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Zamora's late, late show for Capello

Bobby Zamora scores a dramatic late winner in front of Fabio Capello, the England coach, as Fulham came from behind to edge a scrappy clash with Birmingham.

LONDON // Bobby Zamora scored a dramatic late winner in front of Fabio Capello, the England coach, as Fulham came from behind to edge a scrappy Premier League clash with Birmingham yesterday. Zamora struck a beautiful free-kick in the 90th minute to claim his 15th goal in 32 starts, provoking chants of "Bobby for England". An inexplicable own goal from Chris Baird had given Birmingham the lead. Lee Bowyer sent in a cross to the far post when Baird, under little pressure, inexplicably directed an unstoppable header past Mark Schwarzer into his own net.

The goal capped an impressive start by Birmingham but Fulham were in control of the contest by the end of the half. Their equaliser eventually arrived in the 60th minute with Damien Duff driving home a brilliant goal that came just moments after he had been hacked down twice by clumsy challenges. Zoltan Gera was then felled by an outrageous bodycheck from Stephen Carr and Zamora thumped home the free-kick in the last minute to clinch victory.

* PA Sport