The Six Minutes Of Madness In Leeds United Vs Aston Villa
The Championship is one of the most entertaining and exciting leagues in world football but no one could have expected what happened in the game between Leeds United and Aston Villa on Sunday.
Just when you think you've seen everything in football the sport has a funny way of throwing up the unexpected.
On Sunday afternoon Leeds United hosted Aston Villa in a game that the hosts needed to win to keep alive any slim hopes they had left of gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa's side were six points behind Sheffield United with two games left, the Blades only had one game to go, but the goal difference made it difficult for the chasing team.
Villa had won 10 games in a row going into the game and had sealed their place in the play offs, despite all that the win clearly meant a lot to both sides.
Leeds took the lead controversially in the 72nd minute when Villa felt they should have kicked the ball out because Jonathan Kodjia was down injured and it all kicked off:
The most controversial goal of the season, bar NONE! :astonished:- Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 28, 2019
Leeds United score whilst Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia is down injured ￼
A mass brawl kicks off! :punch:
Anwar El Ghazi gets sent off :red_circle: pic.twitter.com/BHbLhr2uGb
The incident led to Villa's Anwar El Ghazi being sent off for an altercation with Patrick Bamford but the Leeds striker did make a lot of the situation, holding his face.
With arguments going on with players, officials and staff on the sidelines Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa told his players to let Villa score an equaliser.
Even that wasn't all as it seemed as defender Pontus Jansson tried to stop Albert Adomah from equalising and it all kicked off again:
The most incredible scenes we have EVER seen! You need to see this to believe it :astonished:- Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 28, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa makes his team let Aston Villa score after Leeds United scored extremely controversially!
The game then finished 1-1, thanks to the two controversial goals, and the draw confirmed that Sheffield United would join Norwich, who confirmed their promotion, in the Premier League next season.
Villa and Leeds could meet again in a few weeks in the play-offs.