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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
Blackburn crash out
David Thompson tries to find a breakthrough for Blackburn

Blackburn 1-1 Genclerbirligi
(Genclerbirligi win 4-2 on aggregate)

Blackburn were dumped out of the Uefa Cup by Turkish side Genclerbirligi despite dominating the second leg at Ewood Park.

Rovers had several opportunities to put the tie out of reach of their opponents but were guilty of poor finishing and in the end they were made to pay.

Matt Jansen did manage to put Blackburn in front 20 minutes into the second half, but Mustafa Ozkan equalised almost immediately for Genclerbirligi to kill the tie off.

David Thompson went close with some powerful shots and Corrado Grabbi was wasteful as Rovers bowed out of the competition in disappointing fashion for the second successive year.

Blackburn had started at a ferocious tempo and looked certain to take an early lead with the visitors' defence at sixes and sevens.

But despite a succession of guilt-edged chances, they simply could not get the first-half breakthrough they so desperately wanted.

And it was Jansen who was the principal culprit as he sliced woefully wide just four minutes in with the goal at his mercy following an error from Damir Botonjic.

KEY MOMENTS
9 mins: Jansen shot crashes against the crossbar
53 mins: Thompson blasts shot that cannons off the bar
65 mins: Jansen finally scores
66 mins: Ozkan equalises
90 mins: Tugay's shot deflects onto the woodwork

Jansen then mis-kicked a Brett Emerton cross before the ball rebounded to him and he saw a shot crash off the bar, before Garry Flitcroft had an effort blocked and Grabbi poked wide.

Soulemayne Youla had a chance to put the tie beyond Blackburn, but having brilliantly turned Flitcroft he dragged his shot wide of Brad Friedel's goal.

Just before the break Thompson hit a trademark long-range drive but the ball flew wide of Botonjic's goal.

Rovers continued their assault on the Genclerbirligi goal after the interval and Thompson slammed a ferocious shot off the underside of the bar before Grabbi missed two golden chances from close-range.

Dwight Yorke and Dino Baggio were brought on to try and get Blackburn a goal and Graeme Souness' change paid dividends almost immediately.

Yorke crossed for Jansen who saw his first shot blocked before driving the rebound into the corner of the net.

But Blackburn were rocked instantly as Josip Skoko held the ball up in the box and set up Mustafa Ozkan to drill the ball past a startled Friedel.

The home side now needed two goals just to take the tie into extra-time, and Jansen had a chance similar to the one he scored from, but saw the ball cleared off the line by Abdel El Saka.

Thompson knew it was not to be his night with ten minutes to go when his goalbound free-kick was magnificently tipped round the post by Botonjic.

Blackburn's night of misery was compounded when they struck the woodwork again in stoppage time, as Tugay's deflected shot cannoned back to safety.


Blackburn: Friedel, Reid, Amoruso, Todd, Gresko, Emerton, Flitcroft, Tugay, Thompson, Jansen, Grabbi. Subs: Martin Taylor, Johansson, Gallagher, Yorke, Baggio, McEveley, Kelly.

Genclerbirligi: Botonjic, El Saka, Bozkurt, Mercimek, Baris, Tandogan, Balci, Skoko, Daems, Ozkan, Youla. Subs: Ozbey, Basturk, M'Bayo, Gursel, Cihan, Karaman, Sevim.

Referee: Eric Braamhaar (Holland).




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