Football: Newell on song for Europe

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BLACKBURN ROVERS struck a rousing chorus last night that, last lines permitting, could yet become a song for Europe; this victory, their seventh in nine games, increases the chances of their passport to the Uefa Cup.

It is by no means clear-cut. Their first taste of European competition is dependent on Rovers beating Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, Norwich losing at Middlesbrough and Arsenal winning the FA Cup.

Rovers were magnificent and with a fit Alan Shearer restored to their line-up they will take some stopping next time. They pursued their three-point quarry with the spring and enthusiasm of players about to embark on their year's work, never mind about to bring it to a close.

In the 23rd minute Mike Newell climbed unchallenged to head home Stuart Ripley's cross. He was to take advantage again 10 minutes into the second half when Stuart Nethercott was hustled out of possession and Graeme Le Saux sprinted away to set up his 21st of the campaign. Three minutes from time Darren Anderton scored but it flattered the home side.

'The players' attitude has been superb all season. They have given the town a team to be proud of,' Dalglishsaid, straining to look satisfied.

Tottenham Hotspur: Walker; Nethercott (Hodges, 58), Van Den Hauwe, Samways, Mabbutt, Ruddock, Sedgley, Turner (Hill, 58), Anderton, Sheringham, Allen. Substitute not used: Dearden (gk).

Blackburn Rovers: Mimms; Marker, Le Saux, Sherwood, Hendry, Cowans, Ripley, Atkins, Gallacher, Newell, Wilcox. Substitutes not used: Andersson, Dobson, Talia (gk).

Referee: K Morton (Suffolk).

Juventus won 3-1 at Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the first leg of the Uefa Cup final last night. Michael Rummenigge put the Germans into the lead after two minutes, but a goal from Dino Baggio and two from Roberto Baggio gave Juventus victory.