Mateusz Klich

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Result: Kemar Roofe strikes as Leeds United secure first-leg advantage

Kemar Roofe scores the only goal of the match as Leeds United record a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal of the match as Leeds United recorded a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Both teams had chances during an open and entertaining affair, but Roofe’s 55th-minute strike was the difference as Leeds secured an advantage ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night. There was a hugely controversial moment in the latter stages, though, when Derby were awarded a penalty before the decision was overturned by referee Craig Pawson‘s assistant. © Reuters The first real chance of the match fell to Derby in the ei...

Marcelo Bielsa defends controversial behaviour during Villa draw

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa played down his decision to allow Aston Villa to score an unopposed equaliser in a contentious 1-1 draw at Elland Road. The result ended Leeds’ highly unlikely chances of snatching automatic promotion off Sheffield United on the final day, while Villa’s club record 10-game winning run was also halted. Leeds took a 72nd-minute lead in controversial fashion through Mateusz Klich after they had refused to kick the ball out of play despite Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia lying prone in midfield. Villa and Leeds players clashed after Klich’s controversial opener (Clint Hughes/PA) Villa’s players reacted furiously and in a mass melee that followed, defender Anwar El Ghazi was shown a straight red card by referee Stuart Attwell for swinging an elbow...

Championship roundup: Leeds United back on top with rout of Norwich City

Sports Mole rounds up Saturday’s Championship action as Leeds United return to the top of the table thanks to their 3-0 win at Norwich City. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 17:14 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 17:28 UK Leeds United have returned to the top of the Championship table with a 3-0 win at Norwich City on Saturday. The Whites had dropped to second prior to kickoff at Carrow Road as Middlesbrough ran out 1-0 winners over West Bromwich Albion a day earlier. However, Marcelo Bielsa‘s side moved to 13 points, level with Boro but boasting a better goal difference, after Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez struck three unanswered goals. Bolton Wanderers saw their impressive start to the season abruptly halted ...

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett hits out at “very poor” defending

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett criticises his players for failing to turn up as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Leeds United in their Championship opener. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 21:19 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 21:19 UK Gary Rowett has conceded that Stoke City‘s opening-game defeat to Leeds United will act as a “real kick up the backside” for his players. The Championship promotion favourites suffered a 3-1 loss at Elland Road on their first outing of the 2018-19 campaign. Goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper were enough to give Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa a dream start, while condemning Rowett to defeat in his maiden match since jumping ship from Derby County. Rowett was particularly unha...

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