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Leeds’ utility man, Dallas injured in Manchester City clash.

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Leeds utility man Stuart Dallas has been ruled out indefinitely after fracturing his thighbone in the defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

Dallas was left in clear distress following a challenge on Jack Grealish in stoppage time at the end of the first half at Elland Road with the score at 1-0 to the visitors.

The 31-year-old was swiftly stretchered off as the Leeds medical team recognised the significance of the injury.

The club have since confirmed Dallas spent the night in hospital having suffered a femoral fracture. The Northern Irishman is now set to undergo surgery and further tests.

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According to Phil Hay, Dallas has sustained ‘significant damage’ to his knee cap.

A Leeds statement read: “Stuart Dallas faces a lengthy period out of action due to a femoral fracture sustained in yesterday’s Premier League game with Manchester City.

“Stuart was kept overnight at Leeds General Infirmary and will now travel to London for surgery and further tests.

“It is impossible to put into words just how important Stuart is to Leeds United on and off the field.

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“Anyone who knows Stuart, knows he will come back from this stronger than ever, and in the meantime, he is sure to make his presence known at both Thorp Arch and Elland Road.

“There’s only one Stuart Dallas.”

Leeds were eventually soundly beaten by City, with three more goals flying in after Dallas was stretchered off.

Speaking after the match, head coach Jesse Marsch said: “We don’t think it’s good with his knee and obviously, with where we are in the season, we will miss him very much because he is in many ways the heart and soul of the group and one of the guys that I think is always at the forefront in terms of being a leader and someone who, who can stand up to big challenges.

“Our hearts and minds are with him and his family and we’re hopeful that the prognosis is okay, and that he can have a speedy recovery and get himself healthy and back on the pitch again soon.”

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Manchester City trashes all hopes of Leeds in 4-0 victory.

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Manchester City retook top spot in the Premier League from Liverpool after weathering a Leeds storm to win 4-0 at Elland Road on Saturday.

Rodri and Nathan Ake got the vital goals from set pieces on a day City needed to match the aggression of the home side before Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho sealed victory late on.

Pep Guardiola’s men edge one point ahead of the Reds once more with four games remaining for both sides.

The defeat leaves Leeds looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

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Burnley’s dramatic come-from-behind win at Watford earlier on Saturday pushed Jesse Marsch’s men down to 17th.

They still enjoy a five-point lead over Everton, but the Toffees have two games in hand to haul themselves out of trouble.

Leeds also appear to have the tougher run-in with Arsenal and Chelsea among their final four matches.

Guardiola clearly had one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Real Madrid as he made five changes from the side that beat the newly-crowned Spanish champions 4-3 in a thrilling semi-final, first leg on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez were among those left on the bench.

Joao Cancelo also returned to the back four after being suspended in midweek, but the Portuguese nearly gifted Leeds the lead inside five minutes.

Cancelo’s slip on the halfway line allowed Rodrigo to burst clear, but the Spanish international should have picked out the unmarked Raphinha rather than going for goal himself as his shot was easily blocked.

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Leeds were flying into tackles like a side battling for survival, but that aggression was their downfall for the opening goal.

Raheem Sterling was upended on the left wing and from the resulting free-kick Rodri headed home Phil Foden’s inviting free-kick.

Guardiola can ill afford more defensive injuries with Kyle Walker possibly ruled out for the season and John Stones struggling with a muscle problem.

Aymeric Laporte was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Robin Koch, but both players were controversially allowed to continue after receiving lengthy treatment.

Ake also went off in the second half, but by that point the Dutchman had made arguably his most telling contribution in nearly two seasons as a City player.

Ruben Dias headed Foden’s corner across goal and Ake turned home from close range to spark wild celebrations on the City bench.

Jesus then maintained his scoring streak by latching onto Foden’s pass to smash home his sixth goal in his last three games.

Fernandinho completed the rout and took City’s goal difference to within one of Liverpool’s with a sweet strike in stoppage time.

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Leicester ‘left with a choice’s after Leeds defeat.

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The second also had his fingerprints all over it with Youri Tielemans gobbling up the rebound from his diving header.

Back in November, Leicester City put in one of their best performances of the season, thrashing Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road.

The return fixture on Sunday was an altogether different affair, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side enacting their revenge with a deserved 3-1 victory.

So, what was the difference between the two encounters? Three words: Jamie Richard Vardy.

Planning for life without one of the club’s greatest ever players has been the spectre at the feast for some time for Leicester.

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Their contrasting fortunes against Leeds this season, with and without him in the side, saw the issue rear its ugly head again on Sunday.

In November’s contest, Vardy was directly involved in three of his side’s four goals. For Harvey Barnes’ opener he showed trademark composure to round Illan Meslier, before squaring it for his teammate to roll home.

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A hat-trick of goal contributions was then completed when he finished nicely after an unorthodox but brilliant pass from Cengiz Under.

This talismanic display was typical of Vardy over the past three seasons. During this time he has managed 52 goals and plenty more assists besides, as well as playing a key role in instigating his team’s press.

Despite some optimistic takes and an encouraging if slightly blunt attacking display against Everton, the impact of his absence was as significant as might be expected at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

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What made Leicester so effective against Leeds back in the autumn was Vardy’s ability to exploit the vast swathes of space left by Marcelo Bielsa’s charges, and on several occasions during Sunday’s game the Foxes’ counterattacks were screaming for some similarly intelligent runs in behind. However, Ayoze Perez, who has been drafted in to replace him in the last two games, is not naturally inclined to do this.

Instead with false nine Perez leading the line, the Foxes got plenty of Vardy-esque enthusiasm in the press but positionally, the players could not be more different. Instead of stretching things by sitting on the shoulder of the last defender, the Spaniard dropped off. This would have been fine if either Barnes and Marc Albrighton compensated by surging behind the Leeds back line. Unfortunately, none of them did, with both more comfortable running at defences with the ball at their feet.

James Maddison’s recent, increased appetite for goal also waned somewhat against the Whites, with his late surges into the box not coming anywhere near frequently enough.

The defeat to Leeds’ was the only the tenth Premier League game that Vardy has missed over the past three seasons. During this period, Leicester have won on just three occasions with two of those coming against poor West Ham and Newcastle teams last campaign. Damningly, without Vardy, Leicester have failed to beat newly-promoted Norwich, Fulham and now Leeds in the last two terms.

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Of course, his absence was not the sole reason for them floundering against the Whites. The loss should more likely be viewed as yet another reminder of just how tough life after Vardy could be for Leicester.

It also again suggested that Leicester’s current stand-ins are not of the necessary quality to replace him. This summer is going to be an important one for Leicester. Finding Vardy’s successor – or at least a capable understudy – seems like a task that cannot be put off any longer.

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Final Score: Leeds 3-4 Liverpool

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A fearless Leeds equalised three times before eventually losing to a late penalty from Mo Salah. That also completed a hat-trick for Salah, who looked extremely sharp. The same can’t be said of both defences, though that only added to the entertainment.

2020/2021 Premier League
4-3
Salah (4′ PEN)
Van Dijk (20′)
Salah (33′)
Salah (88′ PEN)
J. Harrison (12′)
P. Bamford (30′)
M. Klich (66′).


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

4′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Leeds United (Salah)

9′ OFFSIDE! Costa’s goal disallowed

12′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Leeds United (Harrison)

17′ Disallowed! Mane scores but Robertson challenged Keeper on offside position

20′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Leeds United (Van Dijk)

28′ CLOSE! Robertson nearly makes Strujik a own goal

30′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Leeds United (Bamford)

33′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-2 Leeds United (Salah)

40′ Mane’s double attempt blocked

49′ Meslier makes decent save to stop Wijnaldum

53′ Van Dijk’s header over the bar

59′ Subs! Fabinho in, Keita out

62′ Mane fires his shot into the sky

65′ Subs! Curtis Jones replaces Henderso

66′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-3 Leeds United (Klich)

75′ Curtis Jones goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

77′ CLOSE! Phillips’ free-kick nearly score

79′ Disallowed! Van Dijk scores but Curtis Jones has an earlier foul

82′ Alexander-Arnold’s lob almost score

88′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United (Salah)

89′ Subs! Matip in, Alexander-Arnold out

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Matip, Minamino, Origi, Fabinho, Curtis Jones

Leeds United XI: Pablo Hernández, M. Klich, Ayling, S. Dallas, Hélder Costa, P. Bamford, Koch, K. Phillips, J. Harrison, P. Struijk, I. Meslier

Subs: Kiko Casilla, Rodrigo, E. Alioski, T. Roberts, I. Poveda-Ocampo, J. Shackleton, O. Casey


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Leeds promoted to EPL

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Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League on Friday after West Bromwich Albion’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield ensured the Championship leaders will end their 16-year exile from the top-flight.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were able to celebrate promotion without kicking a ball as second placed Albion’s failure to take three points guaranteed Leeds will finish in the top two.

Leeds are five points clear at the top and they can clinch the Championship title with a draw against Derby at Pride Park on Sunday.

Albion’s defeat means third placed Brentford will reach the top-flight for the first time in 73 years if they win their last two games.

A tense 1-0 win over Barnsley at Elland Road, secured by Michael Sollbauer’s own goal, had moved Leeds to the brink of promotion on Thursday.

Now they can look forward to renewing old rivalries with Manchester United and Chelsea next season.

Bielsa has earned iconic status in west Yorkshire after the Leeds boss finally put his club back on the football map.

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Leeds are one of England’s biggest clubs, with their legion of fanatical fans following them around the country and regularly attracting home crowds of over 30,000 despite years of underachievement.

Their long-awaited return to the top tier completes a turbulent journey that saw them become a laughing stock when they languished in third tier obscurity.

Leeds have been away from the Premier League for so long that Twitter and Instagram didn’t exist the last time they played in the top-flight.

So it was fitting that Leeds winger Ezgjan Alioski took to Instagram to celebrate, writing: “The Whites are going up!”

Leeds went through 14 different managers following their 2004 relegation from the Premier League, until the sleeping giant was awoken by former Lazio and Marseille boss Bielsa.

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Bielsa has turned the tide at a tortured club infamously labelled the ‘Damned United’ by novelist David Peace and forever remembered as ‘Dirty Leeds’ in the minds of fans who saw their no-holds-barred style in the Don Revie era.

The 64-year-old Argentine led Leeds within touching distance of promotion in his first season, but they crumbled in the final weeks and were beaten in the play-of semi-finals by Derby.

WHAT A DAY

Notorious for working his players so hard in training that they often burn out by the end of the season, Bielsa has benefitted from the coronavirus hiatus allowing his players to come back refreshed for the final furlong of the promotion race this term.

Champions of England in 1969 and 1974 under Revie, then in 1992 when Howard Wilkinson called the shots, Leeds have a rich history.

But since being relegated from the top tier, Leeds have stumbled from financial disaster off the pitch to despair on it.

Describing the club’s ascent to the heady heights of the Champions League in the early 2000s, former chairman Peter Ridsdale claimed he had “lived the dream”.

Their subsequent fall was a never-ending nightmare that hit its lowest ebb in 2007 when Leeds went into administration and were relegated to the third tier for the first time.

No wonder the much-travelled Bielsa, nicknamed El Loco for his intense personality, is so beloved after just two years in charge.

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