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Cardiff City 2-0 Leeds United: Leeds miss chance to go top of table

Junior Hoilett scores for Cardiff
Junior Hoilett's goal against Leeds was his fifth of the Championship campaign

Cardiff City gave their promotion hopes a huge boost by beating Championship title hopefuls Leeds United 2-0 in a frenetic contest in the Welsh capital.

Junior Hoilett's superb first-half goal after Kalvin Phillips lost the ball put Cardiff ahead before sub Robert Glatzel smashed home a second on 71 minutes.

Leeds were always in the contest and would have at least scored but for some excellent saves from Alex Smithies.

Leeds remain second in the Championship and Cardiff rise to seventh.

The Bluebirds are now level on points with sixth-placed Preston, who they visit next on Saturday, 27 June, while Leeds remain level with leaders West Bromwich Albion, seven points ahead of third-placed Fulham.

The contest between these two promotion-chasers began at a frenetic pace; far in excess of the tempo we have seen in most of the Premier League matches since football resumed after the coronavirus pandemic halted the campaign.

Indeed, but for the swathes of empty seats at the empty Cardiff City Stadium, you would never have known these teams had not played competitively for over three months as the visitors in particular started assuredly.

Marcelo Bielsa's side had the better of the early running without making any clear-cut chances, though Leeds did appeal for a penalty when they felt Joe Bennett had impeded Helder Costa.

Defender Ben White headed over before Leeds' big chance duly arrived on 32 minutes, but Will Vaulks did brilliantly to make a covering run and clear the ball off the line.

Cardiff pay tribute to Peter Whittingham with goal celebration
Peter Whittingham died in March after a fall. The midfielder established himself as a club legend with 459 appearances and 98 goals

That let-off sparked Cardiff and from their very first shot on target they took the lead. Leeds contributed hugely to their own downfall when the normally reliable Phillips gave the ball straight to Hoillett, who ran at the Leeds defence before smashing the ball home from outside the penalty area.

The goal sparked a poignant celebration with Cardiff's players honouring former Bluebirds player Peter Whittingham, who died in March aged 35.

Leeds were unlucky to be behind and could have levelled in first-half stoppage time, but their misfortune was summed up when striker Patrick Bamford accidentally blocked Jack Harrison's goalbound effort.

Bamford almost made amends on the hour mark when his clever header across goal was met firmly by Tyler Roberts, but Smithies made a fantastic point-blank save as he got across his goal to repel what seemed a certain equaliser.

Leeds were pushing for a leveller and they paid the price for over-committing as substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing intercepted the ball and found fellow sub Glatzel, who controlled and fired a volley in off the post.

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris told BBC Sport Wales:

"I am so pleased with today and very proud.

"I am delighted we have scored two quality goals to pay tribute to Peter Whittingham. It was a privilege to be part of it today and I am so pleased we played to the best of our ability.

"During lockdown we asked a lot of the players physically. The lads have been great and they got their reward today and we are really delighted to play in the manner we did.

"We've shown we can compete with the best teams in the division, because Leeds are the best team and we've beaten Leeds and West Brom here now.

The players are hungry to do more. The play-offs has to be our goal."

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa:

"We could have won, we should have won. We created enough chances to score the necessary goals.

"They needed our mistakes to score, but we know we should have been clearer to finish the attacks. We lacked something in the match in the final third.

"Mistakes are part of the game. When we make a mistake we have to resolve it as a team.

"Of course everything is still in our hands. It's the same situation as what we saw before today. The opportunity we had today was important and we couldn't take advantage of it.

"Now we have eight matches left and we cannot think everything is set."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 2Sanderson
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 7Bacuna
  • 6VaulksSubstituted forTomlinat 84'minutes
  • 8RallsSubstituted forPackat 75'minutes
  • 14AdomahBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 65'minutes
  • 13PatersonSubstituted forGlatzelat 65'minutes
  • 33HoilettBooked at 43minsSubstituted forB Smithat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 9Glatzel
  • 15Pack
  • 17Tomlin
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20Whyte
  • 23Ward
  • 24B Smith

Leeds

  • 1Meslier
  • 2AylingSubstituted forAlioskiat 62'minutes
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 45mins
  • 17Hélder CostaBooked at 37minsSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 77'minutes
  • 11RobertsBooked at 57mins
  • 43KlichBooked at 81minsSubstituted forGottsat 84'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 10Alioski
  • 28Berardi
  • 30Miazek
  • 34Struijk
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Leeds United 0.

Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dion Sanderson.

Ben White (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Robbie Gotts replaces Mateusz Klich.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Lee Tomlin replaces Will Vaulks.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Brad Smith replaces David Junior Hoilett.

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ezgjan Alioski.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo replaces Hélder Costa.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Marlon Pack replaces Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

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

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Leeds United 0. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Glatzel.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Robert Glatzel replaces Callum Paterson.

Offside, Cardiff City. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Callum Paterson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Luke Ayling.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom381914564372771
2Leeds38218956322471
3Fulham3818101052401264
4Brentford381891166333363
5Nottm Forest381613949391061
6Preston38169135146557
7Cardiff38141595450457
8Blackburn381511125546956
9Swansea381414104945456
10Bristol City381510135256-455
11Millwall381315104643354
12Derby381412125251154
13QPR38148165863-550
14Reading381310154743449
15Sheff Wed381310154750-349
16Birmingham381212144857-948
17Wigan381111164050-1044
18Stoke38127195056-643
19Charlton38119184554-942
20Huddersfield38119184560-1542
21Middlesbrough38914153750-1341
22Hull38118194964-1541
23Barnsley38910194362-1937
24Luton38106224472-2836
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