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Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa: Record winning run ends in controversial Elland Road draw

Villa players grabbed hold of Mateusz Klich following his controversial opening goal at Elland Road
Villa players grabbed hold of Mateusz Klich following his controversial opening goal at Elland Road

Leeds United's hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League this season are over after manager Marcelo Bielsa sportingly allowed Aston Villa to score an uncontested goal in a remarkable draw between the two sides.

An entertaining and even game, which confirmed automatic promotion for Sheffield United, will be remembered for the 72nd-minute Mateusz Klich goal that sparked an already passionate encounter into a total loss of tempers at Elland Road.

Leeds initially opted to play on following a challenge by home defender Liam Cooper, which left Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia on the floor, before Tyler Roberts then appeared to be ready to put the ball out for a throw-in.

But Roberts instead passed the ball forward to Klich and, with the Villa defence flat-footed, although offside, he was allowed to run on, cut inside and curl a low right-foot shot just inside the post.

In the ensuing heated aftermath, Villa's Ahmed El Ghazi was sent off for an alleged elbow on Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, who fell to the floor holding his face despite no apparent contact.

But, in astonishing scenes, Leeds boss Bielsa ordered his players to allow Villa to equalise, and Albert Adomah was allowed to run through to score, almost unchallenged, into an unguarded net.

Having been held for the first time since the 1-1 draw at Stoke in February, although still unbeaten in 12 games, Villa's failure to win means that they now cannot catch fourth-placed West Bromwich Albion and look almost certain to finish fifth in the Championship.

They could yet meet Leeds again in the play-offs, either in the semi-finals or the final. But it is more likely that they will play neighbours Albion, unless the Baggies win at Derby next Sunday and Leeds fail to win at relegated Ipswich.

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From flat to remarkable

With the chief promotion issues sorted a day earlier and both sides missing their respective top scorers, the injured Kemar Roofe and Tammy Abraham, it was expected that this game might prove a little flat.

But it was a heated affair throughout, as best highlighted by Bielsa's first-half caution by referee Stuart Attwell for a breach of protocol in the technical area.

Genuine chances were few and far between until Kodjia turned well to meet a low right-wing cross from Ahmed Elmohamady, only to balloon over on the half-volley from 15 yards.

Villa looked to have penalty claims when Gaetano Berardi upended Kodjia in the area, then El Ghazi set up Neil Taylor, only for the marauding Villa left-back to have his effort deflected over by a brave block from Pontus Jansson.

Patrick Bamford claimed to have been struck in the face by Ahmed El Ghazi
Patrick Bamford claimed to have been struck in the face by Ahmed El Ghazi

But it all kicked off when Leeds went ahead with Klich's goal, an episode that drew comparison with the famously replayed game that followed Marc Overmars' winner in similar circumstances in an FA Cup fifth-round tie for Arsenal against Sheffield United at Highbury in February 1999.

This time, Klich's moment of thoughtlessness proved only a temporary glitch as, in the turmoil that followed, after a touchline exchange of words with Villa boss Dean Smith, Bielsa kept his cool and orchestrated Villa's equaliser.

But not before Villa's Conor Hourihane and Bamford had both been booked, while the injured Kodjia followed El Ghazi down the tunnel to briefly leave Villa with nine men.

The incident was not quite over yet either as Jansson, not quite in tune with his team-mates, even tried to prevent Adomah scoring.

Although Mile Jedinak did come on as substitute for Kodjia, Villa still played the final 15 minutes of normal time, plus seven minutes of added time, a man down.

And Leeds came close several times, but for a goal-line clearance from Tyrone Mings, a Hourihane block and a great save from Jed Steer, who had been struggling with an injury but had to stay on with Villa having used all three subs.

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperBooked at 21mins
  • 15DallasSubstituted forBerardiat 45'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezBooked at 14mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 43KlichBooked at 63mins
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutes
  • 9BamfordBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 11Roberts
  • 28Berardi
  • 37Brown
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 58Bogusz

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McGinnBooked at 80mins
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 75mins
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forWhelanat 90+1'minutes
  • 19GreenSubstituted forAdomahat 69'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forJedinakat 79'minutes
  • 22El GhaziBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 8Lansbury
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 21Hutton
  • 33Sarkic
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
36,786

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home27
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Jed Steer (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Jack Grealish.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi with a cross.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

  18. Booking

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich452613691563591
2Sheff Utd452610976393788
3Leeds452581271472483
4West Brom4523111186592780
5Aston Villa452016981592276
6Derby4419131265521370
7Middlesbrough451913134740770
8Bristol City441812145651566
9Sheff Wed451616135960-164
10Nottm Forest451615146054663
11Swansea44189176259363
12Preston451613166764361
13Hull451710186567-261
14Blackburn451611186267-559
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke451121134350-754
17Birmingham451418136458651
18Wigan451213205064-1449
19QPR45139235170-1948
20Reading451016194966-1746
21Millwall441014204761-1444
22Rotherham45816215181-3040
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich45416253375-4228
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