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The BBC's Andrew Jones
"Leboeuf inflicted his own beef ban"
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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 20:26 GMT
Flo saves ten-man Chelsea
Campbell is watched by Ferrer during a fiery battle at Goodison

Everton 1-1 Chelsea

Tore Andre Flo scored with the last kick of this battle of the Blues at Goodison, despite Frank Leboeuf being sent off.

Kevin Campbell had scored the opener in the first half after a defensive mix-up involving Marcel Desailly.


The defender had barely touched the attacker, and that card wasn't deserved.
Gianluca Vialli on Leboeuf
And the Frenchman's compatriot Leboeuf was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second period.

But Everton were undone by their own defenders who repeatedly failed to clear after a through ball from Celestine Babayaro.

And Flo was in the right place to fire home in a depressing end for the home fans.

Mark Pembridge and Albert Ferrer
It was a deserved draw for the Londoners, who had been reduced to ten by Leboeuf's 57th-minute red card but courageously took the game to their hosts.

It did not help that they lost Gabriele Ambrosetti after just 80 seconds with a hamstring injury, with Roberto di Matteo an early substitute.

Di Matteo almost made a goal for Tore Andre Flo within seconds of his introduction, and Paul Gerrard made a fine save when the Norwegian was clear.

But Everton surged forward and their opener came in the 15th minute with Campbell's eighth goal of the season.

Match facts
15 mins: Campbell strikes
57: Leboeuf is off
90: Flo's last kick is crucial
Alex Cleland and Nick Barmby set up the chance, Jeffers controlled the ball and fed Kevin Campbell, and the big striker drilled home a low shot to give Everton a deserved lead.

Desailly had been caught ball-watching and was unable to recover in time to stop the striker.

Dan Petrescu then crossed from the right and Flo sent in a powerful close range header that Gerrard brilliantly saved to his left.

But it was Everton who were gaining the initiative and only a fine interception by Ferrer stopped Campbell when Jeffers put him clear.

Gianfranco Zola got into the action after the break as a substitute for Petrescu as Chelsea sought to impose themselves on the game.


It was bitterly disappointing for us to give away a goal like that in injury time.
Everton's Walter Smith
But the tackles were flying in all around, and eventually someone was going to pay.

Leboeuf was the man who did so, as Chelsea received a third red card on Merseyside this season to follow two at Anfield.

A challenge from behind cut down Barmby, and Chelsea were enraged at the decision.

Chelsea left two up front, played three across the back, and fought for everything.

Everton looked increasingly shaky, and only a remarkable saving tackle by Richard Dunne stopped Zola in full flight in the box.

Everton were defending too deep, and when Cleland made the ultimate error after a dreadful mix-up two minutes into injury time, the big Norwegian finished sweetly.

Teams:

Everton: Gerrard, Unsworth, Gough, Dunne, Cleland, Barmby, Hutchison, Pembridge, Xavier, Jeffers, Campbell. Subs: Ball, Collins, Gemmill, Grant, Simonsen.

Chelsea: De Goey, Babayaro, Desailly, Leboeuf, Ferrer, Ambrosetti, Deschamps, Morris, Petrescu, Flo, Sutton. Subs: Hogh, Di Matteo, Cudicini, Zola, Harley.

Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City
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