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Brentford 2-0 Leeds United: Neal Maupay & Sergi Canos dent Leeds promotion hopes

By Tom GarryBBC Sport
Sergi Canos
Man of the match Sergi Canos doubled Brentford's lead in the second half

Leeds United's automatic promotion hopes were badly dented as they lost at Brentford to slip three points behind rivals Sheffield United.

The result left leaders Norwich City all-but promoted, six points clear of third-placed Leeds with two games to go and a notably-superior goal difference.

Neal Maupay fired the Bees in front in the first half, after Leeds had earlier been inexplicably denied a penalty when Patrick Bamford was brought down by Julian Jeanvier.

An inspired Sergi Canos tucked in the hosts' second after the break and Leeds could not respond.

The Whites' top-two ambitions are now out of their hands and will be all-but over if the Blades beat bottom-of-the-table Ipswich on Saturday.

Since moving three points clear of Sheffield United on 13 April, Leeds have lost back-to-back games over a damaging Easter weekend that looks set to be the downfall of their campaign.

Needing to bounce back from Friday's surprise home defeat against 10-man Wigan Athletic, Marcelo Bielsa's side started brightly at Griffin Park, with Bamford firing wide from inside the area early on.

The visitors were furious when they were not given a penalty for what appeared to be a blatant foul by Jeanvier on Bamford in the box - and Maupay swept in the opener just before half-time.

Tyler Roberts then scuffed wide when he had a fine chance to pull Leeds immediately level, and Canos punished Leeds for that miss after the break.

Ultimately Brentford - who stay 15th - could have won by more, but an acrobatic Maupay effort fizzed over.

Norwich will now clinch promotion if they avoid defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, while Leeds - who face Aston Villa at home and then Ipswich away - are reliant on results elsewhere.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26KonsaBooked at 76mins
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 34Bech Sørensen
  • 2Odubajo
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19Sawyers
  • 3Henry
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 79minsSubstituted forDasilvaat 87'minutes
  • 9MaupayBooked at 73mins
  • 7CanósSubstituted forMarcondesat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 14Dasilva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 24Ogbene
  • 32Racic
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18JanssonSubstituted forClarkeat 64'minutes
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forDallasat 12'minutes
  • 4Forshaw
  • 19Hernández
  • 43KlichBooked at 77mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forRoofeat 58'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 7Roofe
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 28Berardi
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
11,580

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Mateusz Klich is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Josh Da Silva.

  11. Post update

    Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford).

  13. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Ollie Watkins.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

  17. Post update

    Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ollie Watkins.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Mads Bech Sörensen.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich442513689553488
2Sheff Utd442510974393585
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4422111184582677
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4318131263521167
7Middlesbrough441813134539667
8Bristol City431812135649766
9Sheff Wed441615135657-163
10Swansea43188176057362
11Nottm Forest441515145954560
12Preston441612166461360
13Hull44179186365-260
14Blackburn441611176165-459
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke441120134350-753
17Birmingham441417136357650
18Wigan441212204963-1448
19QPR44139225169-1848
20Reading441016184864-1646
21Millwall431013204761-1443
22Rotherham44816205079-2940
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich44416243373-4028
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