A stoppage-time penalty from Brazilian winger Raphinha earned Leeds United a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace yesterday, on Tuesday. In Premier League football news, Raphina’s late goal saved Leeds, as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.
The result left Crystal Palace 12th in the English Premier League standings after still having 16 points from 14 games.
On the other hand, Leeds moved two places up to 15th place with 15 points. This is after they won marginally yesterday, grounding out their third league win of the season.
Raphinha stroked his penalty past visiting goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Leeds won the spot-kick, and thus the match, following a VAR check after centre back Marc Guehi handled a corner.
Premier League Football News – Raphina’s Late Goal Saved Leeds
After a dull first half devoid of any chances, Leeds’ Rodrigo dragged a Daniel James cross from the left. Rodrigo sent it flying well wide of the near post in the 53rd minute. He thus failed to turn and get a shot on target.
Christian Benteke then missed a pair of sitters for Crystal Palace, heading the ball wide at the far post.
Then, home keeper Illan Meslier scrambled to smother the striker’s feeble close-range shot on the line.
And those misses proved costly for the visitors after the ball hit Guehi’s outstretched arm deep into stoppage time.
For this foul, Raphinha made no mistake with his penalty strike and delighted the home fans at Elland Road.
Palace manager Patrick Vieira felt disappointment over his squad’s performance.
“I’m frustrated because we were the better team and when you don’t put away your chances, you know you can get punished,” the former France midfielder told the BBC.
“We just have to accept the result. Some of the games have gone in our favour, tonight it didn’t. We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.”