Stuart Dallas scored an injury-time winner as 10-man Leeds United beat runaway leaders Manchester Metropolis at Etihad Stadium.
Dallas gave the guests a shock lead three minutes earlier than the break with a low shot that went in off the within of a put up.
Nonetheless, the dismissal of skipper Liam Cooper for a deal with on Gabriel Jesus earlier than the opening interval was over appeared to have given the guests an not possible activity.
Metropolis predictably dominated the second interval however had been made to attend till the 76th minute for his or her equaliser, when Ferran Torres drove house his first Premier League objective since December.
As a substitute of Metropolis finishing a triumphant comeback, nonetheless, it was Leeds who got here up with the winner as Dallas ran on to Ezgjan Alioski’s by way of ball earlier than sending a shot previous Ederson from the sting of the world.
It accomplished Leeds’ finest win since their return to the highest flight – and means Manchester United can reduce Metropolis’s lead on the prime to eight factors in the event that they win their video games in hand towards Tottenham and Burnley. Metropolis should take 11 factors from their remaining six video games to ensure a 3rd league title in 4 seasons.
Leeds’ day to recollect
It’s a measure of how lengthy Leeds have been exterior the highest flight that this was solely their second league sport at Etihad Stadium.
However, as on so many events this season, Marcelo Bielsa’s males made a constructive impression, despite the fact that they had been unable to manage possession as they did when these sides drew 1-1 at Elland Highway earlier in October.
Helder Costa and Tyler Roberts had been a risk down the flanks although, so it was not fully out of the blue when Leeds took the lead.
Joao Cancelo was unusually hesitant having been deployed at right-back and Costa took benefit, offering the cross for Patrick Bamford, who set Dallas up for his exact end.
It was a disgrace for Leeds that their captain spoiled all the great work nearly instantly with a two-footed lunge.
Cooper was nonetheless pleading his innocence as he slowly made his approach off the pitch, despite the fact that referee Andre Marriner had gone to the monitor earlier than altering his preliminary yellow card to a pink for a deal with that left Jesus needing therapy.
Profitable the sport at that time appeared a distant prospect for Leeds, even towards a Metropolis group with seven modifications from the one which beat Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League on Tuesday.
Raheem Sterling had already wasted a few respectable probabilities for the hosts and, after the break, the competition was extra like a sport of assault and defence as Metropolis piled ahead, steadily having all 10 outfield gamers inside 30 yards of the guests’ objective.
Oleksandr Zinchenko introduced a full-length save out of Illan Meslier, Bernardo Silva had a goalbound shot deflected broad and substitute Ilkay Gundogan fired a superb likelihood over earlier than Torres struck.
Metropolis did have a warning of what Leeds had been able to when Raphinha broke clear, solely to be denied by Ederson’s completely executed slide deal with.
Nonetheless, Leeds had yet one more assault left in them – and Dallas supplied the proper end to provide his facet a 3rd successive Premier League win for the primary time since 2002-03, when Terry Venables was in cost.
‘We did not cease them from working’ – what they mentioned
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola advised BBC Match of the Day: “We didn’t create sufficient for the forwards. It’s a part of the sport.
“Within the final 10 minutes that they had different probabilities, they’re quick and might do it. After they defend in the best way they had been doing it’s a must to cease them working and we didn’t do this.
“We’re going to relaxation and put together two days for the sport in Dortmund and resolve on how we’re going to play.”
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa advised BBC Match of the Day: “The worth of the victory will increase as a result of it was achieved in a sport the place we had been dominated and demanded character, effort and persona.
“I feel we now have to hyperlink the victory to the spirit of the gamers. The spirit of all of the gamers added collectively creates a uniform effort. It’s extremely troublesome to win video games like right this moment. I feel we deserved it however the honest factor would have been for Metropolis to win it as a result of that they had the dominance and the probabilities.
“I worth quite a bit the English refereeing and with the added issue of VAR all the choices are justified.”
Extra objectives exterior the field than anybody else – the stats
- Manchester Metropolis suffered their first house defeat towards a promoted facet in 42 Premier League video games, since shedding 2-0 towards Studying in February 2007.
- Leeds have change into simply the fourth promoted facet to win away towards the Premier League leaders within the competitors’s historical past, after Ipswich at Norwich in December 1992, Derby at Manchester United in April 1997 and Hull Metropolis at Arsenal in September 2008.
- Stuart Dallas turned the primary participant to attain a Ninetieth-minute winner for Leeds in a Premier League sport since Ian Harte vs Derby County in December 1999.
- Leeds have scored extra objectives from exterior the field than every other Premier League facet this season (12).
- Liam Cooper turned the primary Leeds participant to be despatched off in a Premier League match since Mark Viduka towards Bolton in Could 2004.
Manchester Metropolis are subsequent in motion within the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final towards Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, 14 April (20:00 BST). Leeds host Liverpool at Elland Highway within the Premier League on Monday, 19 April (20:00).
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- 22MendySubstituted forFodenat 74′minutes
- 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 83mins
- 25FernandinhoBooked at 90mins
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 3Rúben Dias
- 17De Bruyne
- 6CooperBooked at 45mins
- 10AlioskiBooked at 66mins
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- 17Hélder Costa
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Match ends, Manchester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 2.
Second Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 2.
Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Raphinha due to an damage.
Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis).
Raphinha (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Aim! Manchester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 2. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) proper footed shot from exterior the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a by way of ball.
Try saved. Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross.
Try blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.
Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis).
Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the precise facet of the field is shut, however misses the highest left nook. Assisted by Ferran Torres.
Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).
Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis).
Raphinha (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Ezgjan Alioski.
João Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).