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Leeds United 3-3 Cardiff City: Hosts denied top spot as Bluebirds fight back

Patrick Bamford scored from the spot for Leeds after being brought down by Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge
Patrick Bamford scored from the spot for Leeds after being brought down by Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge

Cardiff City fought back from 3-0 down and equalised when down to 10 men to prevent Leeds United from returning to the top of the Championship.

West Bromwich Albion had gone top by beating Birmingham in the early kick-off but Marcelo Bielsa's men responded with three goals, the first from Helder Costa and two by Patrick Bamford, including a penalty.

Lee Tomlin gave Cardiff hope of a late revival on the hour and Sean Morrison added their second, only to then be sent off for a late tackle.

Despite their man disadvantage, Cardiff staged a grandstand finish as Robert Glatzel guided in Tomlin's flick to level.

Neil Harris' side drop three places to 12th, with Leeds finishing the day second behind West Brom.

The draw ended Leeds' seven-match winning run as Cardiff produced a remarkable comeback, largely against the run of play.

The hosts were 2-0 up within a stunning opening 10 minutes in which Harris' side had no answer to Leeds' pace.

They struck first on the break as, with the Bluebirds slow to respond, Pablo Hernandez's superb pass allowed Costa to fire home.

Before Cardiff could recover they were 2-0 down as Bamford added the second, deftly pulling down Stuart Dallas' cross before hitting the back of the net from close range.

Tomlin saw a shot blocked as the Bluebirds sought a response, but they continued to concede possession, often easily, as the opening period wore on.

Cardiff started with more purpose immediately after the break, but Neil Etheridge brought down Bamford in the box and he punished the visiting goalkeeper from the spot.

Tomlin produced a sublime response, lobbing over the home defence from an acute angle.

And when captain Morrison headed in their second in the 83rd minute, the home fans fell silent.

More drama followed two minutes later as Morrison was sent off for a lunging tackle on on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.

But that did not deter the visitors as Glatzel produced a composed low finish after Tomlin's sublime assist to bring an end to a pulsating encounter.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said:

"I did not get the preparation right because I knew about Cardiff City's strengths and we didn't resolve it.

"We knew how dangerous they are in the air and from set-pieces. Set-pieces are crucial in this division and Cardiff made us pay in that area today.

"Some of our attacking play was the best I have seen from Leeds and It is difficult to explain the result. There is no way we should have drawn that game."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris said:

"It's a hard one because Leeds were obviously better than us and as bad as we were at times defensively to give away really poor goals, I can't do anything but praise my players.

"The character in the group, the desire in the group, the ability in the group to come back and score goals is first class.

"So I'm a very happy manager with a point and I'm very pleased with the thought process of the team to come from behind. However, for us to move forward we've got to be better than we are at the moment. We're conceding cheap goals."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 28BerardiSubstituted forStruijkat 84'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19HernándezBooked at 45mins
  • 43Klich
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forAlioskiat 81'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 14Nketiah
  • 30Miazek
  • 34Struijk
  • 36Gotts
  • 47Clarke

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 5FlintSubstituted forNelsonat 41'minutes
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 86mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 6VaulksSubstituted forWhyteat 61'minutes
  • 15Pack
  • 8Ralls
  • 23WardSubstituted forGlatzelat 73'minutes
  • 17TomlinBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Glatzel
  • 11Murphy
  • 12Smithies
  • 13Paterson
  • 16Nelson
  • 20Whyte
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
34,552

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home25
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Cardiff City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Cardiff City 3.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Attempt missed. Ben White (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Cardiff City 3. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Dismissal

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the red card.

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Pascal Struijk replaces Gaetano Berardi.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Cardiff City 2. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Jack Harrison.

Attempt blocked. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Patrick Bamford.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Ben White (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Robert Glatzel replaces Danny Ward.

Attempt blocked. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

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

Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gavin Whyte replaces Will Vaulks.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Cardiff City 1. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Hand ball by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds22145335132247
3Preston2211473527837
4Brentford22113833171636
5Sheff Wed22106633201336
6Fulham2210573324935
7Bristol City229853432235
8Nottm Forest219752721634
9Blackburn2210483028234
10Swansea229762927234
11Millwall228952828033
12Cardiff228863432232
13QPR229493542-731
14Hull228683431330
15Birmingham2284102431-728
16Derby226882128-726
17Charlton2266102830-224
18Reading2165102527-223
19Huddersfield2257102434-1022
20Middlesbrough224991931-1221
21Luton2262142846-1820
22Stoke2253142435-1118
23Wigan2246122035-1518
24Barnsley2237122945-1616
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