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Dimitrov earns CSKA draw

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.25CET
Blackburn Rovers FC 1-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Velizar Dimitrov's strike hampers Blackburn hopes.

Match statistics

BlackburnCSKA Sofia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.25CET

Dimitrov earns CSKA draw

Blackburn Rovers FC 1-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Velizar Dimitrov's strike hampers Blackburn hopes.

Blackburn Rovers FC 1-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
A wonderful solo effort from Velizar Dimitrov gave the ten men of PFC CSKA Sofia a precious away goal to take into the second leg of their UEFA Cup first-round tie against Blackburn Rovers FC.

Plenty of chances
There were chances aplenty at Ewood Park where the CSKA front pair of João Paolo Brito and Macdonald Mukasi matched the attacking efforts of Blackburn's Keith Gillespie and Nils Eric Johansson.

Yorke fires wide
The home side started brightly and had a wonderful chance to score after only six minutes. Former Manchester United FC striker Dwight Yorke - who limped off soon afterwards with a hamstring problem - fired wide with just the goalkeeper to beat and Blackburn were left to rue their profligacy when the visitors took the lead after 22 minutes.

Dimitrov strike
The skilful Dimitrov picked up the ball 35 metres out and ran at the Blackburn defence, evading the challenges of Lucas Neill and debutant Neil Danns before placing a left-footed shot past the outstretched arm of Brad Friedel from 20 metres.

No mistake
Blackburn were level within four minutes, however. Johansson successfully held off the challenge of Georgi Georgiev and placed a dangerous cross into the penalty area which was only partially cleared by the CSKA defence. The ball fell to striker Corrado Grabbi who made no mistake with a shot that went in off the inside of the post.

Tomovski sent off
Graeme Souness's side dominated the second half as they tried to make home advantage count. Stoyan Petrov in the CSKA goal was in outstanding form to stop headers from Martin Taylor and Egil Ostenstad from Gillespie crosses, and the Bulgarian side successfully withstood Blackburn's sustained late pressure. This despite being a man down after Aleksandar Tomovski's 74th-minute dismissal for two bookable offences, the second after a foul on Gillespie.

Last updated: 06/01/04 10.47CET

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Lineups

blackburn

Blackburn

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

1
FriedelBrad Friedel
12
KolevStoyan Kolev
Yellow Card63
2
NeillLucas Neill
2
AntonovGeorgi Antonov
3
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu (C)
3
Galin IvanovGalin Ivanov (C)
4
ToddAndrew Todd
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev
Yellow Card82
8
DunnDavid Dunn
6
TomovskiAleksandar Tomovski
Red Card75
12
GrabbiCorrado Grabbi
Goal25
Substitution62
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Goal22
Substitution81
14
JohanssonNils-Eric Johansson
13
VarbanovYordan Varbanov
15
HignettCraig Hignett
14
PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
19
YorkeDwight Yorke
Substitution11
20
João Paulo BritoJoão Paulo Brito
Substitution69
21
TaylorMartin Taylor
21
MukasiMacDonald Mukasi
Substitution90+3
35
DannsNeil Danns
Yellow Card58
Substitution69
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
Yellow Card32

Substitutes

16
MahonAlan Mahon
7
YanevHristo Yanev
17
CurtisJohn Curtis
10
DeyanovMetodi Deyanov
22
ØstenstadEgil Østenstad
Substitution62
15
SakiriArtim Sakiri
Substitution90+3
18
GillespieKeith Gillespie
Substitution11
19
PavlovIvan Pavlov
Substitution81
Yellow Card84
25
BergHenning Berg
Substitution69
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov
Substitution69
29
DouglasJonathan Douglas
27
ZlatinovPetar Zlatinov
13
KellyAlan Kelly
1
Ivailo IvanovIvailo Ivanov

Coach

Graeme Souness (ENG) Stoitcho Mladenov (BUL)

Referee

Bruno Coue (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Jean-Marie Cazali (FRA)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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