Date:Monday October 4 2010
A game from a long time ago...but I think we need a lift after the Stoke game. Blackburn 3-2 Barcelona Substitute Mark Hughes scored a late winner for Blackburn as they defeated Barcelona 3-2 in a pre-season friendly.
Hughes was only on the field because of an injury to summer signing Corrado Grabbi but less than 60 seconds after his 81st minute introduction he volleyed home the decisive goal. The result was just reward for an enterprising, industrious Rovers performance against a Barca team including Marc Overmars, Philip Cocu and Patrick Kluivert.
Rovers manager Graeme Souness was delighted with his team's performance. 'Everybody worked hard and it is always great to beat such a big team no matter when or how you do it,' said the Scot. 'What can you say about Mark Hughes? He will be delighted with his goal but winning is not the most important thing. 'It's about getting your fitness and everybody worked very hard. 'It was just what we wanted at this stage, we concentrated and we were organised.'
The match was not so rewarding for Grabbi, who endured a miserable afternoon and was substituted following an accidental penalty box clash 10 minutes from the end.
He was helped from the field clutching his head.
Barcelona took the lead after 18 minutes when an Overmars cross deflected off Stig Inge Bjornebye into the path of Cocu, who shot past Brad Friedel from close range. Fightback But Rovers equalised in the 28th minute when Damien Duff beat Gabriel de la Torre and crossed to the far post for Garry Flitcroft to head home.
Three minutes from half-time Blackburn were awarded a penalty when the impressive Nathan Blake was fouled in the Barcelona area by Philippe Christenval.
David Dunn's penalty was parried but he shot home the rebound. Javier Saviola excelled for the visitors in the second half and almost created an equaliser for Kluivert with an incisive through-ball, but the Dutch striker hammered his shot against the bar.
Barcelona eventually restored parity through Xavier Hernandez's penalty in the 75th minute. The spot-kick had been controversially awarded for shirt-pulling. But Rovers took the lead for the second time through Hughes and the Welsh forward almost increased Blackburn's lead in the final minute but he fired over from 15 yards.
Barcelona coach Carles Rexach paid tribute to Rovers' performance and particularly that of former Barcelona man Hughes. 'He is always a dangerous player and he proved during the game that he doesn't need many opportunities to score a goal,' he said. 'They are a typical English team, very aggressive, very direct, and it is a team that maintains the good spirit and the good things about English football.'
Date:Monday October 4 2010
Stats: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday August 30 2014)
Duffy Heading To Ewood (Friday August 29 2014)
Slew Heads Out On Loan (Friday August 29 2014)
Hull Admit Defeat!! (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Rovers Add Another Goalkeeper (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Rhodes Praised (Monday August 25 2014)
Just The Response Bowyer Expected (Sunday August 24 2014)
Rovers Defiant!! (Saturday August 23 2014)
Stats: Blackburn Rovers v AFC Bournemouth (Saturday August 23 2014)
Player(s) Plus Cash For Rhodes?? (Saturday August 23 2014)
|3.||Rye of the Rovers||24|
|It just had to be Grabban
» Bournemouth : 30/08/2014 23:46:00
» Wolves : 30/08/2014 23:16:00
|We were lacking admits Karanka
» Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 22:04:00
|Early goal sinks Boro
» Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 21:56:00
|Second Half Pleases McCarthy
» Ipswich : 30/08/2014 21:20:00