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 Saturday, 14 December, 2002, 16:57 GMT
Last-gasp City sting Addicks
Nicolas Anelka (left) and Richard Rufus (right)
Anelka (left) and Rufus had some strong tussles
Charlton 2-2 Man City

Two late goals by Marc-Vivien Foe salvaged a stunning draw for Manchester City at Charlton.

After an abject first half, Charlton took what looked to be a decisive lead with strikes from Jason Euell and Claus Jensen.

But a sensational double from Foe stole a point for the visitors right at the death to keep their good run of form going.

Key Valley incidents
51: Euell scores from the spot
62: Jensen's cool finish doubles home lead
73: Foe pulls one back
87: Foe levels scores

Goals had not looked likely after a dire opening, during which a terrible tackle by Euell on Eyal Berkovic had been the pick of the action.

Fresh from back-to-back Premiership wins, both managers had cause for optimism as they took to their dugouts.

But Alan Curbishley's Charlton, in particular, lacked ambition and flair.

Opting for the deep-set defensive formation City boss Kevin Keegan favours away from home, the visitors had marginally the better of things.

Marauding striker Nicolas Anelka looked dangerous and might have done better with a snap shot.

Jason Euell
Euell put Charlton on track with a penalty

Then midfielder Foe narrowly failed to scramble the ball past Dean Kiely.

It was a full half an hour before Shaun Bartlett carved out the first reasonable chance for the Addicks.

But striker Kevin Lisbie and inspired substitute Jensen turned the game for Charlton in the second half.

Lisbie's searing pace won a penalty that Euell confidently thumped past Peter Schmeichel within a few minutes of resumption.

And ten minutes later, Lisbie laid off to Jensen who calmly slotted past City's Danish keeper to double the lead.

Charlton's cushion was soon deflated, however, when Ali Bernarbia - Keegan's own creative substitute - teed up Foe with almost his first touch.

And, after Anelka had been denied a certain penalty claim, Foe turned hero with an 87th-minute equaliser to send City fans home in raptures after a great Premiership escape.


Charlton: Kiely, Young, Rufus, Fish, Rowett, Powell (Konchesky 90), Kishishev (Jensen 46), Parker, Euell, Lisbie, Bartlett.
Subs not used: Rachubka, Svensson, Fortune. Booked: Euell, Parker.

Manchester City: Schmeichel, Dunne, Howey (Benarbia 72), Distin, Jihai, Tiatto, Berkovic, Foe, Horlock, Anelka, Goater.
Subs not used: Nash, Jensen, Wiekens, Huckerby.

Booked: Horlock.

Attendance: 26,434

Referee: D Pugh (Merseyside).

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