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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa's side held in pre-season friendly as defender Pascal Struijk levels late on after Connor McBride had fired the hosts ahead

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-07-28

Marcelo Bielsa’s side began their pre-season preparations with a draw at Championship Blackburn on Wednesday night.

Connor McBride put the hosts ahead with a deflected free-kick in the second-half but defender Pascal Struijk levelled for the Whites.

Bielsa had watched an under-23 side claim a 3-2 victory at non-league Guisley on Tuesday night but this was the first sign of action for the first-team.

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Leeds defender Pascal Struijk (right) celebrates scoring the equaliser against Blackburn

John Buckley forced a smart save from Illan Meslier, while Raphinha has an effort from range held by Kaminski.

The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute by McBride, a few minutes after coming on as a substitute.

His free-kick from just outside the area deflected off the wall and wrong-footed goalkeeper Meslier.

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Connor McBride put the hosts ahead with a deflected free-kick in the second-half

Leeds levelled eight minutes later.

Luke Ayling ran down the wing and picked out Struijk, who stroked home into the back of the net with a slight deflection.

Around 5,000 Leeds fans made the trip to Ewood Park for the friendly.

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Leeds United's Jack Harrison (left) battles for the ball with Ryan Nyambe of Blackburn

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