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Santa Cruz delivers for Blackburn

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 23.32CET
Myllykosken Pallo-47 0-1 Blackburn Rovers FC
Roque Santa Cruz celebrated his 26th birthday in style with the only goal of the first-leg tie in Finland.
by Wayne Harrison
Santa Cruz delivers for Blackburn
Roque Santa Cruz enjoys his goal in Finland ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 23.32CET

Santa Cruz delivers for Blackburn

Myllykosken Pallo-47 0-1 Blackburn Rovers FC
Roque Santa Cruz celebrated his 26th birthday in style with the only goal of the first-leg tie in Finland.

A solitary strike from birthday boy Roque Santa Cruz was enough to give Blackburn Rovers FC victory over Myllykosken Pallo-47 – and a slender advantage to take into the second leg at Ewood Park.

Scoring start
Santa Cruz gave the English Premier League visitors the lead on six minutes when, after receiving the ball from Jason Roberts, the Paraguay striker fired left-footed across the goalkeeper from ten metres. The summer signing from FC Bayern München was making his first start for Mark Hughes's side after a goalscoring appearance from the bench at the weekend.

Intertoto winners
Finnish club MyPa, who had beaten EB/Streymur from the Faroe Islands 2-1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, posed little threat during the first half with their best opportunity falling to Mikko Hyyrynen who dragged his shot wide of Brad Friedel's goal. Blackburn, one of eleven UEFA Intertoto Cup winners entering the competition at this stage, encountered stiffer resistance during the opening exchanges of the second period. However, their central defenders, Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen, dealt with everything that came their way.

Missed chance
Blackburn had the chance to double their advantage on 74 minutes when Santa Cruz's deft touch inside the MyPa penalty box picked out Brett Emerton whose low shot was parried by Janne Korhonen. The return leg of the second qualifying round tie takes place in north-west England in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 17/08/07 11.14CET

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Lineups

mypa

MYPA

blackburn

Blackburn

6
AgbohKuami Agboh
11
BentleyDavid Bentley
Yellow Card79
16
HuttunenToni Huttunen
19
DunnDavid Dunn
Substitution73
11
HyyrynenMikko Hyyrynen
1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
20
KansikasTuomas Kansikas
6
NelsenRyan Nelsen (C)
1
KorhonenJanne Korhonen (GK) (C)
2
OoijerAndré Ooijer
7
KuparinenTuomas Kuparinen
Substitution65
12
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution73
18
MirandaHugo Miranda
30
RobertsJason Roberts
Substitution65
24
MustafiNebi Mustafi
4
SambaChristopher Samba
19
PellonenEero Pellonen
Substitution79
8
SavageRobbie Savage
2
PulkkinenHeikki Pulkkinen
3
WarnockStephen Warnock
14
MuinonenEetu Muinonen
Substitution53
9
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Goal6

Substitutes

12
LuukkonenJani Luukkonen (GK)
27
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution65
10
MansoMarco Manso
Substitution65
7
EmertonBrett Emerton
Substitution73
5
MarchisVasile Marchis
31
EnckelmanPeter Enckelman (GK)
15
NykänenJuho Nykänen
Substitution79
5
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
Substitution73
9
PuhakainenSaku Puhakainen
Substitution53
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
17
KangaskolkkaAleksei Kangaskolkka
15
MokoenaAaron Mokoena
17
RigtersMaceo Rigters

Coach

Janne Hyppönen (FIN) Mark Hughes (WAL)

Referee

Olivier Thual (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christophe Capelli (FRA), Franck Leloup (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Ruffray (FRA)

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