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Chelsea
Leeds United

Wednesday 28th February 2024, 7:30pm | FA Cup, 5th Round
Stamford Bridge | Attendance: 37,892

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: David Coote

Conor Gallagher's last minute strike knocked Leeds out of the FA Cup, denying them a mouth watering home tie with Leicester City in the last eight. The Whites gave a great account of themselves, especially having fielded a weakened side without strike quartet Gnonto, Bamford, Summerville or Rutter. If anyone thought that would make them any less dangerous in advanced areas, than Mateo Joseph clearly hadn't read the script. The 20 year old sensationally bagged himself a brace in his first ever start for the Whites His pace, predatory instinct and bags of energy made him a constant threat to a somewhat lethargic Chelsea back line.

He fired Leeds ahead after just eight minutes after Chelsea made a hash of trying to play out from the back, (thanks to Gray). Their lead would only last seven minutes. Caicedo's through ball sliced the Leeds defence wide open, allowing Nicolas Jackson to nip in, get the better of Liam Cooper, and slot home, much to the relief of their under fire boss Mauricio Pochettino. As the half wore on, the hosts took a grip on the game and went ahead five minutes before the break, with a sublime finish from Mykhailo Mudryk; but even after having the game turned on it's head, Leeds weren't ready to throw in the towel!

Farke's men were much the better side after the break. Chelsea were happy to sit back and invite pressure, and learnt the hard way - you just can't do that to this Leeds side. The Whites well earnt equaliser came on the hour mark, with Joseph heading Jaidon Anthony's inch perfect cross across goal. It was a long time coming, and Pochettino had to throw his big guns on, to get his side back in the game.

Just as it looked the game was heading into extra time, and possible penalties, Conor Gallagher's last minute winner finally put the game to bed for the top flight outfit. It was a valiant display, but for now at least, Leeds have more important things to worry about, starting with a Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield on Saturday lunchtime.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Roberts, Connor
Defender
Firpo, Junior
Defender
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Captain
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Gnonto
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Summerville
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Piroe
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
James
Klaesson, Kristoffer
Goalkeeper
van den Heuvel, Dani
Goalkeeper
Byram, Sam
Defender
Cresswell, Charlie
Defender
Shackleton, Jamie
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Leeds United 3-1 Leicester City (23rd Feb 2024)


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