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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Leicester continue Chelsea's Blues
Leicester celebrations
Leicester players celebrate their first goal
Chelsea 0-2 Leicester

Chelsea fans chanted Gianluca Vialli's name after watching their team get comprehensively beaten by Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues team was selected by Graeme Rix and Ray Wilkins as new manager Claudio Ranieri looked on from the stands.

He can't have been encouraged by what he saw, because Chelsea struggled to make any inroads against a well-organised Leicester side.

The Foxes deservedly won through goals from Muzzy Izzet and substitute Stan Collymore at either end of the match.

They went ahead after just seven minutes.

Neil Lennon crossed from the right and Izzet headed powerfully past Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini from 10 yards out.

Easily contained

The goal seemed to dent Chelsea's confidence and Leicester easily contained them for most of the half.

Their central midfield of Robbie Savage, Izzet and Lennon refused to allow their counterparts to settle and Matt Elliott marshalled the Foxes' defence excellently.

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri watched from the stands

Temperatures were raised mid-way through the half when several players were involved in a spat inside the centre circle following an altercation between Wise and Izzet.

Both players were booked by referee Poll.

Chelsea were largely restricted to long range efforts as they failed to create chances.

There's a great spirit at Leicester and that's down to the players. They're a great bunch and it's a very happy place to be at the moment
  Peter Taylor

After 34 minutes, Zola teed up Wise, who tried to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner from about 20 yards out, only to see it easily gathered by Flowers.

The mood of the crowd was lifted near half-time when Hasselbaink embarked on a speedy, jinking run, only to dispatch a weak shot well wide of the post.

Killer second

On the stroke of half-time the Dutchman was booked after berating the referee for refusing his penalty claims.

Chelsea were much improved after the break and dominated possession.

Only moments after the restart Flo neatly flicked the ball over Leicester's defence and found himself clear in the area, but shot weakly at Flowers.

Di Matteo then hit a rasping half-volley which Leicester's keeper acrobatically turned round the post.

And Chelsea could not understand how they hadn't scored after 63 minutes, when Hasselbaink headed an inviting Le Saux cross against the bar.

Mr Ranieri certainly wouldn't have been satisfied with a lot of things that happened out there today
  Ray Wilkins
Chelsea coach
But despite this dominance, Leicester should have doubled their advantage soon afterwards.

Guppy curled in a ball from the left and Elliott headed wide of the post from inside the six yard box.

But they did manage to get the killer second just minutes later.

Substitute Collymore, who had earlier miscued a good opportunity, slid in on the edge of the six yard box to fire in a Guppy cross.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Panucci, Desailly, Bogarde, Hasselbaink, Wise, Le Saux, Di Matteo, Flo, Morris, Zola.
Subs: Hitchcock, Melchiot, Gudjohnsen, Terry, Harley.

Leicester: Flowers, Rowett, Izzet, Lennon, R. Savage, Eadie, Guppy, Gilchrist, Elliott, Akinbiyi, Impey.
Subs: Sinclair, Collymore, Royce, Davidson, Cresswell.

Referee: G Barber (Tring)

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