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20 July 2018 Venue Ilz, Austria Attendance

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Reading
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Rubin Kazan

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  • 1
    Vito Mannone
    GK
  • 2
    Chris Gunter
    DF
  • 3
    Pelle Clement
    MF
  • 4
    Andy Rinomhota
    MF
  • 5
    Tiago Ilori
    DF
  • 6
    Paul McShane (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Sone Aluko
    FW
  • 8
    Tyler Blackett
    DF
  • 9
    Yakou Meite
    GK
  • 10
    Marc McNulty
    FW
  • 11
    Modou Barrow
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Andy Yiadom
    SUB
  • 13
    Lewis Ward
    SUB
  • 14
    David Meyler
    SUB
  • 15
    Liam Moore
    SUB
  • 16
    Sam Smith
    SUB
  • 17
    Liam Kelly
    SUB
  • 18
    Dave Edwards
    SUB
  • 19
    John Swift
    SUB
  • 20
    Omar Richards
    SUB
  • 21
    Danny Loader
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Clement

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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Finishing the trip with Rubin

A preview of our fixture in Ilz

20 July 2018

As we come towards the end of our pre-season trip in Austria, we’re gearing up to the last match on the continent as we prepare to meet Rubin Kazan…

Rubin Kazan vs Reading
Friday 20th July 2018, 4pm BST
Pre-season friendly
Ilz, Austria

It has been another busy week on the training pitches.  A big workload, but the cobwebs have been well and truly blown off.

The theme of the week has been about pulling together a style of play and putting it into practice.  We saw the fruits against Beşiktaş with a strong, energetic display and a draw to complement it.

More and more players are getting closer to completing full 90-minute matches too; all good preparation, with the league season just a fortnight away!  And with only our home game against Crystal Palace remaining after this fixture but before the big kick-off, it’s another opportunity for Paul Clement to take a closer look at his side.

And, like Tuesday’s challenge, it’ll be a testing game and a chance to meet European opposition in a competitive environment… and to feel the benefits of that kind of challenge.

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Match Reports

Pre-season | Reading 0-0 Rubin Kazan

Parity in Ilz in friendly fixture

20 July 2018

Reading and Rubin Kazan played out a goalless draw in Ilz in Reading's final pre-season game during their trip to Austria.

No shortage of chances at either end of the field, but defences were on top in an entertaining game.

The game marked a first start for Marc McNulty, following his last-gasp equaliser last time out against Beşiktaş.  He partnered Yakou Meite in the forward line, with Mo Barrow and Sone Aluko supporting on the flanks, but the game came just too soon for Jón Daði Böðvarsson after joining up with the squad on Wednesday.

The Royals carved out a great opportunity within five minutes of kick-off, a flowing move through the lines.  Meite’s chest down allowed McNulty to steam onto the ball; after Barrow’s cross was cut out, it broke back for McNulty who rounded a challenge before striking into the goalkeeper’s arms.

Then the Russian outfit had a couple of chances in succession, each time through midfielder Igor Konovalov.  Twice within the space of minutes, the ball broke his way on the edge of the area… each time, he fired a fraction over Vito Mannone’s bar.

It had been a blisteringly hot day in Ilz, but the temperature began to drop in the first period to everyone’s relief.  The Rubin players were working especially hard to deny the Royals any opportunity to play their way through the lines.

And they looked dangerous on the counter too – midway through the first period Alexandr Bukharov was slipped in down the left channel but couldn’t find the angle as he struck first time.  Soon after, former Swansea man Chico Flores fired off target as a delivery pinballed around the area.

But Reading began to look threatening again after an impromptu water break; Chris Gunter’s surging run down the right and a neat clip around a challenge allowed him to drill low, but his cross-shot was saved.

It could have been Rubin with the lead at half-time; Dmitriy Poloz had an effort deflected against the post, and Bukharov struck the woodwork in the same place on the follow-up.  Konovalov tried to pick up the pieces but hit into Mannone's grateful arms.

Half-time: Reading 0-0 Rubin Kazan

There were three half-time subs for the Royals, with Liam Moore, Omar Richards and Smith all introduced to the action.

Meite, switched out to the right flank, looked to open the scoring just seconds after the restart - a bullet of an effort was just wide as he cut onto his left boot.

Rubin had a couple of chances in quick succession - but wasted both.  Firstly striker Bukharov attempted a bicycle kick as Nikita Goldobin crossed from the right, but it was wide.  And then Pavel Mogilevets was next to fire wide after being slipped in when the Royals had given the ball away upfield. 

The Royals were faced with a new challenge for the final half-hour - Rubin changed all 10 of their outfield players, meaning fresh legs to contend with.  Reading also introduced new players in smaller waves.

Half-time sub Smith attacked a Liam Kelly delivery but it was taken away from him; Barrow recycled the ball and this time Smith latched on, but the header was too deft.

After Rubin won a free-kick 40 yards from goal, Ruslan Kambolov struck first time - forcing Mannone to back-track and tip over the bar.  From the resulting corner, the Royals managed to eventually clear their lines after some pressure.

John Swift was denied a match-winning goal in final few minutes of the game; Barrow got to the byline and hung up a cross in the six-yard box, but a sprawling save by Rubin's sub stopper kept the scores level.  Goalless it ended.

Full-time: Reading 0-0 Rubin Kazan

Reading: Mannone (Ward 79), Gunter, Blackett (Richards HT), McShane (Moore HT), Ilori, Clement (Meyler 64), Rinomhota (Kelly 64), Aluko (Smith HT), Barrow, McNulty (Yiadom 71), Meite (Swift 71).
Unused subs: Edwards, Loader.

Rubin Kazan: Dzhanaev, Navas, Flores, Uremovic, Ustinov, Igor Konovalov, Bayramyan, Bukharov, Azmoun, Mogilevets, Poloz.
Subs: Ivan Konovalov, Akmurzin, Baburin, Granat, Kudryashov, Kambolov, Sorokin, Goldobin, Podberezkin, Shekari, Makhatadze, Bazaev, Mukhametzyanov, Gilyazutdinov, Kazanskiy, Yakovlev, Sharafeev, Giniyatullin, Chistyakov.

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