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So near yet so far for CSKA

Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.05CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 3-3 Blackburn Rovers FC (Agg: 4-4; Blackburn win on away goals) Blackburn lose a three-goal lead but still advance.

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaBlackburn

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.05CET

So near yet so far for CSKA

PFC CSKA Sofia 3-3 Blackburn Rovers FC (Agg: 4-4; Blackburn win on away goals) Blackburn lose a three-goal lead but still advance.

Blackburn Rovers FC lost a three-goal lead against PFC CSKA Sofia at the Bulgarska Armia stadium yet still managed to squeeze through to the UEFA Cup second round on away goals.

CSKA fightback
Three goals from CSKA substitutes Emil Gargorov (2) and Agnaldo brought the Bulgarians to the brink of qualification after the match had looked over as a contest when Blackburn raced into a three-goal lead inside the first hour of the match.

Thompson hits the target
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, and a tight contest was expected in Sofia yet there were early chances at both ends. For CSKA Todor Yanchev shot narrowly wide in the eighth minute, while David Thompson's swerving free-kick sailed narrowly over Stoyan Petrov's goal shortly afterwards. Thompson was not going to miss his second chance on the half hour when he chested the ball down before beating Petrov from 30 metres.

Goal disallowed
Blackburn had the ball in the net for a second time shortly after the break but Andy Cole's header was disallowed for a push on Petrov. However, Egil Østenstad tapped in from five metres following Cole's pass on 56 minutes and the visitors added their third goal a minute later, when Irish international Damien Duff shot in off the far post after letting fly from the left edge of the area.

Shellshocked
CSKA coach Stoytcho Mladenov reacted by substituting MacDonald Mukasi and Brito for Bulgarian Under-21 international captain Gargorov and Agnaldo. The changes paid quick dividends, as the diminutive Gargorov headed home a Svetoslav Petrov cross from the right on 66 minutes. Five minutes later, Gargorov turned provider as he crossed for Agnaldo to score an almost identical goal.

Late equaliser
Blackburn missed the chance to finish off CSKA five minutes from time, when Duff, David Dunn and Cole bore down on goalkeeper Stoyan Petrov. However, the trio dallied long enough for defender Svetoslav Petrov to rush back and clear the ball off the line. CSKA then equalised in the final minute when Gargorov fired home from the spot after Velizar Dimitrov was fouled in the penalty area by Lucas Neill. With feelings running high, Dimitrov was sent off in injury time.

Last updated: 04/10/02 1.54CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

blackburn

Blackburn

12
KolevStoyan Kolev
1
FriedelBrad Friedel
2
AntonovGeorgi Antonov
Yellow Card34
2
NeillLucas Neill
Yellow Card36
3
Galin IvanovGalin Ivanov (C)
Yellow Card56
Substitution81
3
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
Substitution61
4
CharrasMarcos Charras
8
DunnDavid Dunn
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev
9
ColeAndy Cole
Substitution84
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Red Card90+1
11
DuffDamien Duff
Goal56
14
PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
Yellow Card89
14
JohanssonNils-Eric Johansson
20
João Paulo BritoJoão Paulo Brito
Substitution59
20
ThompsonDavid Thompson
Goal30
21
MukasiMacDonald Mukasi
Substitution59
21
TaylorMartin Taylor
25
João CarlosJoão Carlos
Yellow Card21
22
ØstenstadEgil Østenstad
Yellow Card44
Goal55
Substitution59
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
25
BergHenning Berg (C)

Substitutes

1
Ivailo IvanovIvailo Ivanov
13
KellyAlan Kelly
7
YanevHristo Yanev
Substitution81
4
ToddAndrew Todd
9
AgnaldoAgnaldo
Substitution59
Goal71
12
GrabbiCorrado Grabbi
Substitution59
13
VarbanovYordan Varbanov
15
HignettCraig Hignett
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov
Substitution59
Goal65
Goal89
16
MahonAlan Mahon
Substitution84
15
SakiriArtim Sakiri
18
GillespieKeith Gillespie
Substitution61
27
ZlatinovPetar Zlatinov
35
DannsNeil Danns

Coach

Stoitcho Mladenov (BUL) Graeme Souness (ENG)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), Eyal Hatuka (ISR)

Fourth official

Dani Koren (ISR)

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