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Thurs 15th September 2011. Europa League
Shamrock Rovers 0-3 Rubin Kazan

“It’ll be a tough one, but so long as we don’t conceed an early goal we could do Ok” … was the comment made to me by a Rovers fan just before kick off … unfortunately 3 minutes later the hands were in the heads as the 26 year old (apparently!) Obafemi Martins nipped ahead of Enda Stevens to direct the ball past Ryan Thompson giving Rubin Kazan an early lead.

Kazan could have doubled their lead before the break when they were awarded a penalty but Ryan Thompson stood tall and dived right to save Nelson Valdez spot kick. For the rest of the game however, the Jamacian shot stopper seemed nervous and very indecisive.

Kazan started the 2nd half in similar fashion as the 1st, with an early goal. This time Ecuadorian midfielder Christian Noboa unleashed a powerful drive from distance to double the advantage. Rovers to their credit didnt lie down and had plenty of chances to pull a goal or 2 back but alas none of their attacks ended with a favourable finish. The tie was effectively over on the hour mark when Gokdeniz Karadeniz sent a thunderous drive into the top corner to treble the visitors advantage.

Rovers did have a prime opportunity though to pull 1 back when Gary Twigg was taken down in the box and Stephen O’Donnell stepped up to take the penalty. Strangly though, Rovers themselves delayed the kick so as to make a substitution and when O’Donnell eventually got to strike, the keeper was equal to it.

And so Rovers first foray into Europa League group stages ended in disappointment but credit to the fans for creating an athmosphere befitting the historic encounter.

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Obafemi Martins celebrates scoring Rubin Kazans opening goal

Hooperman tries to rally the crowd at half time

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