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Raphina Celebrated Staying In The Premier League With The Fans

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Raphina Celebrated Staying In The Premier League With The Fans

Leeds United striker Raphina helped keep his team in the Premier League, on a dramatic final day of the season, and then got into the stands to celebrate with the fans.

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Leeds task looked tough going into Sunday's game, after Burnley's midweek draw with Aston Villa had taken the Clarets out of the bottom three.

No side had climbed out of the top tier's drop zone on the last day of the season in 11 years, showing how tough the task for Jesse Marsch's team was.

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With the pressure on, Leeds beat Brentford 2-1, whilst Burnley lost by the same scoreline against Newcastle United, to keep them in the league.

Raphinha was the one who first put Marsch's side ahead, scoring from the penalty spot in the 56th minute, and after full time the Brazilian was in the stands celebrating.

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The forward had won the spot kick when David Raya's clearance went straight to Raphina and the keeper then brought him down trying to make up for the error.

Raphina then scored from the spot, putting Leeds in the driving seat in the race for survival, that was because a penalty at Burnley had put Newcastle ahead in the 20th minute, from Callum Wilson.

The Magpies doubled their lead in the 60th minute, but there was soon tension for Leeds as goals in both games put them back under pressure.

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First Max Cornet pulled one back for Mike Jackson's team in the 69th minute, before Sergi Canos equalised for Brentford in the 78th minute, taking off his shirt to celebrate and picking up a yellow card.

Raphina celebrates with the fans. Image: PA Images
Raphina celebrates with the fans. Image: PA Images

The two goals meant Leeds were just one goal, for either Burnley or Brentford, to being back in the bottom three, with not long left.

However, two minutes after scoring, Canos was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, taking the Bees down to nine men.

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Jack Harrison then scored in the 94th minute and the final whistles in both games brought scenes of jubilation in the away end at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/PA

Topics: Premier League, Leeds United, Brentford

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