Leeds produced a rousing display to dump Everton out of the Capital One Cup on a breathless night at Elland Road.
Rodolph Austin delivered the knockout blow from close range 20 minutes from time, after Aidan White had given Leeds a dream start after four minutes.
Sylvain Distin pulled a goal back with a towering header nine minutes from time and Nikica Jelavic went close as Everton finally found their rhythm.
But Leeds stood firm to spark wild celebrations at the final whistle.
Leeds roll back the years
- Leeds have now won all three of their League Cup ties with Everton (the other two in December 1991 and January 1978)
- This was the first meeting between the sides since a 1-1 Premier League draw at Elland Road in April 2004.
- Neil Warnock's side had been knocked out of the competition by Premier League opposition on each of the last seven occasions before tonight.
Everton manager David Moyes wore a look of disbelief at the final whistle, having made six changes from the side that beat Swansea so convincingly on Saturday.
And while the Scot may have questioned the commitment of his players, he could not dispute the result on a night when Leeds tackled, battled, denied space and dominated territory to reach the fourth round of the competition for only the second time in the past decade.
Tactically smart, Leeds' work-rate was also admirable, their players often doubling up on Everton's main threats like Marouane Fellaini, while Victor Anichibe found he had unwelcome, unstinting company throughout. El Hadji Diouf was tremendous throughout, frustrating and counfounding Everton's defence with a selfless display.
This was a rare whiff of the big-time for a club whose staple diet became top-flight football for so long - the glamour was in short supply, however. Thousands of empty seats and the driving Yorkshire rain saw to that.
But few were moaning about the weather when White erupted on to a loose ball after four minutes, surged beyond Fellaini and between the Everton centre backs before placing the ball beyond goalkeeper Jan Mucha and into the corner with a clinical left-foot shot.
White was on the end of another clever Leeds attack seven minutes before the interval, gathering the ball on the edge of the penalty area after a delighftul exchange of passes between Becchio and Diouf, but his shot was too close to Mucha.
Leeds could and should have extended their lead in the dying moments of the first half but Becchio's close-range header was parried by the unwitting Mucha and Steven Naismith clear the ball off the line.
Everton had to improve after the interval and they did. Steven Pienaar fired over from the edge of the penalty area as Everton began to tick. Anichebe picked out Naismith with a pinpoint cross from the left, only for the Scotland international to head woefully wide from six yards.
Yet still Leeds remained a danger. Diouf was a constant menace for Everton and his free-kick picked out Danny Pugh on the edge of the area and his uncertain goal-bound shot bobbled through a crowd of players before Austin steered it inside the post to send Elland Road into raptures.
Everton finally rose up to find hope and with it purpose to make a game of it. Pienaar's free-kick wide on the left was headed on by Anichebe and Distin rose up and headed forcefully beyond Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.
Jelavic tested Ashdown with a header from six yards moments later, while a late penalty shout was waved away when Fellaini's struck Jason Pearce's shoulder. But Leeds weathered the cold, the rain and Everton's storm to cling on.
- 12 Ashdown
- 04 Lees
- 05 Pearce Booked
- 25 Byram
- 08 Austin
- 14 White Booked
- 16 Pugh
- 17 Brown Booked
- 18 Tonge
- 10 Becchio
- 21 Diouf
- 31 Rachubka
- 03 Drury
- 06 Kisnorbo
- 11 Varney
- 23 Thompson
- 20 Gray
- 26 Poleon
- 01 Mucha
- 05 Heitinga Booked
- 15 Distin
- 23 Coleman
- 08 Oviedo Booked
- 25 Fellaini Booked
- 30 Francisco Junior (Neville - 46' )
- 11 Mirallas
- 14 Naismith (Jelavic - 65' )
- 19 Gueye (Pienaar - 46' )
- 28 Anichebe
- 24 Howard
- 06 Jagielka
- 18 Neville
- 34 Duffy
- 22 Pienaar
- 07 Jelavic
- 27 Vellios
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +4:33
Steven Pienaar restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +4:33 Booking
Booking Booking for Aidan White.90:00 +4:29
Aidan White concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Oviedo.90:00 +3:08
Phil Neville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Michael Tonge.90:00 +2:26
Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.90:00 +2:26 Booking
Booking Jason Pearce is cautioned.90:00 +2:02 Booking
Booking Caution for Marouane Fellaini.90:00 +1:34
Marouane Fellaini is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.90:00 +1:10
Victor Anichebe fouled by Tom Lees, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.90:00 +0:30
Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.85:23
Kevin Mirallas crosses the ball, Tom Lees makes a clearance. Nikica Jelavic takes the inswinging corner, save by Jamie Ashdown.83:43
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.83:12
Michael Tonge challenges Bryan Oviedo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.81:36
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Luciano Becchio misses to the right of the target.80:31
Assist on the goal came from Victor Anichebe.80:31 Goal scored
Goal! - Sylvain Distin - Leeds 2 - 1 Everton Sylvain Distin grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Leeds 2-1 Everton.80:00
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Rodolph Austin. Steven Pienaar sends in a cross,79:27
Foul by Michael Tonge on Phil Neville, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.79:01
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Pienaar goes over the bar.
Jason Pearce takes the free kick.77:27 Booking
Booking Johnny Heitinga is shown a yellow card.77:18
Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf.76:04
The official flags Luciano Becchio offside. Free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.75:08
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Tom Lees gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line, Samuel Byram manages to make a clearance.74:47
Michael Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Neville. Direct free kick taken by Nikica Jelavic.74:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by El-Hadji Diouf. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.73:49
Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.73:07
Direct free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.73:07 Booking
Booking Bryan Oviedo shown a yellow card.72:59
Unfair challenge on Aidan White by Bryan Oviedo results in a free kick.71:49
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.71:29
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.69:27
The assist for the goal came from Danny Pugh.69:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Rodolph Austin - Leeds 2 - 0 Everton Rodolph Austin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 2-0 Everton.67:57
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Seamus Coleman. Direct free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf. Danny Pugh takes a shot.66:59
The ball is swung over by Rodolph Austin, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.66:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Nikica Jelavic. The free kick is delivered right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from right channel, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.65:11
El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short. El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross.64:48
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Sylvain Distin.64:01 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Nikica Jelavic coming on for Steven Naismith.63:27
El-Hadji Diouf is caught offside. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.61:27
Phil Neville takes the free kick.61:27 Booking
Booking The referee shows Michael Brown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.61:10
Foul by Michael Brown on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded.60:27
Foul by Victor Anichebe on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Tom Lees takes the free kick.59:46
Victor Anichebe has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.58:47
Steven Naismith has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.58:18
Rodolph Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Steven Pienaar takes the free kick.57:15
A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Jan Mucha.56:21
Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, clearance by Jason Pearce.55:27
Effort on goal by Michael Tonge from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.54:23
Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Steven Pienaar delivers the ball, Marouane Fellaini has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.53:09
Shot by Steven Pienaar from just outside the area goes over the net.52:41
Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.52:05
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Samuel Byram gets a block in.50:13
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Phil Neville. Jason Pearce takes the free kick.49:11
Samuel Byram challenges Kevin Mirallas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.48:24
Jason Pearce fouled by Victor Anichebe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.47:22
The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Jan Mucha.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Lees by Steven Pienaar. Tom Lees takes the free kick. El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Steven Pienaar coming on for Magaye Gueye.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Phil Neville on for Francisco Junior.45:00 +2:01 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.45:00 +0:44
Short corner worked by El-Hadji Diouf. Tom Lees takes a shot. Save by Jan Mucha.42:41
A cross is delivered by Aidan White, clearance by Sylvain Distin.37:21
Effort from 12 yards by Aidan White. Save made by Jan Mucha.36:27
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball.35:05
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.32:20
Shot from 35 yards by Rodolph Austin went wide right of the post.31:44
Steven Naismith challenges Samuel Byram unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.29:59
The ball is swung over by Magaye Gueye, save by Jamie Ashdown. Bryan Oviedo sends in a cross, clearance by Tom Lees.28:20
Shot on goal by Victor Anichebe from just inside the area clears the crossbar.26:40
Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Michael Tonge shoots direct from the free kick.25:33
Aidan White is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Mucha.24:48
Unfair challenge on Magaye Gueye by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.21:34
Rodolph Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Oviedo. Sylvain Distin crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Tom Lees makes a clearance.19:48
Samuel Byram crosses the ball.18:37
Kevin Mirallas challenges Jason Pearce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.15:08
Handball decision goes against Luciano Becchio. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.14:17
Tom Lees concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Anichebe. Direct free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.13:29
Rodolph Austin fouled by Magaye Gueye, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Lees delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.11:02
Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Samuel Byram, free kick awarded. El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Jason Pearce misses to the right of the target.10:29
Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, clearance by Danny Pugh.6:34
Rodolph Austin fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.3:39 Goal scored
Goal! - Aidan White - Leeds 1 - 0 Everton Aidan White fires in a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Leeds 1-0 Everton.2:37
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Kevin Mirallas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Lees.2:11
Luciano Becchio fouled by Francisco Junior, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.0:29
Aidan White challenges Bryan Oviedo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bryan Oviedo.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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