Roosters to target Kennedy in NRL clash

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Sydney Roosters players believe they can get under the skin of fiery former teammate Martin Kennedy and are promising the Brisbane prop a hot reception when they reacquaint at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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Kennedy may feel he has a point to prove against the Roosters after being left out of last year’s grand final-winning team despite being considered on the cusp of Queensland State of Origin selection a couple of seasons ago.

The 25-year-old firebrand’s notoriously short fuse was lit by renowned Canterbury niggler Michael Ennis in round one recently, costing the Broncos a potentially costly try on the stroke of halftime.

Kennedy was given permission to negotiate with rival clubs at the end of last year, and Roosters forward Aidan Guerra indicated on Monday the Chooks are confident they can get a rise out of their former teammate with a verbal barrage.

“It’ll be an intense encounter on Marty’s behalf I think, he’s always been a pretty intense guy,” Guerra told AAP.

“We are not focusing in on him by any means but I’ll say there will be a bit of chat thrown his way.

“The fact that he knows us more, he might just shrug it off or he might take it a bit personally.

“That’s up to him.

“He might feel that way (he has something to prove), you can never be too sure on how he’s going to feel personally … I would say he would have felt like anyone else that missed out (on the grand final), he wouldn’t have been too happy about it.”

Parramatta lock Darcy Lussick set last Saturday night’s clash with the Roosters alight with his brutal swinging arm to the head of Roosters’ prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

The Roosters came to Waerea-Hargreaves’ aid in the biggest flashpoint of the season so far, and centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall says teammates will be ready to bring the heat again against Kennedy and the joint table-topping Broncos.

“Definitely, when we come up against him he’s sure to get a fiery reception and the big boys will all be giving it to him that’s for sure,” said Kenny-Dowall.

“He’ll rise to the challenge … so it will be interesting.”

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Ancelotti happy with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side’s character as they ground out a 1-0 win away to Malaga on Saturday to maintain their three-point lead at the top of La Liga.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner midway through the first-half, but Los Blancos were forced to hang on in the final stages as Malaga pressed hard for an equaliser.

“You can’t always win 2-0 or 3-0. I am happy because the team showed solidity, a good attitude, worked together and knew how to suffer,” said the Italian.

“I don’t think it was our worst game in recent times. As I said, our play wasn’t spectacular, but we made up for that with other things.

“We had chances to kill off the game, we failed with the final pass a lot of times. It was a normal game against a team with a lot of desire as all the teams have at this time of the season.

“We need to value how well Malaga played too. They worked very hard and pressed well.”

The victory sets Real up nicely for next weekend’s visit of Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ancelotti’s men currently lead Barca by seven points, although the Catalans can cut that gap back to four points with a win at home to Osasuna on Sunday.

And despite not being at their best at La Rosaleda, Ancelotti believes his side are ready for the challenge posed by the Spanish champions.

“I am happy because at this time of the season all the games are important. To win here wasn’t easy and we have managed to do it.

“There are games when you have to show other qualities. I think we are ready for the Clasico.”

Defeat for Malaga leaves them still just three points above the relegation zone amongst a group of four teams on 29 points.

Their boss Bernd Schuster believed his side deserved more out of the game, but is hopeful they can take encouragement from their performance into the last 10 games of the campaign.

“We deserved a happier ending because we matched them.

“Against the top teams we just lack that final play to score a goal, but we showed heart.

“We need to overcome the quality of the opponent with our fight and we will keep going until the end.”

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Pirlo magic keeps Juve on track

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Andrea Pirlo produced a piece of free-kick magic to keep Juventus on track for a third consecutive scudetto thanks to a late 1-0 win away to Genoa.

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Juventus looked to be heading for only their fourth draw of the season on Sunday, having seen goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon save Emanuele Calaio’s 72nd minute penalty and two other great earlier chances for the hosts.

However Antonio Conte’s men were handed a lifeline when Fabio Quagliarella won a questionable free kick on the edge of the area, and Pirlo stepped up to send a curling drive over the wall and past the outstretched hands of Mattia Perin.

Genoa looked determined to give no quarter to the Serie A champions, but in the process earned four yellow cards in the first half alone.

Sebastian De Maio was cautioned after impeding Stephan Lichtsteiner’s run and after the first of two Pablo Daniel Osvaldo goals was ruled out for offside, Stefano Sturaro’s challenge on Giorgio Chiellini earned the midfielder a booking.

Minutes later, Giuseppe Sculli then Alberto Gilardino both saw yellow, the latter for an attempted elbow on Leonardo Bonucci, although Juve were still creating chances.

After Osvaldo fired Pirlo’s delivery towards the back post high and wide, the former Southampton striker saw a second goal chalked off when he chipped Paul Pogba’s flick over Mattia Perin and into the Genoa net.

Moments earlier Genoa had seen claims for a penalty waved away after Andrea Bertolucci sent a header wide under pressure by Lichsteiner.

Genoa continued to harry and were unfortunate when Bertolacci controlled well on the edge of the area only to send his shot straight at the advancing Buffon.

Juve had claims for a penalty waved away on 68 minutes when Fernando Llorente’s cross hit the arm of Luca Antonelli.

Genoa won a penalty moments later due to a more convincing handball from Arturo Vidal, however Buffon was equal to Calaio’s tame spot-kick.

Conte replaced Osvaldo with Quagliarella and after the striker won a crucial free kick in Pirlo territory when he somehow tumbled under slight pressure on the edge of the area.

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Angry Milan fans meet with embattled coach

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Dozens of AC Milan fans launched a protest outside the club’s shared San Siro ground on Sunday after a brief meeting with under-fire coach Clarence Seedorf following a 4-2 defeat to Parma.

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Ten-man Milan suffered their third consecutive reverse to drop to 12th in the table and see their hopes of European football next season all but vanish.

Milan, the seven-time European champions, now sit 37 points behind leaders Juventus and 11 points off fifth-placed Parma who occupy the first Europa League qualifying spot, with a game in hand.

The defeat was all the more galling as former Inter and Milan striker Antonio Cassano hit a brace, the first from the penalty spot following the sending-off of goalkeeper Christian Abbiati in the opening minutes.

The Rossoneri frustration spilled over at the end of the match with dozens of fans protesting while waiting for players to leave the ground.

Seedorf, speaking to Sky Italia, played down the incident.

“It’s a very delicate situation but it was a peaceful meeting and the fans who are close to the club have every right to express their feelings, before, during and after the match,” Seedorf said.

Seedorf, who earlier this week complained he had inherited an “ailing” team from previous coach Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked in January, saw his side crash out of the Champions League after a 5-1 aggregate reverse to Atletico Madrid last week.

Finishing among the top five and securing a Europa League place now looks a hard task, but the 37-year-old Dutchman said he is fully committed to the club where he spent 10 success-laden years from 2002-2012.

“I will defend this club to the hilt, as well as my players,” added Seedorf.

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Magath takes heart from Fulham win

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Fulham manager Felix Magath believes that Fulham’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United will prove a springboard in the London club’s bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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The Craven Cottage outfit remain at the foot of the table, four points from safety with just eight matches remaining.

But after seeing his side record a first league win in 10 games, Magath – who was taking charge of his fourth match since succeeding Rene Meulensteen as manager – said: “If you begin a new job, you know you need a win.

“The players are not confident and they need confidence. If you lose like us two games and only one draw, you have no trust in things, so it was necessary for everybody we had a win today (Saturday).

“We don’t care much about the other (teams’) results. We have to do our work and get our results. It wasn’t only the result today; it was the game we played, and I thought we were the better team, so it will give us the confidence we can avoid relegation and stay in the league.”

Magath dropped Holland international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in favour of David Stockdale, whose excellent performance helped lay the foundations for a win secured by Ashkan Dejagah’s 68th-minute strike.

“It was a hard decision to drop Maarten, but he has taken it very well,” said Magath.

“The idea was Maarten is a quiet ‘keeper; he is not loud, and David is louder. That was my idea: that we need someone who gives more encouragement to the players, and fortunately it worked.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew watched the game on television from a hotel room as he served the first match of a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew is banned from the stadium for the first three of those games and assistant John Carver, who was in charge of the team on the day, explained that the manager kept in touch with the bench by phone.

“Alan was in the hotel where we stayed last night,” Carver said. “I had a conversation with him when we were coming off the pitch at half-time and then again at the end of the game.

“He had an analyst in the hotel and one on the bench speaking to (first-team coach) Steve Stone. So I had probably two conversations and that was it.

“He was speaking to the analyst, but he was really calm at half-time. He was obviously disappointed he wasn’t here, as we all were.”

Carver admitted that thoughts of Pardew’s punishment from the Football Association had coloured his own reaction to a late penalty decision that went against Newcastle.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul was convinced that he should have had a spot-kick when he advanced for a late corner and saw his shot hit Johnny Heitinga’s arm, but his appeal was waved away by referee Howard Webb.

“I certainly counted to 10 this time, because you have to,” Carver said. “After what’s gone on the last few weeks, we have to be on our best behaviour for obvious reasons.

“I had a good conversation with the referee and he gave me his reasons and I was happy with that. Tim was a bit animated and I think he wanted to go and see him, but I told him, ‘It’s not worth it.’

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Travis Fimmel had the right Viking vibe

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Vikings creator Michael Hirst is glad Aussie actor Travis Fimmel is no try-hard.

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Hirst was without a leading man a week out from shooting the pilot for Vikings when Fimmel’s audition reel arrived.

Making no real effort to sound or look like a Viking, Fimmel delivered his lines with a broad Australian accent while standing in the kitchen of his family’s farm in country Victoria.

The next day Fimmel was on his way to Ireland to audition in front of Hirst as Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok, who yearns to raid the rumoured riches of undiscovered England.

Hirst says there was no shortage of actors for the role. It’s just that most tried too hard to be a stereotypical Viking for the series, which returns to SBS One on March 24.

That was exactly the opposite of what the UK writer and executive producer was seeking.

“I wanted a particular type of character, I didn’t want cliche,” Hirst says, explaining his frustration at the audition process from his home in the UK.

“Most people who read for the role were kind of shouting and saying, `I am a Viking’ but I wanted someone who is thoughtful and intelligent.

“I didn’t see the Vikings just as brutes.”

Before Fimmel’s audition, Hirst had earmarked someone else for the role of Ragnar but rejected that actor (whom he doesn’t name) on the advice of his wife, Deborah.

Deborah said she would not watch the series with “him” in it. So a week before filming was to start, Hirst told the show’s US executives they were without a leading actor.

“Travis’s tape came in the very next day, I think, and he had filmed it in the kitchen of his house and he didn’t dress up like a Viking,” Hirst says.

“He didn’t pretend he wasn’t Australian. He just did the scene very quietly and myself and the director, who is a Swedish guy, we said, `We think maybe we found him.’

“Everyone loved what he did when he came over to Ireland and we cast him, although a lot of people were full of trepidation. But he is perfect.”

Fimmel is not the only Aussie with a leading role.

Alyssa Sutherland plays princess Aslaug, who is also Ragnar’s love interest.

Hirst has an affinity with Australian actors. He wrote Cate Blanchett’s first Oscar-nominated role in Elizabeth, which also starred Geoffrey Rush.

He also penned Elizabeth: The Golden Age, for which Blanchett was again nominated for Oscar.

Like Elizabeth, Hirst has chosen a character with more than one story to tell. That means there are plenty of directions Vikings can take if it continues to be a success.

“I chose a character who had, historically, many sons and his sons became almost as famous in Viking legend as Ragnar himself,” Hirst says.

“If we do well with Ragnar we get on to his sons, including the improbably named Ivor The Boneless.”

* Vikings season two starts on Monday, March 24 at 8.30pm on SBS One

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ManCity win pleases Pellegrini

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised his side’s response to a “very difficult week” after they beat Hull City to rekindle their Premier League title challenge.

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City exited the FA Cup and Champions League earlier this week after defeats by Wigan Athletic and Barcelona, but goals from David Silva and Edin Dzeko earned them a 2-0 win at Hull on Saturday.

The victory came despite the 10th-minute dismissal of captain Vincent Kompany and left Pellegrini’s side six points shy of Chelsea with three games in hand, after Jose Mourinho’s men crashed to a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.

“It was a very good response from the team after a very difficult week,” Pellegrini said. “Playing with one player less for 80 minutes, it was a very important response from the team.

“Of course, it’s more difficult to play with 10 players, but I trust in the team and the players and I think we did very well with and without the ball.”

Chelsea manager Mourinho has repeatedly insisted that City have the advantage in the title race, but speaking before the London club’s defeat at Villa, Pellegrini took a diplomatic line on his team’s chances.

“We are not sending out messages to anyone, to Chelsea or any other team,” he said.

“It was a chance to come back to the Premier League after three weeks and win a game. It was important to us to return to the Premier League by winning the game, and we did it.”

Spanish midfielder Silva scored a stunning opener in the 14th minute and then set up a late Edin Dzeko strike after City had weathered a second-half battering from Steve Bruce’s Hull.

Nikica Jelavic missed two good chances to equalise for Hull, while Fernandino and Dzeko were guilty of wasting opportunities for the visitors before the Bosnian’s 90th-minute goal from Silva’s pass secured the points.

Argentine centre-back Martin Demichelis received criticism for making costly errors in the defeats against Barcelona and Wigan, but he stood out in an impressive defensive display at Hull.

“Demichelis today (Saturday) played very well, and the whole season he played very well,” said Pellegrini.

“Maybe against Wigan he conceded one penalty that was unnecessary. Against Barcelona, it was a very difficult ball (to deal with). I don’t agree with the criticism of Demichelis. I’m very pleased with his performances.”

Hull have an FA Cup semi-final – their first since 1930 – to look forward to next month, but their priority remains avoiding an instant return to the second-tier Championship.

Their cup run and key victories away from home have kept morale high, but the Tigers have not won a home match in the league in 2014.

Manager Bruce felt that, though widely expected, defeat against City was difficult to take.

“The frustrating thing is we might not ever have a better opportunity to beat them,” he said. “It became one of those frustrating afternoons. We know it’s difficult to play against 10 men.

“We’ve done it against Norwich and West Ham. We needed the game to go on longer without Silva scoring, because that gave them something to hang onto.

“It’s been a difficult week for Manchester City, but there’s a frustration that we haven’t done enough to get something from the game.

“You have to say, defensively, they were fantastic. To keep a high line was either really brave or really lucky, because most teams drop back to defend the goal.

“They kept a high line and we got caught offside so many times from crossing it. If they worked on that then they’ve done it fantastically well.”

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PSG beat St Etienne 2-0

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Paris Saint Germain, fresh from progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals, capped a profitable week with a 2-0 win over Saint Etienne on Sunday.

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The Ligue 1 leaders’ closest rivals Monaco had earlier cut the gap to five points after a controversial 3-2 win over Lyon in a game where the referee subsequently admitted to mistakes on all three of Monaco’s goals.

But PSG regained their eight-point cushion on Claudio Ranieri’s side with superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic putting the game to bed with two first half goals.

This latest stepping stone on what is becoming a relentless march to the French title extended PSG’s unbeaten league run to 13 matches.

Coach Laurent Blanc brought back several players rested in midweek for the win against Bayer Leverkusen, including former St Etienne captain Blaise Matuidi.

St Etienne have developed a reputation as a bogey team for the French capital side but not on this occasion.

Ibrahimovic had PSG deservedly in front in the 14th minute, the Swedish striker rolling the ball in although St Etienne rounded on the referee claiming Matuidi had been offside.

The St Etienne goal continued to be the centre of attention as the hosts dominated, with Ibrahimovic doubling up four minutes from the break, prodding home Edinson Cavani’s cross from the left having started the sweet move.

St Etienne emerged revitalised after the interval, Benjamin Corgnet thumping the ball into the side netting after Yohan Mollo’s effort was blocked, then substitute Melvut Erding forcing PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu into producing a deft save.

PSG, who lost Yohan Cabaye to injury, the former Newcastle midfielder replaced by Marco Verrati, eventually managed to reassert themselves to hold out for the win and move closer to sealing the championship.

Earlier Monaco saw off Lyon in a contentious game marked by a series of dubious calls from the referee who later conceded all Monaco’s goals resulted from off-side situations.

For Lyon this result ended a five-match unbeaten run in the league and the former multiple French champions remain in fifth place.

Lyon, for the third match in a row, conceded a goal in the opening 10 minutes, this time Valere Garmain inflicting the damage after four minutes.

This was the first of referee Freddy Fautrel’s mistakes as Garmain was set up by Dimitar Berbatov’s back pass, with the Bulgarian striker clearly offside.

James Rodriguez doubled up for Monaco who once again was sent on his way by Berbatov in an off-side position after a cross from the right from Mounir Obbadi.

A dozen minutes after the restart Berbatov, offside when he picked up a cross, scored from close range.

Lyon had pulled one back after the half hour when Miguel Lopes on the right flank found Jimmy Briand, who gave Lyon hope of salvaging a point with 12 minutes left on the clock with his second.

Fautrel held his hands up to a bad day at the office, declaring: “We (he and his assistants) recognise mistakes were made by the refereeing team – three goals were off-side.

“I’ve got other bad memories of course but tonight is a very bad memory for me and my colleagues.”

Lyon coach Remi Garde said: “I’m disappointed that the players weren’t rewarded for their enthusiasm and solidarity and courage.

“I’m not going to talk about the referee as I’d risk being banned.”

Ranieri commented: “As for the refereeing I think it was very hard today for us and for Lyon. But when a team scores three goals away from home it deserves to win.”

Montpellier held Bordeaux to a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s other game.

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Parma put the boot into 10-man Milan

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Antonio Cassano scored a brace as Parma stunned ten-man AC Milan 4-2 to drop the Serie A giants to 12th and virtually out of contention for European football on Sunday.

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After two consecutive defeats the pressure was on Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, who in midweek was forced to deny he had harsh words for misfiring striker Mario Balotelli.

But despite the misfortune of seeing ‘keeper Christian Abbiati sent off inside 10 minutes for a foul on Ezequiel Schelotto, the burden on the 37-year-old Dutchman is now likely to weigh heavier.

Milan’s third defeat in succession, following reverses to Juventus and Udinese, left the ailing Italian giants 37 points behind leaders Juventus and now 11 behind Parma, who occupy the first Europa League spot in fifth.

While Juve continue their charge towards a third consecutive scudetto – they hold a 14-point lead on Roma, who have a game in hand, before their respective games later – the battle for European places is well and truly on.

Parma now have a one-point lead on Fiorentina as well as a game in hand, although Fiorentina can reclaim fifth spot with a win at home to Chievo later on Sunday.

The visitors were well on their way to an upset when Abbiati was shown a straight red card for a blatant foul on Schelotto and former Real Madrid, Milan and Inter striker Cassano stepped up to beat Marco Amelia from the spot in the ninth minute.

Seedorf reshuffled and Milan did well to soak up the pressure for the remainder of the half.

But only six minutes after the restart Cassano, unmarked on the edge of the Milan box, controlled Afriyie Acquah’s angled ball to beat Amelia for Parma’s second.

Seedorf replaced left-back Urby Emanuelson with Adil Rami and five minutes later the big France defender rose above the Parma defence to head Kaka’s corner past Antonio Mirante.

When Joel Obi was adjudged to have fouled Riccardo Montolivo, somewhat harshly, with just over 15 minutes remaining and Balotelli scored with a stop-start spot-kick, the fightback looked on.

But only two minutes later Milan’s defence was left despondent after former Inter man Schelotto got the ball across to Amauri to flick with his heel past Amelia.

Amelia did well to block Schelotto’s effort with his legs but the ‘keeper could not keep out Jonathan Biabiany’s diving header in the fifth minute of added-on time as the ball ricocheted in the area.

Elsewhere, Lazio maintained their hopes of Europa League football with a 2-0 away win at Cagliari which kept the capital side five points behind Parma in seventh.

Relegation-threatened Livorno had two men sent off but survived to beat Bologna 2-1 at home and move one point clear of the relegation zone.

In another bottom-of-the-table clash Sassuolo beat Catania 3-1 to send the Sicilians back to the bottom.

Fiorentina host Chievo and Juve travel to Genoa in Sunday’s late games while Napoli, in third, are away to Torino on Monday, when Roma host Udinese.

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Lokomotiv stay top of premiership

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Lokomotiv Moscow increased their lead at the top of the Russian Premiership despite being held to a goalless draw by the hosts Amkar Perm on Sunday.

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Lokomotiv now have 44 points from 21 matches and are three points clear of Zenit St Petersburg, who were beaten 1-0 by CSKA on Saturday.

Two other Moscow clubs, Dynamo and Spartak, who take on Anzhi Makhachkala on Monday, share third on 39 points.

Amkar, who are bidding for a European spot, made a lively start, pinning Lokomotiv back, but they were unable to convert their superiority into goals.

After the break, Lokomotiv stepped up their game and created several chances but could not break down the robust Amkar defence.

“It’s very hard to oppose Amkar at Perm as they’re a very physically strong team who are very dangerous especially in dead ball situations,” Lokomotiv manager Leonid Kuchuk said.

“The hosts were more focused from the start, while we had chances after the break but in general the teams looked almost even and the draw looks the fair result of the match.”

In Sunday’s other match, Rubin Kazan, champions in 2008 and 2009, experienced few troubles on their way to a 3-1 home win over Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

Ukrainian international forward Marko Devic, signed in the January transfer window from Metalist Kharkiv, put Rubin ahead in the 14th minute with his first goal in the Russian league scoring from close range.

Dmitry Torbinsky made it 2-0 a minute before the interval when he latched on to Devic’s pass and fired home from five metres.

Rubin midfielder Pavel Mogilevets added a third with 10 minutes to go, while Volga’s Armenian forward Artur Sarkisov rounded off the scoring with a consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

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