Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa: The Whites and Marcelo Bielsa love a bit of controversy and Aston Villa found themselves right in the mixer on Sunday.
On paper, it may have looked like a run-of-the-mill draw between two promotion-chasing sides, but in reality, it was very, very unusual.
The hosts grabbed the lead via midfielder Mateusz Klich in extremely controversial circumstances on 72 minutes after youngster Tyler Roberts failed (or chose not to) to kick the ball out of play, with Johnathan Kodjia down injured, something the visitors had done earlier in the half.
Sportsmanship out of the window at this point.
In the ensuing melee in which handbags were swung, hair pulled, fists thrown (apparently) and embarrassing dives taken, Anwar El Ghazi was shown a red and Conor Hourihane booked as the Dean Smith’s men contested the opener. For good reason, really.
The cards were received in vain, however, as the hosts allowed their opponents to wander up the field and bag an absolute corker through Albert Adomah, whose quick feet left Leeds defenders for dead. Ahem.
Not sure Pontus Jansson understands the meaning of fair play and sportsmanship, as he tried he best to stop the freebie from going in.
Leeds could have won the game fairly if it was not for the tremendous efforts of the travelling Villa players. Man of the Match Tyrone Mings cleared one goal-bound effort off the line while the injured Jed Steer saved well to deny Pablo Hernandez at the last.
Although Mings claimed the Man of the Match award, Axel Tuanzebe was not far off with his own performance.
The Manchester United loanee was apparently (according to the Sun via HITC) watched by United representatives from the stands on Sunday and was clearly in the mood to impressive. A mightily impressive performance in defence, denying the supremely talented Pablo Hernandez and co. was made all the more impressive by a number of marauding up the field to offer an attacking outlet, like fellow Premier League player Tyrone Mings.
The kind of effort and passion he displayed despite only being at the club temporarily in exactly what Dean Smith will be after heading into the play-offs.
In his current form, the youngster will be dearly missed next season, we are sure.
Aston Villa fans, do you agree with our assessment? How much will you miss Tuanzebe next year? Let us know in the comments below…
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