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Blackburn steal it at the death

Published: Thursday 14 December 2006, 0.36CET
Blackburn Rovers FC 1-0 AS Nancy-Lorraine A 93rd-minute strike from Lucas Neill earned the hosts top billing in Group E at the expense of unlucky Nancy.

Match statistics

BlackburnNancy

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners6
 
7
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 14 December 2006, 0.36CET

Blackburn steal it at the death

Blackburn Rovers FC 1-0 AS Nancy-Lorraine A 93rd-minute strike from Lucas Neill earned the hosts top billing in Group E at the expense of unlucky Nancy.

Blackburn Rovers FC seized first place in UEFA Cup Group E in dramatic circumstances as a 93rd-minute goal from defender Lucas Neill earned them a 1-0 victory over AS Nancy-Lorraine.

Nancy finish second
Nancy should have won a match they dominated for long stretches but instead they were left ruing earlier missed opportunities when Australian international Neill turned on a loose ball in the penalty box and drove a low shot under Johan Lapeyre. Blackburn's success lifted them on to ten points, three clear of tournament newcomers Nancy who also advance to the last 32 as the section's second-best team.

Derbyshire shot
The visitors made the early running at Ewood Park and Friedel had to be alert after ten minutes to turn behind Frédéric Biancalani's low strike. Although Blackburn's young forward Matthew Derbyshire spurned a good chance when shooting straight at the inexperienced Lapeyre, Nancy's third-choice goalkeeper, the French side carried the greater threat. Kim's pace was a constant menace and the Brazilian created real danger with one surge down the right, only to fail to pick out the unmarked Issiar Dia.

Kim denied
Blackburn breathed another sigh of relief in the 32nd minute when Dia went down under a challenge from Neill but referee Gerald Lehner ignored the Frenchman's claims for a penalty and instead booked him for diving. Nancy kept coming, though, with Kim striking the inside of the far post after leaving Neill for dead with another jet-heeled run and James McEveley blocking Michaël Chrétien's follow-up effort. With half-time approaching, there was another scare for Mark Hughes's men as Kim sent a low cross to the far post only for Pascal Berenguer to fire over.

Unlikely victory
The second half began in identical fashion, Kim and Dia combining to set up the unmarked Berenguer but he scuffed his shot. David Bentley's spectacular half-volley forced Lapeyre to tip over at the other end, while Friedel was called into similar action to stop Benjamin Gavanon's ambitious effort from close to the halfway line shortly after the hour. That was as close as either team got in the second period until Neill stole an unlikely victory for the English hosts.

Last updated: 14/12/06 0.49CET

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Lineups

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Blackburn

nancy

Nancy

1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
30
LapeyreJohan Lapeyre (GK)
2
NeillLucas Neill (C)
Goal90+2
3
DiakhatéPape Diakhaté (C)
4
ToddAndrew Todd
Substitution28
4
LecluseCédric Lecluse
8
SavageRobbie Savage
5
Andre LuizAndre Luiz
11
BentleyDavid Bentley
6
BerenguerPascal Berenguer
15
MokoenaAaron Mokoena
Yellow Card25
8
BiancalaniFrédéric Biancalani
Substitution73
18
GallagherPaul Gallagher
Substitution67
9
KimKim
Substitution76
20
OoijerAndré Ooijer
Yellow Card56
10
DiaIssiar Dia
Yellow Card32
Substitution64
24
McEveleyJames McEveley
20
ChrétienMichaël Chrétien
27
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
24
GavanonBenjamin Gavanon
Yellow Card80
31
PeterSergio Peter
Substitution67
28
PuygrenierSébastien Puygrenier

Substitutes

23
BrownJason Brown (GK)
16
SorinOlivier Sorin (GK)
10
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution67
17
CurbeloGaston Curbelo
Substitution76
12
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution67
26
N'GuémoLandry N'Guémo
Substitution64
32
NolanEddie Nolan
Substitution28
27
SaugetDavid Sauget
Substitution73
5
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
14
HamdaniRachid Hamdani
9
NondaShabani Nonda
15
KeitaAbdoulaye Keita
33
GrayMichael Gray
23
BrisonJonathan Brison

Coach

Mark Hughes (WAL) Pablo Correa (FRA)

Referee

Gerald Lehner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Raimund Buch (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Prammer (AUT)

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