasnodar

  • 23Belenov
  • 25Kozlov
  • 43Bugayev
  • 10Kaboré
  • 4Luiz ReameBooked at 75mins
  • 5DealbertBooked at 90mins
  • 90KhubulovSubstituted forIgnatjevat 66'minutes
  • 8TlisovSubstituted forFidlerat 78'minutes
  • 9Cissé
  • 71Popov
  • 28MelgarejoSubstituted forBaldéat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Baychora
  • 11Bucur
  • 15Zhavnerchik
  • 17Fidler
  • 18Ignatjev
  • 20Bueno
  • 99Baldé

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 19TiendalliBooked at 56mins
  • 33Davies
  • 21Cañas
  • 2Amat
  • 6Williams
  • 12DyerSubstituted forRangelat 62'minutes
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 10BonySubstituted forAlvaroat 72'minutes
  • 24Pozuelo
  • 14LamahSubstituted forRoutledgeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 4Chico
  • 7Britton
  • 15Routledge
  • 22Rangel
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Alvaro
Referee:
Robert Schörgenhofer

Match Stats

Home TeamKuban KrasnodarAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Kuban Krasnodar 1, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kuban Krasnodar 1, Swansea City 1.

Booking

Ángel Dealbert (Kuban Krasnodar) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Swansea City. Álex Pozuelo tries a through ball, but Álvaro is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Kuban Krasnodar 1, Swansea City 1. Ibrahima Baldé (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivelin Popov with a through ball.

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vladislav Ignatjev (Kuban Krasnodar).

Attempt missed. Artem Fidler (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Artem Fidler (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

Ibrahima Baldé (Kuban Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kuban Krasnodar. Artem Fidler replaces Artur Tlisov.

Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).

Djibril Cissé (Kuban Krasnodar) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

Djibril Cissé (Kuban Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Xandao (Kuban Krasnodar) for a bad foul.

Álvaro (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Xandao (Kuban Krasnodar).

Substitution

Substitution, Kuban Krasnodar. Ibrahima Baldé replaces Lorenzo Melgarejo.

Attempt missed. Djibril Cissé (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Artur Tlisov.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Wilfried Bony.

Jordi Amat (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lorenzo Melgarejo (Kuban Krasnodar).

Substitution

Substitution, Kuban Krasnodar. Vladislav Ignatjev replaces Arsen Khubulov.

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Xandao.

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

Attempt missed. Charles Kaboré (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Djibril Cissé (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charles Kaboré.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Roland Lamah.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

Xandao (Kuban Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ivelin Popov (Kuban Krasnodar) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arsen Khubulov.

Offside, Kuban Krasnodar. Ivelin Popov tries a through ball, but Djibril Cissé is caught offside.

Booking

Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).

Lorenzo Melgarejo (Kuban Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Swansea City. Roland Lamah tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

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