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Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers LIVE: Championship result, final score and reaction

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Follow live coverage as Birmingham City face Blackburn Rovers in the Championship today.

An increasingly competitive second tier in English football remains an intense and exciting competition, with the prize of a place in the Premier League on offer at the end of the season.

Last year Southampton, Leicester City and Leeds United were relegated from the top flight and all are hopeful of making a quick return - but the likes of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland all have real promotion ambitions too.

At the other end of the table, QPR, Cardiff City and Birmingham City will hope for better campaigns than last year’s relegation struggle - while newcomers Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to survive after dramatic progress through the play-offs.

Follow live updates from today’s game in the live blog below.

Birmingham City FC 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers FC

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:45

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:44

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:44

Attempt saved. Semir Telalovic (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arnór Sigurdsson with a headed pass.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:43

Foul by Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:43

Sondre Tronstad (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:40

Jordan James (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:38

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:37

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Semir Telalovic is caught offside.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:37

Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:35

Foul by Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:35

Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:34

Foul by Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:32

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Arnór Sigurdsson replaces Kyle McFadzean.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:32

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Semir Telalovic replaces Sam Gallagher.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:32

Substitution, Birmingham City. Keshi Anderson replaces Tyler Roberts.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:28

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:27

Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:26

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:26

Attempt blocked. Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:26

Attempt blocked. Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:23

Attempt missed. Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:21

Attempt missed. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Siriki Dembélé.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:21

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Andrew Moran replaces Tyrhys Dolan.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:21

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor O'Riordan replaces Ryan Hedges.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:20

Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:19

Attempt missed. Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:18

Attempt missed. Cody Drameh (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:16

Substitution, Birmingham City. Siriki Dembélé replaces Koji Miyoshi.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:16

Substitution, Birmingham City. Juninho Bacuna replaces Paik Seung-Ho.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:13

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:13

Foul by Ethan Laird (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:13

Foul by Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:13

Attempt blocked. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paik Seung-Ho.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:09

Attempt saved. Ryan Hedges (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Hyam.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:06

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Cody Drameh.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:05

Offside, Birmingham City. Andre Dozzell is caught offside.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:04

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Hedges.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:03

Dominic Hyam (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:01

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:01

Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:00

Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

21:00

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andre Dozzell with a cross following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:58

Jake Garrett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:57

Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:58

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sammie Szmodics following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:57

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:57

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:57

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Brittain.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:54

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:36

First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:36

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sondre Tronstad.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:34

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:33

Offside, Birmingham City. Jay Stansfield is caught offside.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:32

Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:32

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paik Seung-Ho.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:30

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Garrett.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:29

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jordan James.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:28

Attempt saved. Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:25

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:25

Foul by Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:25

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jake Garrett replaces Joe Rankin-Costello because of an injury.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:23

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) hits the woodwork with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:22

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:19

Delay in match because of an injury Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:16

Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:14

Offside, Birmingham City. Jordan James is caught offside.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:14

Attempt missed. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:13

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sammie Szmodics.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:11

Jordan James (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:09

Attempt missed. Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Koji Miyoshi.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:09

Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:07

Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Koji Miyoshi with a through ball.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:06

Hand ball by Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:05

Attempt missed. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:05

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:05

Attempt blocked. Ryan Hedges (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammie Szmodics.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:05

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paik Seung-Ho with a cross following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:03

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Chrisene.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:03

Foul by Sondre Tronstad (Blackburn Rovers).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:03

Attempt missed. Ryan Hedges (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Brittain with a cross.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

20:00

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:58

Attempt saved. Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:57

Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:55

Foul by Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:53

Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:49

First Half begins.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

19:15

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

18:45

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