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Sport Late Raphinha penalty sees Leeds edge Palace

02:00  01 december  2021
02:00  01 december  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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Leeds United snatched a late win over Crystal Palace thanks to an injury-time penalty from Raphinha . The hosts were awarded a 91st-minute penalty when Eagles defender Marc Guehi was adjudged to have handled the ball, with the decision confirmed after a Video Assistant Referee check and referee Palace should have taken the lead when it was goalless but Christian Benteke headed wide from inside the six-yard box. Benteke also had another chance late on when he got his foot to a long ball forward, but Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier managed to gather the ball just before it crossed the goalline.

Raphinha held his nerve to score from the spot in stoppage time and secure a much-needed victory for Leeds on Tuesday night. More to follow. Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher goes down under challenge from Adam Forshaw. Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Edouard takes on Leeds ' Stuart Dallas.

Raphinha's Video Assistant Referee (VAR)-awarded injury-time penalty saw Leeds United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Elland Road.

In a match of few chances, the hosts made the breakthrough in the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the game when referee Kevin Friend was asked to go over to the pitch-side TV monitor to judge whether Palace defender Marc Guehi had handled from Raphinha's corner.

Raphinha's late penalty earned all three points for Leeds against Crystal Palace © Getty Raphinha's late penalty earned all three points for Leeds against Crystal Palace

The on-field referee agreed with VAR Simon Hooper back at Stockley Park and pointed to the spot, with Raphinha keeping his cool to give his side a much-needed victory.

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© PA Images Raphinha Leeds United 2021 TEAMtalk1. The duo struck either side of Andrew Omobamidele’s equaliser to earn the Whites their second top-flight victory of the campaign. Both sides were in desperate need of the points after a poor run of form. Max Aarons claimed a penalty for Norwich when colliding with Diego Llorente midway through the first half but, again, nothing was given. Leeds continued to get into decent positions but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. And Llorente’s 38th-minute header failed to trouble Krul.

Raphinha ’s curling strike rewarded Leeds ’ fans for creating a cauldron of noise, as he earned a point on the day when a packed Elland Road faithful could finally see Premier League football on their turf for the first time since 2004. Everton’s Lucas Digne had an object - appearing to be a cigarette lighter Aside from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s speculative effort, clear chances were initially hard to come by, but Leeds saw more of the ball. Benitez’s visitors were awarded a penalty though when Calvert-Lewin went down when tussling with Liam Cooper, who pulled the striker’s shirt, with the spot-kick awarded

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As a result, Marcelo Bielsa's team have moved up to 15th in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone, while Palace sit 12th in the table after back-to-back league defeats.

How Leeds got back to winning ways

Leeds came into the game hovering precariously above the drop zone after a slow start to the campaign, particularly at home, and in urgent need of a morale-boosting win. After a long wait, that is exactly what they got.

Bielsa made three changes from the side held to a goalless draw at Brighton at the weekend as the Argentine tried to find a formula to get his players back at the levels they demonstrated last season.

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By Paul Braithwaite. A goal in either half saw Leeds record a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in what was a dominant display at Elland Road on Monday evening, as they moved into the top half of the table. The Whites opened the scoring after just three minutes through Jack Harrison. Having seen their initial attack breakdown the home side won the ball back when Pascal Struijk intercepted a long pass before Stuart Dallas played into Harrison whose effort deflected in off Gary Cahill.

Patrick Bamford’s early penalty proved decisive as Leeds held on to beat Burnley 1-0 at Elland Road. B amford converted his 10th league goal of the season from the spot in the fifth minute and that was enough to secure his side their sixth Premier League win of the season. Raphinha wasted another opening, shooting too close to Pope when free in the area and Rodrigo headed off-target following from Ezgjan Alioski’s superb cross. Burnley took the game to Leeds after the restart. Matthew Lowton and Josh Brownhill forced Meslier into routine saves as Leeds were squeezed on to the edge of their area.

However, the first 45 minutes were largely forgettable, with neither goalkeeper called into action, with Bielsa ringing the changes at the break as Junior Firpo and Rodrigo were brought on to add some attacking thrust.

It was the visitors, though, who looked the most likely to open the scoring in the second half, in particular substitute Christian Benteke, who twice went close to giving his side the lead.

The Belgium international first headed wide of the gaping goal with a quarter of an hour left to play, before Illan Meslier almost gifted the striker a goal moments later as both teams went in search of a breakthrough.

But it was Leeds who got it right at the death as another devilish, inswing corner from Raphinha was inexplicably punched clear by Guehi, and although Mr Friend initially missed the offence, the eagle-eyed VAR did not.

Opta statsLeeds have won each of their last six home league games against Crystal Palace, since a 1-0 defeat in the Championship in March 2006.Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 13 midweek (Tue, Wed, Thu) Premier League games (D4 L8), winning 2-1 at Newcastle in February last season.Since their return to the Premier League last season, Leeds have won six of their seven midweek games in the competition (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning all five of their games on a Tuesday.Crystal Palace have conceded three goals in the 90th minute or later in the Premier League this season - no side has shipped more goals as late in games. Those goals have cost the Eagles five points (also 1-1 v Brighton in September, 2-2 v Arsenal in October).Raphinha's goal for Leeds was just their fourth goal in the 90th minute or later in a 1-0 victory in the Premier League, and just the second to come via the penalty spot after Ian Harte's strike against Derby in December 1999.Only Teemu Pukki has scored a higher percentage of his team's goals (62.5% - 5/8 for Norwich) in the Premier League this season than Raphinha (46.2% - 6/13) for Leeds. What the managers say... Man of the Match - Raphinha

Raphinha's signing just over a year ago has proved to be a brilliant piece of business by Leeds, and one wonders just where Bielsa's team would be without their skilful forward.

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The Brazil international was once again his side's standout performer in a tight and cagey contest against Palace, the sort of game that can be decided either by a moment of brilliance, or a mistake.

And while it was the latter that ultimately proved decisive, it was still a wickedly delivered corner from the 24-year-old that resulted in the award of a late penalty, with you know who stepping up to keep his cool from the spot to give Leeds a massive win.

What's next?

Leeds now host Brentford at 2pm in the Premier League on Sunday, while Crystal Palace are at Man Utd at the same time.

Leeds and Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw at Elland Road on Tuesday © PA Leeds and Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw at Elland Road on Tuesday

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