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Özkan foils Rovers' charge

Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 0.49CET
Blackburn Rovers FC 1-1 Gençlerbirligi SK (agg: 2-4) A rapid equaliser ends Blackburn's hopes.

Match statistics

BlackburnGençlerbirliği

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 0.49CET

Özkan foils Rovers' charge

Blackburn Rovers FC 1-1 Gençlerbirligi SK (agg: 2-4) A rapid equaliser ends Blackburn's hopes.

Gençlerbirligi SK deservedly made progress into the UEFA Cup second round when they drew 1-1 away at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers FC to earn a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Stout defence
Having defended with stout resolution while riding their luck as the English Premiership side twice hit the woodwork, Gençlerbirligi then managed to stifle Blackburn's cheers immediately after going behind on the night. Within 60 seconds of Matt Jansen reducing the deficit, Mustafa Özkan had wiped it out at the other end and although Rovers kept on pressing, hitting the bar for a third time, that blow put an end to their hopes.

Three misses
Blackburn will reflect that they did not show quite enough quality in the penalty area when it mattered most and Corrado Grabbi will have to relive for some time his three misses in front of an inviting net.

Also at fault
Apart from his goal Jansen hit the bar on two occasions but was also at fault when shooting wide of the posts as early as the fourth minute. A goal then and the entire course of the evening might have been different.

Sorry Souness
"How can I ask my players to give me more than they've given me tonight?" asked Blackburn manager Graeme Souness. "The 3-1 result out there has killed us and we've paid the price. I know the supporters are frustrated but you can multiply that 20 times and that's how I feel right now."

Four changes
Souness made four changes from the side that lost in Ankara and also had to discount Andy Cole who was suffering from a neck injury. The visitors were without goalkeeper Gökhan Tokgöz who picked up a shoulder injury in the first game.

Frantic start
Replacement keeper Damir Botonjic was immediately under siege in a whirlwind start in which Jansen shot wide, Brett Emerton had strong appeals for a penalty turned down, Jansen fired against the bar and Grabbi missed poorly from the rebound. Souleymane Youla then missed from a rare Gençlerbirligi raid but the two goals he delivered in the first game were to prove decisive as the visitors began to tighten up in defence.

Thompson foiled
Early in the second half David Thompson shot powerfully against the underside of the bar though hope emerged for Blackburn in the 65th minute as substitute Dwight Yorke sent the ball across from the right. At the second attempt, Jansen found a way through the thicket of red shirts.

Immediate equaliser
However Gençlerbirligi immediately went to the other end where Özkan got the better of Steven Reid and played the ball into the near post. Özkan continued his run and as the ball came back to him once more he delivered.

Last updated: 16/10/03 11.39CET

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Lineups

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Blackburn

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Gençlerbirliği

1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
16
BotonjičDamir Botonjič (GK)
3
GreškoVratislav Greško
Substitution63
3
DaemsFilip Daems
5
AmorusoLorenzo Amoruso
5
El SakaAbdel El Saka
7
FlitcroftGarry Flitcroft (C)
8
Mustafa ÖzkanMustafa Özkan
Goal67
Substitution75
8
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
Substitution83
10
JansenMatthew Jansen
Goal65
14
Ümit BozkurtÜmit Bozkurt
12
ReidSteven Reid
15
SkokoJosip Skoko
Substitution90
15
ToddAndrew Todd
Yellow Card65
Substitution77
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
20
ThompsonDavid Thompson
Yellow Card2
23
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
Yellow Card73
23
EmertonBrett Emerton
Yellow Card18
25
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
18
GrabbiCorrado Grabbi
Substitution61
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı

Substitutes

4
TaylorMartin Taylor
Substitution77
6
Erkan ÖzbeyErkan Özbey
Substitution75
14
JohanssonNils-Eric Johansson
10
NihatBasturk Nihat
17
GallagherPaul Gallagher
12
MbayoMarcel Mbayo
19
YorkeDwight Yorke
Substitution63
61
KaramanBülent Karaman
Substitution90
21
D. BaggioDino Baggio
Substitution61
39
Mustafa GürselMustafa Gürsel
29
McEveleyJames McEveley
50
VeyselCihan Veysel
Substitution83
13
KellyAlan Kelly (GK)
24
Bora SevimBora Sevim (GK)

Coach

Graeme Souness (ENG) Ersun Yanal (TUR)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Gerritsen (NED), Rob B.G. Meenhuis (NED)

Fourth official

Jack Schenkels (NED)

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