Barcelona: Pinto; Adriano, Piqué,
Fontás, Maxwell; Thiago, Mascherano, Busquets; Jeffren (Víctor
Vázquez 12'), Bojan (Marc Bartra 35'), Jonathan Dos Santos (Messi 62').
Rubin: Ryzhikov; Kuzmin, César Navas, Bocchetti, Ansaldi; Noboa, Kaleshin; Ryazantsev (Kasaev 65'), Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Murawski; Martins (Medvedev 65'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 51. Fontás. Shot from Thiago's pass which deflected in off arm of Kaleshin.
2-0. 83. Víctor Vázquez. Ran on to Adriano pass and curled shot past Ryzhikov.
Barcelona had nothing to play for at all except for prize money and pride, and Guardiola only included first choice players Piqué and Busquets in his starting line up against Rubin Kazan. Surprisingly Barça had not been able to beat the Russian side in their three previous meetings, and Ansaldi almost caught out Pinto early on with a cross which nearly sneaked in on the near post. Injuries to Jeffren and Bojan further changed the coach's plans, and it was not until six minutes in to the second half that they took the lead, a shot from Fontàs deflecting off the hand of Kaleshin past his own keeper. Guardiola brought Messi on for the last half hour to amuse the crowd, and he came close to scoring a couple of times with shots from outside of the area. But it was another youngster Víctor Vázquez who wrapped things up, running on to Adriano's pass to beat Ryzhikov for a second time with seven minutes to go.