Jan 4, 2014, 9:58 AM EST
Blackburn Rovers issued quite a scare to Manchester City during a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park in the third round of the 2013/14 FA Cup, but will be left rueing their inability to capitalize on a late City red card.
The subplots were plenty for six-time winners Blackburn; Paul Robinson returned to the pitch after a back injury and life-threatening blood clot kept the accomplished goalkeeper away from game action for nearly a year. Scottish super striker Jordan Rhodes didn’t start, leading to even more rumors of a transfer out of Blackburn to one of many suitors.
Blackburn’s first half was under heavy pressure, but a well-defended frame that fell moments short of perfect. Unfortunately for the Rovers, their defending turned spotty on a David Silva corner. Edin Dzeko headed the corner off frame, but Alvaro Negredo collected the ball and easily touched it home for a 1-0 lead moments before the halftime whistle.
Whatever manager Gary Bowyer said during the intermission was pitch perfect, as the Rovers were anything but hemmed in to open the second half. Bowyer’s camera-captured gesticulations and reactions became part of the match’s entertainment, and his reaction to the equalizer was a beauty.
Ewood Park erupted when oft-dangerous Tom Cairney sent in a cross that 6-foot-4 Frenchman Rudy Gestede headed toward Costel Pantilimon. The City keeper made the stop but couldn’t control the ball, with Blackburn captain Scott Dann pushing the rebound across the line.
Blackburn’s chances of advancing to the fourth round looked even better when Dedryck Boyata took an absolutely ridiculous second yellow card that could’ve been a straight red, anyway. Boyata more or less took a veiled swing at DJ Campbell and was sent off.
Unfortunately for Blackburn, they could not capitalize despite decent possession and a clever left-footed shot from Cairney. Man City was content to send it to a replay, even with a couple chances of their own during four minutes of added time.
There will be a replay for the two sides at City’s fortress, the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have won the FA Cup one time fewer than Blackburn, and will be grateful their potential for No. 6 is still alive.
All-in-all, an entertaining start to the day’s heavy FA Cup slate.
A day of Ronaldo: Real Madrid star erects statue of himself, thinks Real can win Champions League again
Dec 21, 2014, 10:21 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines twice today, for erecting a statue of himself and claiming Real Madrid could repeat in the Champions League.
Dec 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EST
The sky continues to fall in Dortmund.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:17 PM EST
Tim Howard converses about his recently released autobiography, “The Keeper.”
Dec 21, 2014, 7:40 PM EST
Jeremy Menez has done a fantastic job as AC Milan’s primary attacker, and he’s primarily aiming for the French national team call-up.
Dec 21, 2014, 6:20 PM EST
Ally McCoist has left Scottish Championship team Rangers, as the club has recognized the former star striker is now on “gardening leave.”
Dec 21, 2014, 5:30 PM EST
Catch up on Premier League Round 17 action from this Sunday.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EST
According to Brendan Rogers, Liverpool’s prime attacker, Daniel Sturridge, will make his return from a multi-month injury in early January.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:05 PM EST
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson on game-winner and Tyne-Wear derby triumphs: “Three years in a row, they must hate me here!”
Dec 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts after a 2-2 draw despite what he called “dominance” on the ball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
With polarizing halves separating the teams, Arsene Wenger said a draw was the correct result based on performance.
Dec 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to bring a grudge with him to Morocco.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
With Newcastle yielding late, Alan Pardew thinks he may have left his team a little too exposed as the clock ticked towards the final minute.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:08 PM EST
Martin Skrtel returned from a nasty injury and took full advantage of the resulting stopptage time.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
A day to forget for the American central defender in Germany’s top flight.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EST
The boyhood Newcastle fan scored at St. James Park for the third year in a row as Sunderland stole the Tyne-Wear derby late.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EST
Raheem Sterling looks to be the lone attacking option for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has left both his available strikers on the bench.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:52 AM EST
A magnetizing first touch leads to a meaningless but nonetheless beautiful goal by the man who gives us magic weekly.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
The heated Tyne-Wear derby has brought us goals and fireworks of many kinds, and will be no different today as Sunderland looks to win four in a row over Newcastle for the first time ever.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:54 PM EST
Howard doesn’t think Lampard will start the MLS season with NYCFC, although he says he should.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:51 PM EST
Doneil Henry is reportedly close to joining West Ham, which is a surprise, to say the least.
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