Saturday 26 April 2003, 3:00pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Barclays Premier League
o.g. Goma 39'
Fulham FC
Boa Morte 66'

39' Own-goal

Alain Goma

4' Yellow Card

Emmanuel Petit Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Jesper Grönkjaer Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

John Terry Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eidur Gudjohnsen
Off:Jesper Grönkjaer

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jody Morris
Off:Enrique De Lucas

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mario Melchiot
Off:William Gallas

66' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

43' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Lee Clark Card was given for a foul

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Steed Malbranque

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Luis Boa Morte

Luis Boa Morte secured a valuable point in terms of both Premiership survival and pride as he scored the equaliser against West London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Alain Goma's own goal gave Chelsea a deserved half-time lead in the west London derby as he helped the ball into his own net after 37 minutes.  

But Boa Morte scored a stunning solo effort when he breezed past Marcel Desailly and fired home an angled drive after 66 minutes.  

Emmanuel Petit made a crunching fourth-minute tackle on Sean Davis and referee David Elleray showed who was boss by handing out the first booking.  

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink almost gave the home side the lead in the ninth minute when he timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and meet Zola's pass from the right flank.   

The Dutch striker nipped round Taylor but his shot was blocked on the line by a combination of Steve Finnan and Andy Melville who conceded the corner.  

The ball was played short to Hasselbaink on the right and he drove the ball dangerously across the face of the goal, but to Fulham's relief nobody could apply the finishing touch.  

Lampard looked to have won his side a 22nd-minute penalty as he went flyingunder the challenge of Davis, but Elleray awarded a corner instead.  

Fulham suddenly came to life as they worked the ball to Lee Clark down the right.   

His low cross was almost turned in by Hammond as Chelsea's defence looked exposed for the first time.  The ball was cleared only as far as Davis and he hit a 20 yard drive which flew narrowly over Carlo Cudicini's crossbar.  

Gianfranco Zola carved out another chance for Hasselbaink after 31 minutes with a cross from the left, and the striker's header sailed over the bar from six yards.  

But Chelsea's pressure finally paid off when they took the lead on 37 minutesafter winning a free kick for Malbranque's foul on Le Saux down the left.  

Zola's curling cross struck the bar and rebounded to Terry at the far post.   

He nudged the ball forward with his chest and it struck the arm of Goma beforebouncing over the line for an own goal.  

Fulham tried to respond and the lively Davis got past Desailly after 41 minutes, but he was stretching as his outstretched leg made the shot and Cudicini pounced on the ball.  

There was more bad luck for Fulham as Boa Morte showed his frustration following a challenge by Petit and was booked for dissent a minute later.  

Five minutes into the second half Lampard did well again as he fed Le Saux onthe left and his cross into the box was met by Hasselbaink's powerful header.  

But Taylor dived to his right to keep the ball out and his side in the game.  

Zola fed Hasselbaink on the left and his low cross was met by William Gallas who came up from defence and slid in on the ball.   

Taylor again made an importantstop, but the loose ball fell for Lampard who could only scoop it against the bar from point blank range.  

Gronkjaer was in hot water for a late tackle on Davis after 58 minutes and was booked - just as he was walking off to be replaced by Gudjohnsen for his 150th English league appearance.  

Gudjohnsen took up a central striking role alongside Hasselbaink with Zolatucked in behind the two, a sign that Ranieri wanted to finish off his team's dogged opponents.  

But it was Fulham who found a second wind as they broke from defence andscored a super equaliser courtesy of Boa Morte's stunning effort after 66minutes.  

The ball was worked to him by Clark and Davis on the right edge of the box and he waltzed past Desailly before cutting back and drilling a shot inside the far post to silence the home fans.  

Jody Morris should have been watching this game from the stands, but after 76 minutes he found himself introduced to the action.  

The midfielder was called on to the bench after Zenden was injured in the warm-up, and he came on to replace De Lucas.   

It was a double switch as Melchiot replaced Gallas.  

As play restarted Zola let fly from 25 yars with a shot which Taylor had totip over his bar.   The goalkeeper was soon punching clear a corner as Chelsea kept up the pressure.  Chelsea were almost undone by their former defender Jon Harley with eight minutes remaining.   

He got the better of Desailly and drilled in a low crosswhich Le Saux scrambled away.  

Coleman introduced fresh legs a minute later as Boa Morte and Malbranque were replaced by Barry Hayles and John Collins.  

Collins almost snatched all three points in injury time with a curling effort which shaved the bar, and then Gudjohnsen raced upfield and sent his effort narrowly wide.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 26 April 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,792

Referee: David Elleray


Line-up: Cudicini; Gallas (Melchiot 72'), Desailly, Terry, Le Saux; Grönkjaer (Gudjohnsen 59'), Lampard, Petit, De Lucas (Morris 72'); Zola, Hasselbaink

Unused substitutes: de Goey, Carlton Cole


Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Harley; Malbranque (Hayles 83'), Legwinski, Clark, Davis, Boa Morte (Collins 83'); Hammond

Unused substitutes: Van der Sar, Knight, Sava

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 35 74
2 Arsenal 35 72
3 Newcastle United 36 65
4 Chelsea 36 64
5 Liverpool 36 64
6 Everton 36 59
7 Blackburn Rovers 36 56
8 Tottenham Hotspur 35 50
9 Charlton Athletic 36 49
10 Southampton 35 48
11 Manchester City 35 48
12 Birmingham City 36 47
13 Middlesbrough 36 46
14 Aston Villa 36 42
15 Fulham 36 42
16 Leeds United 36 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 36 40
18 West Ham United 35 35
19 West Bromwich Albion 36 24
20 Sunderland 36 19
Chelsea (4-4-2)
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 3William Gallas
  • Marcel Desailly
  • 26John Terry
  • 3Graeme Le Saux
  • Jesper Grönkjaer
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • Emmanuel Petit
  • Enrique De Lucas
  • Gianfranco Zola
  • 18Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  • Ed de Goey
  • 25Mario Melchiot
  • 20Jody Morris
  • 9Carlton Cole
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 26Jon Harley
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Lee Clark
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 34Elvis Hammond
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 10John Collins
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 15Barry Hayles