Leeds United 4-0 Norwich City (4-0 Agg): Daniel Farke's Side Beat the Canaries to Reach the Championship Play-off Final - Latest Global News

Leeds United 4-0 Norwich City (4-0 Agg): Daniel Farke’s Side Beat the Canaries to Reach the Championship Play-off Final

Leeds reached the Sky Bet Championship play-off final when they beat Norwich 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final.

After a goalless draw at Carrow Road on Sunday, Leeds blew away their opponents in Thursday night’s second leg at home to Elland Road and secured a place at Wembley.

First-half goals from Ilia Gruev, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter put them on the right track, while Crysencio contributed to Summerville’s defeat after the break.

On Sunday May 26th they will face Southampton or West Brom for a place in next season’s Premier League.

Leeds shine at the big opportunity and move closer to returning to the PL

Leeds United’s Ilia Gruev celebrates the goal

It was the perfect nerve-calming start for Leeds. They were ahead just seven minutes later when Gruev’s brilliant, quickly taken free-kick completely bypassed Angus Gunn in the Norwich goal. He was expecting a cross and was wrong-footed when he saw the ball sneak in at the near post from 25 yards.

After 20 minutes they doubled their lead. Again, Gunn would not have been happy with his role as he failed to decisively conquer Wilfried Gnonto’s cross, allowing Piroe to head the ball and find the back of the net.

Norwich should have been back in the game two minutes later as Ethan Ampadu’s slip gave Josh Sargent a chance to score. The striker has been very determined all season, but this time he was denied by the onrushing Illan Meslier, who stood tall and made a save.

And the Canaries would rue that miss even more in the 41st minute when Crysencio Summerville set up Rutter, who thundered Leeds’ third goal off the underside of the crossbar.

Things went from bad to worse for Norwich at the start of the second half when Sargent, their team’s number 9, was forced off due to injury. And it became another nightmare and a Leeds dream when Summerville scored their fourth, driving in from close range after Gunn had bundled Junior Firpo’s cross into his path.

A magical night for Leeds: all the goals

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Ilia Gruev gave Leeds an early lead when his clever free-kick caught Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn

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Joel Piroe heads in from Willy Gnonto’s cross to give Leeds a 2-0 lead

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Georginio Rutter does it for the third time

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Crysencio Summerville scores after a cutback from Junior Firpo into the empty net to make it 4-0

Lucky for the sixth time? Can Leeds finally end their play-off hype?

Simeon Gholam, Sky Sports EFL editor:

“Any fears of a play-off semi-final nightmare like the one against Derby five years ago were quickly dispelled at Elland Road.

“Leeds went for the jugular early on and rarely let up. They simply blew Norwich away with a bombastic first half. It was one of her best performances of the season and it came at the perfect time.”

“Can you go to Wembley now and take another step? Your record suggests that no. But history is there to be changed and bad records are there to be broken.”

“If they play like they did on Thursday night at the National Stadium, nobody will be able to cope with them.”

Leeds have previously appeared in the EFL play-offs five times and failed to secure promotion once.

  • 1986/87 – Defeat in the Division Two (now Championship) final over two games against Charlton Athletic. This happened before the final was played at Wembley Stadium on a one-off basis.
  • 2005/06 – Lost in the Championship final to Watford 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
  • 2007/08 – League One final defeat to Doncaster at Wembley.
  • 2008/09 – League One semi-final defeat to Millwall.
  • 2018/19 – Championship semi-final defeat to Derby County.
  • 2023/24 – in the championship final at Wembley Stadium

What’s next?

Leeds reach the play-off final of the Sky Bet Championship, where they face each other West Brom or Southampton live at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, May 26th Sky Sports Football.

Norwich will remain in the second division for the 2024/25 season.

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