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Blackburn Hopes for an FA Cup Shocker When They Face Arsenal in Saturday Semifinal; Live Coverage Begins at 7 a.m. ET On Fox Soccer Channel


LOS ANGELES--April 13, 2005--Itís been over 75 years since Blackburn Rovers brought the FA Cup trophy home to Ewood Park. On Saturday, Blackburn will clash with Arsene Wenger and his Gunners, who are playing in their fifth consecutive FA Cup semifinal, at Cardiffís Millennium Stadium. Fox Soccer Channel will have live, exclusive coverage of Saturdayís much anticipated match starting at 7 a.m. ET.

Arsenalís Freddie Ljungberg helped his team advance to the semifinals by scoring his third FA Cup goal this season, giving the Gunners a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, who were playing a man down for all but 10 minutes of their quarterfinal match. The North London side heads into Saturdayís battle against Blackburn with a long and successful FA Cup history, having won the trophy nine times, including back-to-back triumphs in 2002 and 2003. Arsenal hopes to erase the memories of last yearís heart-breaking defeat at the hands of Manchester United in their classic semifinal clash.

Blackburn Rovers qualified for the semifinals after a dramatic 1-0 victory over Leicester City. In the 82nd minute, Blackburn was awarded a questionable penalty, and Paul Dickov converted to give his team the victory against his old club.

Who: Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers

What: The 2005 FA Cup Semifinals

When: Saturday, April 16 live at 7 a.m. ET; repeats at 5 p.m. ET

Where: Fox Soccer Channel

How: Fox Soccer Channel is available through affiliated cable
systems, and through DirecTV and Dish Network satellite
providers. For more information, visit Fox Soccer Channel
online at, presented by MSN.


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