A late Ruben Rochina strike ensured Blackburn left Elland Road with a point as an entertaining encounter with Leeds ended in a draw.

Rovers, who handed a start to new £8m striker Jordan Rhodes, were 2-0 up after 30 minutes with goals from Marcus Olsson and Nuno Gomes.

Former Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf pulled one back before Ross McCormack equalised in the 56th minute.

Luciano Becchio then gave Leeds the lead before Rochina struck for a point.

Blackburn's new signing Rhodes was put straight into the first 11 after moving from Huddersfield on Thursday, with two-goal striker Colin Kazim-Richards out injured.

However, it was a long-serving Blackburn player who had a key role in the visitors taking the lead as Morten Gamst Pedersen threaded through a 19th minute pass for Olsson to run on to and he drove a first-time effort across Paddy Kenny and into the net.

Eight minutes later and it was 2-0 as this time Olsson found former Portugal striker Gomes, who made no mistake to score his second goal in four games.

Diouf, fresh from signing a contract that will keep him at Leeds until January, grabbed a lifeline for Leeds four minutes before the break, smashing home at the back post after Blackburn failed to clear.

Leeds were level 11 minutes into the second half when McCormack chased Adam Drury's pass before volleying beyond former Leeds keeper Paul Robinson.

It got even better for the hosts with 65 minutes gone as Becchio nodded home his fifth of the season, with the Blackburn defence again caught flatfooted.

That was not the end of the drama, though, as Blackburn secured a point when Rochina finished from close range with six minutes remaining.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean:

"It was a roller-coaster game and looking back we will think it was a decent point, but at two up we were in total control.

"If we had gone in two goals up at half-time I think we would have won but full credit to Leeds. They had a real go.

"We have gone four league games unbeaten which is a solid start."

Leeds manager Neil Warnock:

"The game was a good advert for the Championship but we were disappointed that the referee gave a free-kick against Tom Lees when [Morten Gamst] Pedersen backed into him in the build-up to their third.

"It was disappointing to be denied a win by a decision like that but I am so proud of my team for battling back from two down."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Leeds

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 03 Drury Booked
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 08 Austin
  • 11 Varney Booked (Byram - 90' )
  • 19 Norris
  • 21 Diouf
  • 10 Becchio
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 06 Kisnorbo
  • 14 White
  • 17 Brown
  • 25 Byram
  • 20 Gray
  • 26 Poleon

Blackburn

  • 01 Robinson
  • 05 Givet
  • 14 Ms Olsson
  • 16 Dann (G Hanley - 10' Booked )
  • 32 Ribeiro
  • 10 Formica Booked (Lowe - 55' )
  • 12 Pedersen
  • 13 Murphy
  • 18 Etuhu Booked
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 21 Nuno Gomes (Rochina - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Orr
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 06 Lowe
  • 17 Jorge
  • 19 Edinho Junior
  • 23 Rochina
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 24,411

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

8 8

Corners

5 9

Fouls

20 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:48 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:38

Close range shot by El-Hadji Diouf misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +3:34 Substitution

Substitution Luke Varney goes off and Samuel Byram comes on.

90:00 +3:20

Shot from close range by Dickson Etuhu misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +0:57

Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Markus Olsson. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

87:52

Ross McCormack challenges Jason Lowe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

86:18

Rodolph Austin challenges Ruben Rochina unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

85:24

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

85:24 Booking

Booking The referee shows Dickson Etuhu a yellow card.

85:19

Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf.

84:13

Rodolph Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

83:01

Grant Hanley provided the assist for the goal.

83:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Ruben Rochina - Leeds 3 - 3 Blackburn A goal is scored by Ruben Rochina from close range low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 3-3 Blackburn.

82:36

Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line,

82:09

Tom Lees challenges Ruben Rochina unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

80:40

Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

80:16

David Norris challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

79:37

Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.

77:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Dickson Etuhu. A cross is delivered by Ross McCormack, Header by El-Hadji Diouf from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

74:32 Substitution

Substitution Ruben Rochina comes on in place of Miguel Nuno Gomes.

73:40

Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.

71:42

Markus Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

71:00

Shot from just outside the box by Miguel Nuno Gomes goes over the target.

69:52

Shot by Ross McCormack from 20 yards. Save by Paul Robinson.

68:31

Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Patrick Kenny.

66:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Danny Murphy. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ross McCormack from right channel, Unfair challenge on Grant Hanley by Jason Pearce results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

64:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Luciano Becchio - Leeds 3 - 2 Blackburn Luciano Becchio finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Leeds 3-2 Blackburn.

64:23

Free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.

64:23 Booking

Booking The referee shows Grant Hanley a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

64:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Grant Hanley.

63:22

Shot from just outside the box by David Norris goes over the bar.

63:01

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

62:48

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short.

60:00

Effort from outside the penalty area by Luke Varney goes wide left of the target.

59:43

Danny Murphy challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Drury takes the direct free kick.

57:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Miguel Nuno Gomes. The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Header from close range by Rodolph Austin misses to the right of the target.

55:40

Adam Drury provided the assist for the goal.

55:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross McCormack - Leeds 2 - 2 Blackburn A goal is scored by Ross McCormack from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Leeds 2-2 Blackburn.

54:28 Substitution

Substitution Jason Lowe comes on in place of Mauro Formica.

52:38

El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, save made by Paul Robinson.

51:42

Danny Murphy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

51:15

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tom Lees.

50:27

Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.

49:47

Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Peltier. Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.

48:59

Foul by Ross McCormack on Dickson Etuhu, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Patrick Kenny.

47:57

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, clearance made by Jason Pearce. Effort on goal by Danny Murphy from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

45:29

Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney. Ross McCormack delivers the ball, Jason Pearce has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +4:36 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +4:09

The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

45:00 +3:37

Mauro Formica is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Adam Drury.

45:00 +1:37

Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +1:37 Booking

Booking Luke Varney is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:26

Foul by Luke Varney on Jordan Rhodes, free kick awarded.

45:00 +0:40

Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lee Peltier, save made by Paul Robinson.

44:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

42:06

Miguel Nuno Gomes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Peltier. Ross McCormack produces a cross, El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.

40:45 Goal scored

Goal! - El-Hadji Diouf - Leeds 1 - 2 Blackburn A goal is scored by El-Hadji Diouf from close range low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Blackburn.

39:34

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Bruno Ribeiro, the ref awards a free kick. Ross McCormack crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

37:13

Foul by Bruno Ribeiro on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Drury, Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

36:10

Corner from right by-line taken by Ross McCormack.

33:30

Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Adam Drury makes a clearance. Danny Murphy challenges Luciano Becchio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Drury takes the free kick.

33:30 Booking

Booking Adam Drury is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

33:20

Mauro Formica fouled by Adam Drury, the ref awards a free kick.

31:06

The ball is crossed by Mauro Formica.

30:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Markus Olsson by Tom Lees. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

29:19

Luciano Becchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Hanley. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

28:01 Booking

Booking Mauro Formica is shown a yellow card.

26:31

Markus Olsson provided the assist for the goal.

26:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Miguel Nuno Gomes - Leeds 0 - 2 Blackburn A goal is scored by Miguel Nuno Gomes from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Blackburn.

25:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Dickson Etuhu. Adam Drury crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

23:53

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post.

23:22

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Jason Pearce.

21:42

Foul by David Norris on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

20:55

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

18:46

Assist by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

18:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Markus Olsson - Leeds 0 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by Markus Olsson from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Blackburn.

17:21

Drilled right-footed shot by Rodolph Austin. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.

13:13

Rodolph Austin challenges Miguel Nuno Gomes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

12:16

Miguel Nuno Gomes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.

12:05

Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

10:03

Markus Olsson produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

9:24

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.

9:24 Substitution

Substitution Scott Dann goes off and Grant Hanley comes on.

6:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by El-Hadji Diouf. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Luke Varney. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Adam Drury makes a clearance.

5:30

Markus Olsson challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Peltier restarts play with the free kick.

4:41

Miguel Nuno Gomes produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

3:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by David Norris. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

2:33

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

1:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Norris by Mauro Formica. Free kick taken by Adam Drury.

0:40

Corner taken by Ross McCormack, Dickson Etuhu manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game begins.

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