Report: Brentford 1-2 Leeds United
The Whites are staying up!
Brentford 1 (Canos 77’)
Leeds United 2 (Raphinha 56’ pen, Harrison 90’)
Brentford: Raya (GK), Henry (Canos 63’), Jensen (Dasilva 58’), Wissa, Toney, Jansson (C), Mbeumo, Ajer, Eriksen, Janelt, Sorensen (Baptiste 70’). Subs not used: Fernandez (GK), Onyeka, Jeanvier, Roerslev, Stevens, Young-Coombes.
Leeds: Meslier (GK), Firpo, Koch, Cooper (C), Raphinha, Llorente, Rodrigo, Harrison, Gelhardt (Struijk 71’), Greenwood (Klich 85’). Subs not used: Klaesson (GK), Roberts, Bate, Hjelde, Cresswell, Shackleton, Gray.
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
Referee: Paul Tierney
Booked: Raya, Canos (Brentford) Phillips (Leeds)
Sent-off: Canos (Brentford)
A last minute winner from Jack Harrison sparked utter scenes from all connected with Leeds United, as the three points moved the Whites out of the relegation zone and ensured Premier League football for next season!
Raphinha had opened the scoring for United in the second half, before the Bees hit back to cause concern as the match approached its conclusion. However, Harrison’s winner was enough and with results elsewhere going in favour of Leeds, safety was confirmed.
Going into the game, Jesse Marsch’s side knew they had to better the result of Burnley if they wanted to stay in the division for next season. The Clarets were at home to Newcastle United, knowing a win would be enough to secure their survival.
As expected, it was a nervy opening in West London, with a couple of close moments in the first 10 minutes of the match. However, nothing came of them and Leeds started to get onto the ball and grow into the match.
Two close moments did come in the game, one at either end. Dangerous crosses into the box from Harrison for Leeds and Christian Eriksen for Brentford caused chaos in the respective boxes, but nobody was there to turn home.
A better chance came for Leeds inside 20 minutes. Some really calm approach play which saw a number of passes around the pitch, set Sam Greenwood free to run into the box, but the forward struck over the bar.
Just minutes later, the ball did go into the back of the net but the celebrations were cruelly cut short after VAR disallowed the goal. Greenwood turned provider this time for Joe Gelhardt, who ran through and finished brilliantly, but it remained goalless after the check.
Illan Meslier was forced to make a good save for the first time in the match, with 10 minutes until the interval. Bryan Mbeumo tricked his way into the box before pulling the ball back for Mathias Jensen, who then saw his chipped attempt turned over the bar by the ‘keeper.
Mbeumo had a chance of his own before the interval and it was the best of the game for his side. Again, he broke free into the box and when one-on-one with Meslier, dragged his right-footed effort wide.
That was to the be the last opportunity before the break, meaning the teams went in goalless, but the Whites were out of the relegation zone as things stood due to Burnley losing at home to Newcastle.
HALF TIME: Brentford 0-0 Leeds United
The two teams came out unchanged for the second half at the Brentford Community Stadium and in a similar way to the first had finished, Mbeumo had the first chance, curling straight into the arms of Meslier.
Through Raphinha, Leeds then created a huge chance of their own. The Brazilian played a clever ball through the middle which Rodrigo collected well and struck right-footed, but David Raya was well positioned to make the save.
Just before the hour mark, the ever-loud pocket of Leeds United fans erupted in the far corner of West London which they had been housed in. After being brought down for a penalty by Raya, Raphinha stepped up and superbly slotted home from the spot to put Leeds ahead.
With news coming through previously from Turf Moor that Newcastle had taken a two-goal advantage, hopes of staying in the Premier League had risen.
However, celebrations were put on hold in the 77th minute. After coming on off the bench for the home side, Sergi Canos was found in space at the back post to head into the far corner and level the scores at one-apiece.
The goalscorer Canos was booked for his celebrations, before then fouling Raphinha on the attack meaning he received his second yellow card just moments and was sent off. Due to an injury moments early to Kristoffer Ajer, that meant Brentford would play out the final 10 minutes with nine players.
A number of attacks were exchanged at either end with the game level, with nine-man Brentford still going forward themselves. However, neither team could cause much trouble as the match entered stoppage time.
Picking up the ball on the edge of the area, Harrison smashed home into the bottom corner to cause delirium and that goal meant the Whites would be safe from relegation - ending the 2021/22 season in 17th place!
FULL TIME: Brentford 1-2 Leeds United
👊 This. Team. Never. Gives. Up. pic.twitter.com/Xf00JZHFG3— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 22, 2022