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Blackburn frustrate City in Cup

Agence France-Presse . London

Blackburn Rovers’ Scott Dann (bottom right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team’s equalising goal against Manchester City during their FA Cup third round match at Ewood Park on Saturday. — AP photoBlackburn Rovers’ Scott Dann (bottom right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team’s equalising goal against Manchester City during their FA Cup third round match at Ewood Park on Saturday. — AP photo

Last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists Manchester City tasted fresh disappointment in the competition on Saturday when they drew 1-1 at second-tier Blackburn Rovers in the third round.
Stunned by Wigan Athletic in last year’s final, City took the lead at Ewood Park through an Alvaro Negredo goal on the stroke of half-time, only for Scott Dann to equalise early in the second period.
City, currently second in the Premier League, also had defender Dedryck Boyata sent off late on for two bookable offences and now face an unwelcome replay against Gary Bowyer’s side.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes to his starting XI, while former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson returned for Blackburn after spending almost 12 months out due to a blood clot on his lung.
The visitors enjoyed the best of the first half but had to wait until the 45th minute to go ahead, with Negredo volleying home at the back post after Edin Dzeko headed on David Silva’s left-wing corner.
City had gone into the game on a run of seven straight wins, but they conceded an equaliser 10 minutes into the second half when Dann pounced after visiting goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon allowed Rudy Gestede’s header to bounce off his gloves.
Chris Taylor came close to putting Blackburn in front, while Robinson had to save from Dzeko and substitute Jesus Navas at the other end, before Boyata saw red following an ill-advised swipe at DJ Campbell.




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