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Sunday, August 15, 1999 Published at 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK


Sinclair does it again

Frank Sinclair scores another last-gasp own goal

Leicester 2-2 Chelsea

Frank Sinclair headed in a last-minute own goal for the second successive week in a thrilling Filbert Street finish.


BBC Radio's David Oakes: "For the second week on the trot Framk Sinclair headed into his own net"
Sinclair headed past his own keeper to earn Arsenal a last gasp winner against Martin O'Neill's side on the opening day of the new Premiership season.

Again he had Lady Luck against him when, under pressure from Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise, he headed past Tim Flowers and there was barely time for the game to restart before the final whistle.

Leicester thought they had won it when Muzzy Izzet scored from the spot after Albert Ferrer fouled Emile Heskey.


[ image: Emile Heskey scores the Foxes first goal]
Emile Heskey scores the Foxes first goal
Heskey drove City ahead on 10 minutes with his first strike in nine months.

But Wise equalised in the 48th minute from Ferrer's cross.

Leicester had dealt a massive blow to Chelsea's title dreams last season when they recovered from a two goal deficit to draw at Stamford Bridge and they again made life difficult for Gianluca Vialli's side.

Izzet and Neil Lennon performed well in the centre of the park while Flowers showed he is in form.

But Chelsea produced most of the flair and guile with their multi-million pound foreign legion and in the second half the home side were subjected to a fierce onslaught.

Leicester began confidently and Heskey gave them a dream start with his tenth minute strike, although the build-up was fortunate.

Izzet sent in an optimistic effort from 30 yards out but the ball struck Heskey and then dropped invitingly into his path.

The big striker needed no second invitation and his low effort from 15 yards out flew past the despairing dive of Chelsea 'keeper Ed De Goey.


[ image: Neil Lennon escapes Dennis Wise's attentions]
Neil Lennon escapes Dennis Wise's attentions
Heskey could have given Leicester breathing space later in the half but Chelsea gradually started to turn the screw with Gustavo Poyet posing plenty of problems.

Tim Flowers saved well from Tore Andre Flo and Celestine Babayaro but should have been given no chance when Poyet crashed a shot against the bar.

Chelsea were soon into their stride in the second period - and needed only three minutes to get back on level terms.

Gianfranco Zola found Ferrer in space on the right flank and Wise was on hand to head home at the far post.

Bjarne Goldbaek began peppering in the shots on the Leicester goal with Flowers parrying away one effort but powerless to stop another blockbuster which rattled the crossbar.

Leicester were restricted more and more to the occasional breakaway but Andrew Impey came close to putting his side back in front when his cross-shot thumped against a post.

Then De Goey earned his wages when he tipped over a header from Leicester substitute Ian Marshall.

He even managed to get his hand to the Izzet penalty but could not prevent it from entering the corner of the net before Sinclair unwittingly rescued a point for the visitors.

Teams:

Leicester: Flowers, Sinclair, Taggart, Izzet, Lennon, Heskey, Guppy, Savage, Elliott, Impey, Cottee. Subs: Gilchrist, Marshall, Arphexad, Oakes, Zagorakis.

Chelsea: De Goey, Petrescu, Babayaro, Hogh, Leboeuf, Poyet, Wise, Le Saux, Ferrer, Flo, Zola. Subs: Sutton, Goldbaek, Nicholls, Cudicini, Percassi.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)



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