Aston Villa and Leeds United were split by 1 x 1 in the English Championship on Sunday. The game will not be remembered because of the result, but how it came about. According to instructions from Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa, his team gave the opponent compensation.
The hosts took the lead from Polish compatriot Mateusz Klich in the 72nd minute. At that time, however, the striker of Villa Jonathan Kodjia was injured on the ground. However, Leeds ignored the fierce protests of the guests who no longer acted to stop the game and completed the assault action to 1-0.
This was followed by five minutes with scoring that resulted in the player being excluded from Villa Anwar El Ghazi for an alleged robbery. Bielsa urged his players after the urge not to act. This led to a bizarre scene as Albert Adomah ran over half the field and hit the empty goal. Only Leeds captain Pontus Jansson ignored the coach but could not stop the goal.
Bielsa invokes fair play thoughts
After the game, Villa President Dean Smith said that Klich apologized for his goal. "Great compliment to Leeds and coach Bielsa who have corrected the result. It was a good football game so far," said Smith. Bielsa justified his behavior with the idea of fair play. "We gave them the goal back because English football is known for its sportiness, so I do not have to substantiate my decision," said the 63-year-old Argentine.
With the draw Leeds are still in third place but have no chance of direct promotion to the Premier League. Like Aston Villa, however, the team is one of the top six teams and therefore qualified for the knockout stages in which the promoted third is played. Meanwhile, Sheffield United is Norfolk's second climber after a 2-0 win over Ipswich Town, returning to the English House of Lords after 12 years.