Man U, Blackburn draw 1-1 in League Cup semi

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Manchester United and Blackburn drew 1-1 in Wednesday's first-leg semifinal of the English League Cup.

Man U, Blackburn draw 1-1 in League Cup semi
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Louis Saha and Morten Gamst Pedersen traded goals five minutes apart in the first half and Manchester United and Blackburn drew 1-1 in Wednesday's first-leg semifinal of the English League Cup. Saha gave Manchester United the lead in the 30th minute at Blackburn, beating keeper Brad Friedel with a low shot. The goal - Saha's fifth of the season and fourth in the competition - came despite Blackburn's early dominance. Rovers tied the match five minutes later on a 15-meter strike from Pedersen, his seventh goal of the season to delight a crowd of 24,000. Full-strength team Manchester United fielded a nearly full-strength team, attempting to end a run in which it has drawn three of its last four matches. United was embarrassed in a 0-0 draw on Sunday in the FA Cup against semipro team Burton Albion. United is also smarting after being ousted from the first round of the Champions League. The match nearly exploded late in the first half when Man United's Alan Smith lunged into the back of Robbie Savage with a reckless tackle. Both benches emptied as referee Rob Styles was knocked to the ground in the incident. Smith, Wayne Rooney and Savage were booked on the play. The yellow card means Rooney will miss next week's replay against Burton Albion at Old Trafford. In the other first-leg semifinal on Tuesday, substitute Paul Scharner of Austria scored on a header in the 78th minute to give Wigan a 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The second leg of both matches will be played in two weeks. (AP)

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