Birmingham City 4 Leeds United 5 - Whites grab victory at the death in St Andrew's stunner

Leeds United earned a stunning victory over Birmingham City on Sunday afternoon at St Andrew's with a goal in the fifth minute of added time

Sunday, 29th December 2019, 5:25 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th December 2019, 5:44 pm
Leeds United celebrate at Birmingham City. (Bruce Rollinson)

Leeds United secured a stunning 5-4 victory over Birmingham City in the Championship at St Andrew's thanks to a 95th minute own goal from Wes Harding.

An afternoon in which nine goals were scored the points were earned by the Whites in the dying seconds of the game in the Midlands.

Marcelo Bielsa was forced into one change for the trip to Birmingham as Eddie Nketiah started his first Championship fixture of the season in place of the injured Patrick Bamford who was missing with a dead leg.

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It was the Blues who fired the first warning shot of the afternoon as full-back Kristian Pedersen drilled an effort wide of the mark from outside of the box.

Leeds, though, were looking dangerous on the counter-attack and made the hosts pay on the 15 minute mark.

The Whites broke away at deadly pace with Jack Harrison finding the run of Helder Costa inside the box with the winger firing low into the bottom corner past Connal Trueman.

It was Leeds who again added to the scoreline just six minutes later as Harrison turned from provider to goalscorer.

Good work from Nketiah saw the ball break into the area with Gjanni Alioski laying the ball off for the Manchester City loanee as his deflected shot found the far corner of the net to hand the visitors a cushion.

Leeds were looking comfortable until just before the half hour mark as Jude Bellingham found freedom in the United box to finish off a Maxime Colin cross after poor defending from Bielsa's men allowed City to pull one back.

The Whites failed to get to grips with the game following the goal as Pep Clotet's men looked to convert their domination into a leveller before half-time.

Bellingham again caused United headaches before Lukas Jutkiewicz volleyed over the bar from inside the six-yard box after a scramble which was sparked by a Dan Crowley effort.

Neither side made any changes at the break as the game continued in much the same pattern.

Leeds struggled to impose themselves with City's physicality causing United issues and the Blues finally had their leveller on the hour mark.

United failed to clear a corner as Casilla punched away a header with Jutkiewicz nodding home the rebound from close-range.

The Whites looked stunned but the goal started a frantic finish as Leeds hauled themselves back in front thanks to a stunning strike from Like Ayling nine minutes later.

Ayling brought down the ball on the right with a deft touch inside substitute Jeremie Bela and crashed a thunderous strike off the inside of the City post.

The goal sparked wild celebrations in the away end but they were cut short seven minutes from time as Bela made up for his lunge with a header over the onrushing Casilla from a free-kick.

Leeds, though, put themselves back in front 60 seconds later as Stuart Dallas finished off from inside the penalty spot with the Blues asleep at the back.

City again came forward as Bela swung a cross to the back post in the first minute of added time that was pushed home by Jukiewicz once more.

The Blues thought they had something for their afternoon's work but there was to be one final twist as United struck in the fifth minute of added time.

Ayling drilled a low ball across the face of goal which was inadvertently turned into his own net by centre-back Harding.

The goal ensured United will end the year at the top of the Championship with a nine-point cushion over third-placed Fulham.

Birmingham City: Trueman, Harding, Pedersen, Colin, Crowley, Jutkiewicz, Dean, Mrabti, Gardner, Bellingham, Sunjic. Subs: Camp, Bela, Montero, McEachran, Maghoma, Gimenez, Davis.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Nketiah. Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Roberts, Berardi, Gotts, Stevens, Casey.