Football: Flo the Leveller Leaves Everton Stunned ; Everton 1 Campbell 15 Chelsea 1 Flo 90 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 38,225
Drury, Peter, The Independent (London, England)
CONQUERING THE Continent is one thing. For Chelsea, at the moment, thriving on the home front appears more complicated altogether.
Feyenoord visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, joining Gianluca Vialli's side at the Champions' League gourmet feast to which only Europe's notional top 16 are invited. Such sumptuous circumstances contrast markedly with yesterday's events at Goodison, where Chelsea were grateful for the scrap of a single point, garnered for them in the last seconds of added time by their Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo.
Two extra minutes had been indicated by the fourth official; 80 seconds of that time had elapsed. Then Jes Hogh, a late second-half substitute, bulldozed stubbornly to the byline and, amid panicky Evertonian defending, located Flo, who rifled in the equaliser with relieved delirium.
For Everton - whose supporters were relishing the prospect of leapfrogging their visitors and consolidating a top 10 position - it was a stunning, silencing disappointment. They now have not won any of their six games since the derby victory at Anfield in September.
It would be unfair to describe Chelsea's escape as lucky. Their determination to invent and improvise in the face of a sequence of disruptive events did them credit.
From the start, the fates appeared to conspire against them. Spookily echoing the international problem du jour, Chelsea wasted no time in acquiring a problem down their left flank. Just 30 seconds into the game Gabriele Ambrosetti pulled up lame and, though his replacement Roberto di Matteo turned out to be one of the game's foremost creative forces, it was down that side that Everton fashioned their goal.
Alex Cleland, overlapping adventurously from full-back, engineered sufficient space to locate Francis Jeffers with a low cross. …