MOT View: One Leeds match stands out above all others this season
Leeds United have been involved in some great matches this season but none of them compare to the breathtaking 5-4 win away at Birmingham in December.
Wingers Helder Costa and Jack Harrison got Leeds off to a flying start as they both scored to put the Whites 2-0 up within 21 minutes.
Pep Clotet’s side then found a way back into the match when wonderkid Jude Bellingham scored for Blues in the 27th minute.
Leeds went in at half-time 2-1 up against the Midlands club but had been comfortable for most of the first half and were still expected to walk away from St Andrew’s with all three points.
However that was thrown into doubt just after the hour mark as Lukas Jutkiewicz headed the ball past Kiko Casilla to equalise for Blues.
Leeds didn’t let Birmingham’s resurgence faze them and Luke Ayling managed to restore the Whites’ lead with the goal of the match when he sweetly struck the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Could Leeds hang on this time? The answer was no as Jérémie Bela then managed to make the score 3-3.
Surely there would be no more goals?
One minute after Bela scored for Blues, Ayling was back in the action again as he provided the assist for Stuart Dallas to put the Yorkshire giants back in front.
As the game headed into stoppage time, Jutkiewicz scored his second of the match as he bundled the ball past Casilla.
Birmingham looked as though they had done enough to earn a point against the promotion favourites but there was heartbreak for the hosts when Ayling’s low cross was stuck into the back of his own net by Wes Harding.
You dream about scoring last-minute winners – but not like that.
Harding’s own goal meant Leeds United won 5-4 to end a three-match streak without a victory.
It was a major win for the Whites and a really good look as to why Ayling has been one of the players of the season in the Championship this season.
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