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Leeds United v Crystal Palace Live Commentary, 30/11/2021

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Raphinha (90+4 pen)
Elland Road


That's all from Elland Road today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Boosted by today's result, Leeds next host Brentford at the weekend, while Palace must pick themselves off the canvas before visiting Old Trafford, as a new Manchester United era commences on Sunday.
Elland Road explodes with relief, as Leeds finally secure a third win of the Premier League season in such nailbiting fashion. Bielsa's side were marginally the better over the course of the 97 minutes, though rarely looked like breaking the deadlock due to a worryingly blunt attack. Only Guehi's misfortune in giving away a stoppage-time spot-kick offered them the chance to steal all three points and close the gap to Palace down to a single point. The visitors cannot complain too much, as they had a couple of presentable opportunities, but were not at their fluent best in this frantic affair.
A. Forshaw
Yellow Card
Leeds United
90' + 6' For a foul out wide on Guehi, Forshaw goes into the referee's notebook.
C. Cresswell
T. Roberts
Leeds United
90' + 5' To kill precious time, Roberts comes off for Leeds and Cresswell is now on.
Penalty Goal
Leeds United
90' + 4' LEEDS IN FRONT! Raphinha skips into the penalty kick and coolly slots the ball past Guaita in the Palace goal, sending the Leeds fans delirious with joy! At the death, it's Leeds 1-0 Palace!
M. Guéhi
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
90' + 3' For handling the ball in the area, Guehi is inevitably booked - adding to his pain at conceding such a late penalty.
90' + 2' PENALTY GIVEN! In stoppage time, Leeds are awarded a spot-kick after the referee consults the pitchside monitor and changes his original decision!
90' + 1' PENALTY TO LEEDS? A cross from the left is contested at the near post by Cooper and Guehi, and the latter's arm clearly deflects the ball away. Therefore, the VAR will take a look to decide whether Leeds should have a late penalty!
M. Olise
J. Ayew
Crystal Palace
90' Vieira makes a last roll of the dice, as the lively Ayew is replaced by Olise in the dying moments of the game.
89' It's catching practice for Guaita, who plucks a curled Roberts shot from outside the box out of the rainy Leeds air with ease. The hosts are running out of ideas.
T. Roberts
Yellow Card
Leeds United
87' Due to Kouyate's quick turn on the ball inside his own half, Roberts' sliding challenge upends the Palace midfielder and earns him a yellow card.
84' A clumsy challenge by Rodrigo on Mitchell concedes a free-kick in advanced territory on the left for Palace. Gallagher's set-piece is again too low, but is at least turned out for a corner to the Eagles.
82' Benteke drifts in from the left, and just as he gets off a 20-yard shot on goal, a sea of Leeds bodies descend upon him and force him to angle it off target.
W. Hughes
J. Schlupp
Crystal Palace
80' Palace make another change for the final 10 minutes, as Schlupp comes off and Hughes is brought on in his place.
79' GREAT SAVE! Meslier turns on a sixpence to adjust his feet and stop the ball on the goal line, after it's prodded past him by Benteke, who managed to divert the ball towards goal despite the close attentions of Cooper.
78' From the second of successive Leeds corners, Tomkins crucially intervenes to block out a near-post header. Then, finally, Palace get the ball clear after the third corner kick in a row.
76' The pace has hardly dropped throughout, and Leeds are having ever more of the ball in the final third.
74' JUST WIDE! One of the best chances of the game slips through Palace's fingers, as Benteke inexplicably heads wide from close range, following good work from Gallagher and Zaha inside the area. That really should have been the opener for the away side!
S. Dallas
Yellow Card
Leeds United
72' Dallas crudely hauls back Zaha in the latest tussle between the pair, and is shown a yellow card by the referee.
71' There are a few frantic challenges flying in here, as the desperation to get on top grows higher.
69' Perhaps surprisingly, in Premier League history, only Alan Shearer (15) and Wayne Rooney (13) have scored more goals on Tuesdays than Crystal Palace substitute Christian Benteke's 12.
C. Benteke
O. Édouard
Crystal Palace
68' Vieira makes a change up front in his search for all three points, as Benteke is brought on for the ineffective Edouard.
66' Dallas is down injured in curious circumstances, as he dived at the feet of Zaha to head the ball away in desperation in the right corner of the Leeds half. Not pretty, but effective!
64' Palace fail to clear the ball sufficently, and Forshaw the latches onto it 30 yards from goal, unleashing an ambitious effort towards goal. However, it spirals ever higher and deep into the stand behind the goal.
62' Crystal Palace have scored at least once in each of their last eight league games, last having a longer run between January and March 2019, but are running out of time to extend that streak today.
60' After a relatively quiet spell from the England midfielder, Phillips rouses the home fans again, as his forward surge ends in a shot from outside the box which is blocked.
58' Raphinha goes down under a challenge by Zaha, but Palace play on, much to the disgust of the Elland Road crowd.
56' James is back in the action, as he plays in Forshaw to get off a shot from the left side of the area, but his effort is comfortably saved in the centre of the goal by Guaita after taking a heavy deflection.
54' Increasingly involved now, James has a right-footed shot from the centre of the box blocked by the busy Palace defence.
52' MISS! Rodrigo spurns a good chance to finally break the deadlock, as James works some space on the left and crosses dangerously across the Palace box, finding the Spanish forward in space centrally. Guaita needs no second invitation to spring out at his feet, though, and stop Rodrigo rounding him.
51' After a while, Kouyate is back on, but is now limping gingerly and looks in some trouble here.
49' An awkward challenge by Forshaw on Kouyate sees the latter laid out on the turf, and some medical treatment is required by the towering Palace midfielder.
Junior Firpo
Yellow Card
Leeds United
48' A far from ideal start for Firpo, as he is caught out of position and clips Ayew 20 yards out from goal, conceding a free-kick in dangerous territory and picking up a yellow card.
48' Palace make a mess of the free-kick earned by Ayew, as Gallagher thumps his shot straight into the wall and Zaha then shoots wildly over the bar.
Junior Firpo
P. Struijk
Leeds United
46' Following his difficulties in the first half, Struijk has been taken off, with Junior Firpo on in his place.
M. Klich
Leeds United
46' Klich has been replaced by Rodrigo at the break, as Leeds chase an increasingly rare victory.
46' We are back under way at Elland Road, and the home side have made some half-time changes.
These two clubs have tallied a total of 15 Premier League draws between them already this season, so it would certainly not be a surprise to see the spoils shared at the final whistle today. However, neither manager is likely to settle for a point given their teams' respective positions in the table, so perhaps some attacking changes can decide the outcome in the second half.
Both sides have demonstrated great eagerness, which has occasionally spilled over into recklessness as the half progressed, but no gilt-edged chances have presented themselves in either penalty area. While Leeds have edged the possession statistics, most of the other main metrics are well balanced, reflecting a close-fought encounter that could go either way after the break.
44' The have struggled to create clear opportunities again today, and Leeds have only scored 12 goals in their first 13 games of this Premier League campaign, compared with 22 by the same stage of last season.
42' Having been turned inside out by Ayew so far, Struijk is now down on the turf, taking treatment for a possible ankle problem. Bielsa will be keen not to make a change so close to the interval.
P. Struijk
Yellow Card
Leeds United
41' Struijk's troubles in dealing with Ayew continue, as the defender's attempts to stop Palace's number nine from dribbling down the right end in the concession of a free-kick and a booking for the Leeds left-back.
C. Gallagher
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
39' Tempers are flaring now, as Gallagher thunders into a lunging challenge on Raphinha, which deservedly earns him a booking. He'd previously been struck by a flailing arm and went looking for vengeance.
J. Ward
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
36' Ironic cheers reverberate around a soggy Elland Road, as Ward is penalised for holding back James and subsequently finding his way into the referee's notebook.
34' Zaha works his way into the penalty area on the left with some typical trickery, but is crowded out by a mass of Leeds bodies and the ball is worked clear by the home side.
32' Following a bright opening half-hour, the game has become more disjointed in the past few minutes, with a series of niggly fouls breaking up play.
30' They may be yet to score today, but Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last three Premier League away games, finding the net at least twice on each occasion.
28' As the rain starts to fall more steadily, Guehi does well to back-track and nod the ball towards his goalkeeper, after a lofted Phillips ball causes concern in the hosts' area.
26' Cooper clatters Zaha not far into the Leeds half, but Palace fail to make anything of the free-kick and ultimately concede possession.
24' It has been end to end in Leeds so far, with hardly a moment to draw breath. However, composure is a little lacking in either attacking third.
22' JUST OVER! Bursting through in typical style, Phillips reaches the right corner of the visitors' area and drives in a powerful strike which flies narrowly over the angle of post and crossbar.
20' Having made the opening for himself, Schlupp cracks a 25-yard effort wide of the left post, though Guaita was relatively untroubled.
18' NO PENALTY! A brief VAR review upholds the on-field decision, so no penalty is awarded for Struijk's contact on Ayew in the box. The Leeds full-back is struggling to contain his man so far though.
17' PENALTY TO PALACE? Though the referee turns down a penalty claim from Ayew, who escapes on the right side of the Leeds box and is apparently felled, the VAR intervenes and will look at it once again.
16' Dallas heads clear following Gallagher's first corner for Palace, and Leeds temporarily get the ball away to safety.
14' A turn onto his left side earns Forshaw some space on the right corner of the area, but his strike is off target to the right of Guaita's goal.
13' An irritated Schlupp is denied a free-kick near the right corner flag, as Cooper's challenge causes the Palace midfielder to hit the deck.
11' Ayew rides a couple of Leeds challenges to progress into the final third, but after exchanging passes with Zaha, his shot is easily blocked out just inside the area.
9' Palace deal with successive Leeds corners relatively comfortably, but the home side are building up a head of steam, and Ward is then required to intervene in the six-yard box to clear a dangerous Dallas cross from the right.
8' Demonstrating his customary sharpness, Raphinha is first to react when a loose ball spins his way outside the box, and his specualtive strike is deflected wide for the first corner of the game.
6' Before kick-off, Leeds had scored just six goals in as many Premier League home matches this season, having averaged 1.5 goals per game at Elland Road last term.
4' James has a 20-yard effort charged down after being played in by Roberts, raising the home crowd to their feet for the first time.
2' A move started by Zaha's persistence on the left finally finds his Palace counterpart on the right, but Ayew's shot from a tight angle only finds the side-netting from just inside the box.
1' Under a thin drizzle in West Yorkshire, Crystal Palace get us under way!
The players are out under the floodlights at Elland Road, with kick-off now just moments away!
Palace also make a trio of changes, bringing Jeffrey Schlupp, Odsonne Edouard and Jordan Ayew into the side, while Luka Milivojevic, Michael Olise and Christian Benteke are demoted to the bench. Both James McArthur and Joachim Andersen are once again ruled out with hamstring injuries, so James Tomkins deputises for the latter in Patrick Vieira's favoured 4-3-3 formation.
In search of a first league victory since October, Marcelo Bielsa has opted to make three changes from the XI that started the goalless draw at Brighton on Saturday: Pascal Struijk, Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts replace Junior Firpo, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison, who all drop to the bench. While the influential Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling are finally closing in on first-team returns - having both been sidelined since September - neither is involved today. Therefore, Stuart Dallas features at right-back and Tyler Roberts will start up front.
SUBS: Jack Butland, Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Martin Kelly, Luka Milivojevic, Nathaniel Clyne, Christian Benteke, Jairo Riedewald, Will Hughes.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Marc Guehi, James Tomkins, Tyrick Mitchell; Cheikhou Kouyate, Conor Gallagher, Jeffrey Schlupp; Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard, Jordan Ayew.
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Jack Jenkins, Crysencio Summerville, Charlie Cresswell, Rodrigo Moreno, Jamie Shackleton, Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo, Joe Gelhardt.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Stuart Dallas, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk; Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Mateusz Klich, Daniel James; Tyler Roberts.
A 2-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday put Palace's seven-game unbeaten run to an end, and following successive 2-0 wins either side of the last international break, the Eagles have picked up just a point from their last two outings. However, Patrick Vieira's young team travelled north in the knowledge that they have scored at least twice in four of their last five away games in the top flight.
After a run of just one win from their last six Premier League games, Leeds are too close to the bottom three for comfort, as a draw against Brighton at the weekend leaves them just one place above Burnley, who occupy 18th spot with a game in hand. In the first of two matches against bottom-half sides this week, the Whites will take on a Crystal Palace squad which has gained much praise this term, but ultimately sit just four points above them in the table.
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