Leeds 2-4 Derby (agg 3-4): Jack Marriott strikes late in six-goal thriller to stun 10-man hosts as Frank Lampard’s men edge closer to Premier League by setting up Wembley date with Aston Villa
- The home side strengthened their griphold on the tie when Stuart Dallas tapped in after a free-kick hit a post
- Jack Marriott equalised with his first touch just before half-time after a horrible mix-up at the back for Leeds
- Derby flipped the tie on its head early in the second half with Mason Mount finishing off a lovely team move
- Liam Cooper conceded a penalty for tugging Mason Bennett which Harry Wilson dispatched to make it 3-1
- Leeds’ Dallas produced a moment of genius to create space inside the box and find the corner of the net
- Gaetano Berardi was given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow for two poor challenges
- Marriott chipped over the Leeds goalkeeper with only five minutes left to put Derby in front on aggregate
Frank Lampard’s Derby have set up a Wembley date with Aston Villa after staging a stunning comeback in a six-goal thriller at Elland Road.
Leeds strengthened their griphold on the tie by taking the lead after 23 minutes when Kalvin Phillips’ inviting free-kick hit the post and bounced back out into the six-yard box for Stuart Dallas to gobble up and tuck into an empty net.
Jack Marriot benefited from a mix-up at the back to eqaulise on the stroke of half-time with his first touch since coming on for Duane Holmes.
Derby came firing out the blocks in the second half. Richard Keogh stepped forward into midfield and found Tom Lawrence, who in turn turned the ball into Mason Mount’s path. The on loan Chelsea star stepped inside a defender, and keeping his balance and cool, dinked a shot over the flailing Kiko Casilla to level the scores on aggregate.
Minutes later Liam Cooper, who had been at fault for Derby’s first, was penalised for tugging back Mason Bennett in the penalty area. Harry Wilson stayed composed to send Casilla the wrong way and suddenly put Derby in the ascendancy.
The game took another turn when Dallas produced a moment of genius to step inside two defenders, creating space to curl into the far corner.
Gaetano Berardi left his side in the lurch with 12 minutes to go when he saw red for two yellows. The defender, who was already on the booking, made two rash challenges right under the referee’s nose and was duly given his marching orders.
Marriott delightfully chipped over Casilla to secure a spot in the final for Derby.
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Leeds took the lead through Stuart Dallas, who tapped the ball into an empty net after a free-kick clipped the post
The winger peeled away in jubilation and dived on the floor to celebrate after giving the home side the lead at Elland Road
Leeds defender Liam Cooper and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla get in a terrible mix-up as they both tried to deal with the danger
Jack Marriot pounced on the error to slot the ball into an empty net with his first touch since coming off from the bench
Mason Mount puts his fingers to his lips to silence the home supporters after scoring Derby’s second goal
Harry Wilson kept his cool to dispatch a spot kick and put Derby in front on aggregate for the first time in the tie
Leeds roared back and levelled the scores on aggregate after Dallas’ mazy run and superb finish into the corner
The home side were reduced to 10 men with just 12 minutes remaining after Gaetano Berardi saw red for two yellow cards
Derby striker Marriott produced a cool chipped finish late on to secure victory and book Derby’s place in the play-off final
Derby manager Frank Lampard and his staff celebrate wildly on the touchline after Marriott’s late strike
Leeds (4-1-2-2-1): Casilla, Dallas, Cooper, Berardi, Ayling, Phillips, Klich, Shackleton, Harrison, Hernandez, Bamford;
Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Jansson, Brown, Clarke, Struijk, Gotts, Bogusz
Scorers: Dallas (23, 62)
Booked: Hernandez, Phillips, Bamford, Cooper, Berardi
Sent off: Berardi (78)
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Derby (4-2-3-1): Roos, Malone, Tomori, Keogh, Bogle, Holmes, Johnson, Lawrence, Mount, Wilson, Bennett (Huddlestone 59);
Subs not used: Carson, Jozefzoon, Marriot, Evans, Cole, Knight
Scorers: Marriot (44, 85), Mount (46), Wilson (58)
Booked: Tomori, Malone, Lawrence, Mount
Sent off: Malone (90)
Manager: Frank Lampard
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Kiko Casilla (left) flaps at a ball delivered into the box as Gaetano Berardi grapples with Derby striker Jack Marriott
Leeds players look dejected after Derby scored their third goal from the penalty spot on Wednesday evening
Luke Ayling tries to turn the ball goalwards on the stretch but just can’t get the ball on target from a tight angle
Derby defender Malone makes an imperative block to deny Pablo Hernandez from close and keep the away side ahead
Derby manager Frank Lampard boots a water bottle after his side netter their second goal at Elland Road
Hernandez holds his hands over his face as he lies on the floor after colliding with Derby left back Scott Malone
Patrick Bamford shows a good turn of pace to escape the attention of Derby centre back Fikayo Tomori during the first half
Leeds defender Ayling catches Tom Lawrence high with his boot as the pair compete for possession of the ball
A sea of Leeds supporters hold up ‘We are Leeds’ scarves in the stands prior to Wednesday evening’s play-off clash