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FULL TIME: Leeds United 3 Blackburn Rovers 3
RUBEN Rochina salvaged a Championship point for Blackburn Rovers this afternoon after they threw away a 2-0 lead.
The Spaniard brilliantly back-heeled an equaliser with six minutes remaining after Rovers had collapsed after a bright start at Leeds.
Marcus Olsson had inspired Blackburn Rovers into a half time lead at Leeds United – although El-Hadji Diouf's controversial late striker gave the hosts hope.
Rovers' Swede opened the scoring on 19 minutes before creating Nuno Gomes' second eight minutes later, as Rovers started brilliantly.
Leeds pulled a goal back on 41 though as Diouf tapped home from close range, with Paul Robinson adamant he was fouled.
Ross McCormack levelled soon after the break with Luciano Becchio heading the hosts into a deserved lead, until substitute Rochina struck late on.
Rovers started brightly with Nuno Gomes volleying wide in the first few minutes.
The visitors should have been ahead on seven minutes as Gomes' clever pull back found Morten Gamst Pedersen unmarked 10 yards from goal, but his shot was parried wide by Paddy Kenny.
Gael Givet and Gomes then had shots blocked during a goalmouth scramble as Leeds struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Rodolph Austin did see a powerful 30-yard strike test Robinson on 17 but Rovers were deservedly ahead just a couple of minutes later.
Pedersen played Olsson down the left and the Swede raced down the flank before cutting in and firing the ball into the bottom corner.
Rovers doubled their lead on 27, as Olsson again took advantage of the acres of space down the left flank, latching on to another pass from Pedersen.
This time the Swede squared to Gomes on the edge of the penalty area and he comfortably stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
The hosts found a way back into the game in a controversial manner on 41 as Robinson went down under the challenge of Becchio, allowing Diouf to tap home.
The former Rovers winger almost levelled a minute later, his header being brilliantly tipped over by Robinson.
Leeds were level 10 minutes into the second half. A long ball from Adam Drury was missed by Gael Givet , who appeared to be pushed, and McCormack was on hand to volley home.
Leeds were now in control as they pushed forward for the lead with Becchio seeing a close range header blocked by Murphy on the line.
They were ahead on 65 though as Diouf's cross was only partially cleared and Becchio was on hand to head home from close range.
Rovers were being completely over run, with Leeds looking like they were going to score with every attack.
The visitors were level against the run of play on 84 as Pedersen's corner found its way to Ruben Rochina, who brilliantly back-heeled the ball into the net.
In the dying seconds Diouf missed a sitter from close range as Rovers grimly hungon for a point.
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