Leeds United snatched a late win over Crystal Palace

Leeds United snatched a late win over Crystal Palace

Leeds was given a penalty in the 91st minute when Eagles defender Marc Guehi was ruled to have handled the ball, a judgment confirmed by a Video Assistant Referee review and referee Kevin Friend seeing the event on a pitch-side screen.

When the game was goalless, Palace could have grabbed the lead but Christian Benteke’s header from within the six-yard box went wide.

Benteke had another late opportunity when he got his foot on a long ball forward, but Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier Just before the ball crossed the goal line, he collected it.

“Raphinha’s very important and to score that goal he needed a lot of character, personality, and courage. He got us the three points,” said Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

“We haven’t taken many points so far this season. Every game we see as an opportunity to balance this out.

“The opposing team had developed their play very well and it was very difficult to keep that clean sheet.”

Palace would have finished seventh if they had won, and Patrick Vieira was left to wonder why his team failed to score any points

“I really believe we were the better team,” said Vieira. “It happened on the other side a couple of games ago and we have to deal with it.

“We’re a little bit disappointed, we should create more chances and didn’t make the right decisions.

“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves, we just have to analyze how we create chances and how we can improve our last pass in the final 30 yards.

“We had the best chances in the final 10-15 minutes and didn’t take it, so you leave the door open. It’s important to stick together and work even harder. We showed some positives.”

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