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Blackburn Rovers

  • Morten Gamst Pedersen 25'
  • Jason Roberts 48'
  • Benedict McCarthy 54'
  • Christopher Samba 55'

4 - 0


2nd leg: 6 - 0 (Agg)

Blackburn 4-0 FK Vetra

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes saw his side secure a place in the UEFA Cup on the day he signed Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.

The pressure is on the other strikers to deliver now the Paraguay international has set up camp at Ewood Park.

Blackburn scored goals for fun in this Intertoto Cup third round tie but it is

doubtful if they will enjoy such an easy ride in the coming season.

The Lithuanian team were outclassed after being reduced to 10 men before half


Blackburn romped home and clinched a place in the second qualifying round of

the UEFA Cup thanks to goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jason Roberts,

Christopher Samba and Benni McCarthy.

• Rovers bag Santa Cruz, earn Euro spot

Hughes made one change to the side that recorded a 2-0 victory in Lithuania

last week with midfielder Aaron Mokoena replacing Tugay.

Blackburn ran the game from the start and McCarthy had a good chance of

opening the scoring in the 15th minute only to hook his effort across the face

of the goal.

Then a minute later the highly-rated South African dragged his shot wide of

the target.

However the visitors almost pulled a goal back in the 23rd minute when

Severino was left unmarked at the back post.

But the Brazilian failed to test goalkeeper Brad Friedel much to Blackburn's


That acted as a wake-up call and Pedersen opened the scoring in the 25th

minute when he powered home a cross from David Bentley.

Bentley tried his luck in the 36th minute only for goalkeeper Vaidas Zutautas

to make a clean save.

Vetra's troubles increased in the 40th minute when they were reduced to 10 men

with Dejan Miloseski sent off for two yellow cards.

Blackburn needed only three minutes of the second half to make it 2-0 on the

day and 4-0 on aggregate.

Pedersen skipped to the byline and delivered a ball to the back post where

Jason Roberts was waiting.

He made no mistake against a depleted Vetra side, who looked short on


Blackburn stepped up the pace and extended their advantage with two goals in

quick succession.

McCarthy showed superb skill to score from inside the area in the 54th


Then 60 seconds later Christopher Samba got on the end of a Pedersen free kick

to head past Zutautas and put Blackburn 6-0 ahead on aggregate.

Substitute Matt Derbyshire should have added a fifth but saw his shot blocked

in the 68th minute as Blackburn ran out easy winners.

  • Rovers bag Santa Cruz, earn Euro spot

    Mark Hughes believes Blackburn's increased profile enabled them to sign striker Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.

    The Paraguay international starts work on Monday after signing a four-year deal with Rovers in a transfer thought to be worth £3.5million.

    Santa Cruz, 25, joins a club who can look forward to UEFA Cup football after

    defeating FK Vetra 4-0 on the day, and 6-0 on aggregate, in the third and final

    round of the Intertoto Cup.

    Hughes won the race to secure the player's signature ahead of a number of top

    European clubs.

    And the Blackburn boss said: 'We should not underestimate the football


    'People are beginning to understand what we are trying to do here. Word gets

    around and that gives you a foot in the door.

    'Obviously the deal has to be right for the individual and the club. I am

    sure Roque will enjoy the day-to-day working here.

    'I am delighted to get him. He brings quality and great technical ability. He

    is going to complement the very good strikers I have here.

    'Competition is always good. I am very excited at what is in store.'

    Blackburn romped home against the Lithuanian side thanks to goals from Morten

    Gamst Pedersen, Jason Roberts, Christopher Samba and Benni McCarthy to clinch a

    place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.

    The victory capped a superb day at the office for Hughes, who said: 'The tie

    was over after the first goal.

    'We had a good workout in the second half and I am delighted with the number

    of goals we scored.

    'The key was the quality and the service into the box from wide areas. That

    was the difference.'