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Larissa claim Blackburn scalp

Published: Friday 5 October 2007, 0.20CET
Blackburn Rovers FC 2-1 Larissa FC (agg 2-3)
Cleyton's opener proved decisive as the Greek club eliminated their English Premier League opponents.

Match statistics

BlackburnLarissa

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 5 October 2007, 0.20CET

Larissa claim Blackburn scalp

Blackburn Rovers FC 2-1 Larissa FC (agg 2-3)
Cleyton's opener proved decisive as the Greek club eliminated their English Premier League opponents.

Despite a valiant comeback by their English Premier League opponents, Larissa FC held on for a memorable aggregate win to reach the UEFA Cup group stage at the expense of Blackburn Rovers FC.

Cleyton opener
Cleyton's early goal, which gave the Greek visitors a 3-0 aggregate lead, was cancelled out by Matt Derbyshire's retaken penalty and a Stephen Warnock strike but, with two further goals required in the second half, Blackburn had given themselves too much to do.

Larissa chances
Mark Hughes's side had been hoping to get off to a good start in order to make inroads into their two-goal first-leg deficit but they found themselves another goal worse off after 17 minutes when Cleyton controlled Panagiotis Katsiaros's cross and rifled in the opener from eleven metres.

Alexandrou chance
Rovers started sluggishly and Cleyton could have doubled his tally when he fired just wide, but the home side finally mustered an effort on goal when Christopher Samba headed over on 27 minutes. David Dunn and Derbyshire both squandered chances before the visitors threatened again, this time through Nektarios Alexandrou, whose shot deflected wide.

Derbyshire penalty
Blackburn pulled a goal back just before half-time when goalkeeper Stefanos Kotsolis brought down Dunn in the penalty area and, although the Larissa custodian saved Derbyshire's initial effort, he was adjudged to have advanced from his line and the England Under-21 forward made no mistake second time around.

Warnock goal
Six minutes after the break Warnock gave Rovers hope when he latched on to David Bentley's pass and dispatched it from distance. Prompted by the excellent Bentley the hosts streamed forward in search of two more goals, Derbyshire narrowly missing Warnock's centre and Samba heading over again. Those efforts were in vain, though, as the Greek side held on for a memorable aggregate win.

Last updated: 05/10/07 10.50CET

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Lineups

blackburn

Blackburn

larissa

Larissa

11
BentleyDavid Bentley
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution56
27
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Goal45+2
Substitution68
29
BakayokoIbrahima Bakayoko
Substitution90
19
DunnDavid Dunn
Substitution77
20
FoersterMarco Foerster
7
EmertonBrett Emerton
77
KatsiarosPanagiotis Katsiaros
1
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK) (C)
5
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
5
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
Yellow Card66
26
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
Yellow Card45+1
15
MokoenaAaron Mokoena
Substitution65
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas (C)
2
OoijerAndré Ooijer
17
SarmientoMarcelo Sarmiento
Yellow Card28
4
SambaChristopher Samba
Yellow Card87
10
CleytonCleyton
Goal17
Yellow Card66
9
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
7
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
Substitution77
3
WarnockStephen Warnock
Goal54
Yellow Card90+2
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
Yellow Card82

Substitutes

32
BrownJason Brown (GK)
33
BachramisPanagiotis Bachramis
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
6
GikasDimitrios Gikas
Substitution90
10
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution68
21
KalatzisChristos Kalatzis
Substitution77
12
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution65
1
KipourosFotis Kipouros (GK)
17
RigtersMaceo Rigters
2
KotsiosElias Kotsios
Substitution56
8
SavageRobbie Savage
Substitution77
24
VenetisAnastasios Venetis
28
KaneTony Kane
9
ParraFacundo Parra

Coach

Mark Hughes (WAL) Giorgos Donis (GRE)

Referee

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Beat Hidber (SUI)

Fourth official

Sascha Kever (SUI)

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