Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Bamford back in EPL with late equalizer for Leeds

LEEDS, England (AP) – Patrick Bamford made his first appearance in more than two months with an equalizer in the fifth minute of extra time to guide Leeds to a 2-2 draw at home to Brentford in the Premier League on Sunday. .

The England striker came off the bench in the 68th minute and pulled his outstretched knee out of the pass after being caught on a flick-on by Luke Eyling from a corner.

After Tyler Roberts’ 27th-minute opener, Brentford struck twice in seven second-half minutes through Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos.

For the second straight game, Leeds scored on time – Rafinha scored a penalty to seal a win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Leeds suffered an early blow when captain Liam Cooper caught his hamstring and closed it after an awkward fall in the 13th minute. Manager Marcelo Bielsa replaced Junior Firpo in the central defense and sent Jack Harrison into the slot on the left.

The Leeds players had won dangerously without conceding any clear chances on several occasions before Cooper’s return, but began to push themselves soon after and took the lead with their first attempt to score in the 27th. .

Rafinha popped up to the left and, after his initial cross was driven straight back at him by former Leeds defender Pontas Jansson, the Brazilian sent another ball, this time short, and Roberts next to home to his first goal since. Slipped in – Last match of last season.

It was Roberts’ first goal at Elland Road since July 2020 and it appeared to boost his confidence.

He fired in a drive at the end of another wide Leeds attack, with Brentford goalkeeper lvaro Fernández tipping the shot, and then sending a dangerous ball in front of goal.

Calvin Phillips hit a shot over the crossbar as Leeds continued to push the visitors back and the same pattern resumed at the start of the second half.

Fernandez’s one-arm defense kept Ayling’s header out after Rafinha’s excellent free kick, but Leeds soon came back.

Rico Henry broke free to the left and, when Cano’s cross was tipped towards Baptiste, the Brentford forward found the bottom corner clean.

Leeds suffered another injury as Phillips was forced to withdraw and Brentford advanced to 61st.

Brian Mbumo’s clever home defense inside the box made the wrong move, and Canoes leapt into the roof of the net for an unassailable shot.

Leeds was in complete control and suddenly faltered. Bamford, back from injury, made his first appearance off the bench since mid-September and the hosts began to regroup themselves.

Stuart Dallas’s curling effort was saved by Fernandez, who then held Roberts’ long-range shot, but Bamford saved Leeds with seconds.


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