Graham Smyth's Leeds United player ratings v Plymouth Argyle as seven men score 8/10 but one 6
Goals from Dan James and Joel Piroe had a dominant Whites 2-0 up at the interval and Leeds then squandered plenty of chances to add to their tally before Plymouth created a nervy conclusion as Ben Waine struck with six minutes left.
Leeds, though, had done enough for another victory which closed the gap on leaders Leicester City to eight points after the Foxes lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough for whom Whites loanee Sam Greenwood bagged the only goal of the game.
The game also featured an injury return for Junior Firpo who replaced Sam Byram as a second-half substitute after Byram himself went down needing treatment although Byram walked down the tunnel unaided after coming off.
Graham Smyth, the YEP’s chief football writer, hands out the scores from a ninth victory of the Championship season for Daniel Farke’s third-placed Whites who are now eight points behind both second-placed Ipswich Town and leaders Leicester.
Copenhagen grabbed a crucial point in a 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich on Wednesday as more VAR handball controversy erupted in the Champions League.Despite Bayern dropping points in the Champions League group stages at home for the first time since 2018, the German champions qualify for the last 16 in first place.
Manchester United have scored nine goals in three Champions League away matches, and not won any of them. That is more than Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Inter Milan, Real Sociedad and PSV Eindhoven, all of whom have already qualified for the knockout stages, have each scored in five games in the competition this term.
Newcastle United were denied one of the most famous victories in their European history against Paris St-Germain by a hugely controversial injury-time penalty labelled a “disgrace” and a “robbery” by pundits.
Owen Farrell decided to step back from England duties to protect his and his family’s mental health after the pressure of international captaincy, including being booed by his own fans, became overbearing.
Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts West Ham United and Brighton can all clinch spots in the knockout phase of the Europa League this Thursday with a round of group games to spare, while troubled Ajax face elimination from the competition.Beaten Europa League finalists in 2022, Rangers have a chance to qualify this Thursday if they win at home to Aris Limassol of Cyprus in Group C.
Rangers have an impressive record at home in the Europa League, winning seven and drawing one of their
The cross was delivered by Bukayo Saka, and the finishing touch was provided by Kai Havertz, but Arsenal’s winner at Brentford would never have materialised without the work of Martin Odegaard in the build-up.
Courtney Lawes has revealed he is prepared to come out of international retirement if asked to play for the British and Irish Lions for the tour of Australia in 2025 – but has ruled out answering an SOS call for England.