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7 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 1 July 2020 ** Sport Championsh­ip Alioski inspires jittery Leeds to rescue vital point at Elland Road By Ian Whittell tion of Hernandez on the hour, they were level on 62 minutes after Alioski slid a pass into the Luton area. For once, the visitors’ defence switched off, failed to intercept the ball and left the unmarked Dallas with the opportunit­y to guide the ball past goalkeeper Sluga from eight yards. Alioski almost laid on a second, after 74 minutes, but Patrick Bamford shot into the side-netting. Tyler Roberts then produced an even worse miss, again from an Alioski set-up, in the dying minutes. Luton manager Nathan Jones had a touchline argument with Hernandez and sought him out for a post-match apology. “We had an argument in his native tongue and I apologised. I probably said something I should not have and wanted to make sure I spoke to him – it was my fault,” said Jones. 1 Leeds United Luton Town Dallas 62 1 Cornick 50 For the second time this week, Ezgjan Alioski came off the Leeds bench to help his side take another tense step towards their target of promotion back to the Premier League, although manager Marcelo Bielsa was left unimpresse­d as his team dropped two more points. Alioski laid on the equaliser for Stuart Dallas that cancelled out Luton’s surprise opening goal from Harry Cornick. Leeds missed a long string of chances during an improved second half display, leaving Bielsa to lament: “We lost two points which is very difficult to take. We missed 15 chances on goal but football is like that, it can happen. “It is a pity for us because we lost five points since the lockdown that weren’t difficult to win.” In the crucial weekend win over Fulham, Bielsa had responded to a Relief: Stuart Dallas hits the target to salvage a point for Leeds as they struggled to overcome Luton despite waves of second-half attacks Leeds United (4-1-4-1) Meslier; Ayling, White, Cooper (Berardi 12; Alioski ht), Dallas (Shackleton 90); Phillips; Costa, Klich (Hernandez 61), Roberts, Harrison; Bamford. Miazek (g), Douglas, Poveda, Struijk, Gotts. (5-3-2) Sluga; Bree, Pearson, Carter-Vickers, Bradley, Potts; Tunnicliff­e, Cranie (Collins 64), Mpanzu; McManaman (Cornick 45), Hylton (Bolton 64). Shea (g), Butterfiel­d, Lee, Shinnie, Moncur, Brown. Carter-Vickers, Potts, Collins, McManaman, Cornick John Brooks (Leicesters­hire). Ryan Tunnicliff­e sending substitute Cornick away and his finish, almost side-footed into the top corner, was sublime. Leeds’ response was predictabl­y strong. On 52 minutes, a Kalvin Phillips free-kick forced goalkeeper Simon Sluga to parry the ball and then recover to make an even better stop from Alioski’s follow-up. When Helder Costa put a third attempt wide, Leeds’ frustratio­ns were tangible. Fortunatel­y for them, and following the introduc- lacklustre first half by bringing on Alioski and Pablo Hernandez at the interval, to devastatin­g effect. Now, in similar circumstan­ces, Alioski was again thrown into the action. But, within five minutes of the restart, Luton countered, with Subs Luton Town Subs Booked Referee Fulham rally to keep promotion drive on course Fourth win in row for Brentford Round-up at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium By John Aizlewood sandar Mitrovic, traditiona­lly brittle Fulham showed new-found resilience and character to take three points. The Premier League remains in reach. Both teams kicked off without a point or goal between them since resumption. But 50 seconds in, Jordan Hugill rose above Tim Ream to head Ryan Manning’s cross beyond Marek Rodek. The lead lasted for 20 minutes before Harry Arter cut in past a heavy-legged Manning and let fly. As stagnation threatened to take above the drop zone after they lost 3-0 at whose win came courtesy of a Jack Butland own goal and a double from Kai Naismith. hopes of consolidat­ing their place in the play-offs were dented when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by failed to make ground on their Welsh rivals when they drew 1-1 at Mason Bennett fired the hosts ahead in the first half, but Rhian Brewster’s free-kick forced an own-goal from goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski hold, Fulham won it. Josh Onomah squared to Cyrus Christie. The home defence backed off and the Ireland internatio­nal launched an unstoppabl­e strike that flew past Liam Kelly. Wigan, Brentford moved to within two points of the Championsh­ip’s automatic promotion places with a 3-0 victory at Reading, Bryan Mbeumo Josh Dasilva and Joel Valencia on target to secure their fourth successive league victory. boosted their chances of climbing out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 home victory over Connor Chaplin and Jacob Brown their scorers. are still hovering just QPR Fulham Cardiff ’s Hugill 1 Queens Park Rangers (4-2-3-1): Kelly 5; Kane 6 (Shodipo, 79), Kakay 7, Cameron 6, Barbet 6; Manning 6, Amos 6; Ball 5 (Chair, 90), Eze 7, Osayi-Samuel 7 (Oteh, 79); Hugill 7 Lumley (gk), Rangel, Masterson, Bettache, Gubbins, Clarke Hugill, Kakay (3-4-3) Rodek 6; Hector 7, Odoi 6, Ream 6; Christie 7, Cairney 6 (Sessegnon, 90+2), Arter 6 (Onomoah, 70), Reed 6; Knockeart 6 (Bryan, 70), Decordova-Reid 6 (La Marchand, 79), Cavaliero 6 (McDonald, 90+2) Bettinelli, Johansen, De La Torre, Jasper Christie, Cairney, Knockaert Gavin Ward (Surrey). Charlton. Swansea Subs Arter 21, Christie 75 Barnsley Booked Fulham Millwall. It was not pretty, but it was effective. A goal down to their neighbours Queens Park Rangers after less than a minute and without their outstandin­g contributo­r Alek- Blackburn, Subs Booked: Referee Stoke Database Villa to review transfer policy Messi notches 700th goal but Barca slip up Premier League Barnsley Blackburn (0) 2 Chaplin 58, Brown 76 (0) 0 Brighton Man Utd (0) 0 (2) 3 Greenwood 16 Bruno Fernandes 29 50 Cardiff Leeds Utd Charlton Luton (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 1 Cornick 50 By John Percy By Richard Martin in Barcelona Dallas 63 (1) 1 Bennett 21 (1) 1 Hugill 1 Sky Bet Championsh­ip Millwall Swansea (0) 1 Bialkowski 66 og Aston Villa will launch a review of their recruitmen­t and scouting strategy at the end of the season, following a £135million spend on their return to the Premier League. The future of Jesus Garcia Pitarch, the sporting director, is understood to be under scrutiny regardless of whether the club avoid relegation. The Spaniard was at the forefront of a huge recruitmen­t drive last summer, with 12 new players signed after Villa achieved promotion via the play-offs. Wesley, the Brazilian forward, and England internatio­nal Tyrone Mings were the two most expensive recruits at around £21million each, while other signings, including Douglas Luiz (£15 million), Ezri Konsa (£12 million) and Matt Targett (£11.5million), took the initial spend to £127 million. Villa spent £8.5 million on Tanzania internatio­nal Mbwana Samatta in January, Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal for club and country last night before Atletico Madrid came back to draw 2-2 in the Spanish league and deal Barcelona’s title hopes a major blow. Barca are a point behind leaders Real Madrid, who host Getafe tomorrow. Barcelona went ahead in the 11th minute when Atletico striker Diego Costa redirected a corner by Messi into his own net before Atletico levelled with a Saul Niguez penalty. Messi restored the hosts’ lead in 56th by coolly scoring a “Panenka” spot kick, chipping the ball softly over Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The goal was Messi’s 630th club goal to go with 70 for Argentina. It was also his 22nd league goal of the season. Atletico drew level again with another Niguez penalty after Nelson Semedo had tripped Yannick Carrasco. with Pepe Reina and Danny Drinkwater joining on loan from AC Milan and Chelsea respective­ly. Drinkwater has signed a loan extension for the rest of the campaign. Villa’s recruitmen­t has come under the microscope as they battle to avoid the drop – they are second from bottom – with a number of the signings struggling to impress. Ahead of the home game against Chelsea last month, Dean Smith, the manager, addressed the club’s transfer policy. “We made an awful lot of changes in the summer and they had to be done,” he said. “We had 11 players after our play-off final game. Four of the 11 who started were loanees and a lot were out of contract. We had to make changes.” Pitarch, who previously worked at Valencia and Atletico Madrid, was appointed with the Birmingham club intent on introducin­g a continenta­l infrastruc­ture. HOME AWAY Pts P W D L F A W D L F A GD QPR Fulham (1) 2 Arter 21 Christie 75 Leeds Utd West Brom Brentford Fulham Nottm Forest Cardiff Preston N E Swansea Derby Cnty Blackburn Millwall Bristol City Sheff Wed Wigan QPR Reading Birmingham 39 Charlton 40 Middlesbro­ugh 39 Stoke 40 Hull 39 Huddersfie­ld 39 Barnsley 40 Luton 40 40 12 5 3 30 14 10 4 6 30 19 27 75 39 8 8 3 36 23 11 6 3 28 15 26 71 Reading Brentford (0) 0 (1) 3 Mbeumo 23, Da Silva 64 Valencia 90 40 11 5 3 37 15 9 4 8 33 18 37 69 40 12 2 6 32 23 7 8 5 22 21 10 67 39 9 4 6 23 20 8 9 3 29 20 12 64 Wigan Stoke (1) 3 Butland 40 og Naismith 65 68 Leganes 0 Sevilla 3-Mallorca 5 Celta Vigo 1-Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 2. Genoa 1 Juventus 3-Torino 1 Lazio 2. (0) 0 40 9 9 2 28 17 6 7 7 29 34 6 61 39 11 3 6 36 27 5 6 8 16 22 3 57 SPAIN: 40 8 5 7 24 21 6 10 4 26 26 3 57 39 11 7 2 30 14 4 5 10 24 38 2 57 ITALY: 40 9 8 3 27 17 6 3 11 28 33 5 56 Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated 40 8 8 4 28 22 5 9 6 19 22 3 56 PREMIER LEAGUE 39 7 5 7 26 29 8 5 7 27 29 -5 55 AFC Bournemout­h v Newcastle (6) Arsenal v Norwich (6) Everton v Leicester (6) West Ham v Chelsea (8.15) 39 7 6 6 17 22 7 4 9 32 29 -2 52 40 8 6 6 23 22 5 5 10 22 28 -5 50 SKY BET CHAMPIONSH­IP 40 8 5 8 38 36 6 3 10 21 30 -7 50 Birmingham v Huddersfie­ld (6) Nottingham Forest v Bristol City Preston North End v Derby (5) Sheffield Wednesday v West Brom 40 7 3 10 24 28 6 7 7 24 20 0 49 6 6 7 30 32 6 7 7 21 28 -9 49 8 5 7 26 23 4 5 11 20 31 -8 46 6 8 6 18 22 4 6 9 21 28-11 44 Sport on TV FOOTBALL: Premier League, Everton v Leicester - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 5.30pm, Bournemout­h v Newcastle - Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Arena 5.30pm, Arsenal v Norwich - BT Sport 1 5.30pm, West Ham v Chelsea - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 8pm; Sky Bet Championsh­ip, Preston v Derby - Sky Sports Football 4.30pm. 8 3 9 29 26 4 4 12 21 35-11 43 6 3 11 27 34 5 6 8 25 33-15 42 7 5 8 24 27 4 4 11 22 36-17 42 6 8 7 28 33 4 3 12 17 29-17 41 7 5 7 28 28 4 2 15 18 45-27 40

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