Rovers defeat Pune FC 3-0 in exhibition match

October 7th, 2011 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Pune, Oct 7 (IANS) English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers scored a facile 3-0 win over local side Pune FC in an exhibition football match amidst incessant rain here Friday.

Rovers’ visit is the first by an English Premier League side on Indian soil.

Jason Roberts scored twice, once in each half, and Spaniard Ruben Rochina netted one against a 10-man Pune side in front of some 6,000 fans at Balewadi Sports Complex here.

Rovers, owned by Pune-based poultry firm Venky’s, were without nine regulars including Martin Olsson and Radosav Petrovic, who are on international duties this week.

The Pune side showed solid defence to reduce the margin of defeat. The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 15th minute as Anas Edathodika was sent off after two yellow cards for tackles on Junior Hoilett and Rochina.

Rovers took the lead in the 35th minute and Rochina soon made it 2-0 with a powerful left-footer. Roberts scored the third goal when he tapped a loose ball in the 76th minute.

The win must have given some cheer to Rovers, who are languishing second-last in the Premier League after losing five of their opening seven matches.

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