Friday, November 24, 2017

Rubin Kazan wins Russian Cup

For the first time ever, Rubin Kazan won the Russian Cup after defeating Dynamo Moscow 1-0 in the Russian League Final held in Yekaterinburg.

The two teams each opened with their star players. Dynamo's opening lineup included its all-star attackers Kevin Kuranyi, Andrey Voronin and Zvjezdan Misimovic, RT.com reports.

A close goal was almost scored in the first half by Rubin's Roman Eremenko, who was able to shoot off a header rebound from Nelson Haedo Valdez. Dynamo defender Vladimir Rykov was able to redirect the ball into the crossbar. In the second half, another Rubin shot was deflected by the crossbar after Bibras Natkho shot a bullet from 30 meters.

The first and only goal of the match was a long-range goal that floated into the far-corner, past Dynamo Goalkeeper Anton Shunin.

"I want to congratulate all the fans in the Republic of Tatarstan and all those who support our team abroad," Kurban Berdyev told Rossiya 2 channel, according to RT.com. "The Cup was the only trophy which separated us from winning everything in Russia. Thank God we have it now."

Rubin managed to end the tournament without a single goal scored against it, marking it as one of the strongest defensive teams in the country.