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Pedro had another chance late in the first half but again shot

Hernandez to Man U’s rescue

Barcelona paid the price for wayward finishing as they were held to a 1 1 draw by their bogey team Rubin Kazan in Champions League Group D on Wednesday.

The Spanish champions, with canada goose outlet winnipeg Lionel Messi on the bench, wasted a host of chances in the first half, with striker Pedro the main culprit against the team who took four points off Barcelona in last season’s competition.

canada goose uk shop Pedro missed a golden early opportunity, hitting a crossbar with the goal at his mercy following a perfect pass by David Villa. Pedro had another chance late in the first half but again shot wide of the post from 12 metres. canada goose uk shop

canada goose The Russian champions converted their first real chance, captain Christian Noboa scoring from the spot after Barca defender Dani Alves brought down Vitaly Kaleshin in the 30th minute. canada goose

Canada Goose Coats On Sale Thirty minutes later Spain striker Villa equalised with another penalty after Andres Iniesta was fouled inside the box. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

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“It was very difficult for us to score tonight as Rubin had canada goose discount uk many players guarding their goal,” Villa said.

Canada Goose Jackets “Still, we had a lot of chances, hit a post and also their keeper played well when he had to.” Canada Goose Jackets

Barca coach Pep Guardiola introduced Messi shortly after scoring the equaliser, looking to break down the home team’s fortress.

buy canada goose jacket cheap The World Player of the Year, who netted twice in Barca’s 5 1 demolition of Panathinaikos in their opening group game, had one good chance but Rubin canada goose outlet toronto location keeper Sergei Ryzhikov did well to avert the danger. buy canada goose jacket cheap

At the other end, Rubin substitute Obafemi Martins could have given the hosts an unlikely victory three minutes from time but the Nigerian striker hit the post from close range.

After Martins had wasted his chance, Iniesta could have snatched the three points for the visitors with virtually the last kick of the game but he just clipped a shot over the bar.

Rubin earned their first point in the competition following a surprise 1 0 defeat at Copenhagen in their opening fixture and Barcelona have four points after two games.

“We needed at least a point to keep alive our chances in the group after losing in Copenhagen so I must admit that we’re satisfied with the draw,” Rubin coach Kurban Berdyev said.

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to fire Manchester United to canada goose outlet florida a 1 0 Champions League win over Valencia on Wednesday and improve the English club’s poor record on Spanish soil.

canada goose coats The 22 year old Mexico striker, nicknamed ‘little pea’, took Federico Macheda’s low cross and drilled the ball past Cesar Sanchez in the 85th minute to secure only United’s second victory in 19 away European matches against Spanish opponents. canada goose coats

United, held 0 0 at home by Rangers in their opening match, moved joint top of Group C with the Scottish champions on four points. Valencia, the Spanish league canada goose outlet edmonton leaders, are third with three points after their opening 4 0 win at Bursaspor.

“You’ve got to give us credit for the way we defended,” United manager Alex Ferguson said.

“They’re not top of the league for canada goose outlet toronto address nothing so for us to win here tonight is a good result for Manchester United.”

canada goose clearance sale Neither side showed much creativity on a pleasantly warm night at the Mestalla, although Valencia improved canada goose outlet shop in the second half, roared on by the passionate home support thronging the steeply banked arena. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk outlet Strikers Dimitar Berbatov for United and Roberto Soldado for the home side cut lonely figures up front at times, although Berbatov forced a smart save from Sanchez when through on the Valencia keeper soon after halftime. canada goose uk outlet

Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez was a rare spark of creativity and zest for the home side and had several canada goose outlet good chances in either half.

His long range effort whistled over the crossbar in the 16th minute before United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar misjudged a cross and Soldado headed narrowly over the open goal.

The introduction of striker Aritz Aduriz lifted the home crowd but Valencia were unable to find the net against a resolute United defence strengthened by the return of Rio Ferdinand from injury.

“His experience helped us, I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Ferguson said of Ferdinand, who has been sidelined with a knee injury.

“It’s his first real game for a canada goose jacket outlet store long time and we have to be very pleased with that.”

United, missing injured striker Wayne Rooney and experienced midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, had failed to score on their last three trips to Spain but Hernandez came close to a goal immediately after replacing Anderson in the 77th minute.

He slid in at the back canada goose outlet 80 off post and struck the ball against the outside of the upright before beating Sanchez from Machado’s accurate centre to snatch the three points.

In form Samuel Eto’o bagged a hat trick to help injury hit holders Inter Milan rip apart a dreadful Werder Bremen 4 0 in Champions League Group A on Wednesday. The Cameroon striker, quiet in his first season at Inter last term as they won the treble, has been outstanding so far this campaign and took his goal tally in all competitions to 11 with three clinical finishes.

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