WATCH - Brilliant Illan Meslier stop prevents Aston Villa from doubling the lead against Leeds United

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Leeds United goalkeeper pulled off a superb save to prevent John McGinn from making it 2-0 at the end of the first half at Elland Road.

Leeds United went behind in the 22nd minute courtesy of Phillipe Countinho, the very player Jesse Marsch identified as a key threat in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

After Matty Cash found Countinho in space by the penalty spot, Meslier was unfortunate not to save the Brazilian's effort.

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The Whites' 'keeper was in position to stop the shot but a deflection from Leeds centre-back Pascal Struijk carried the ball past Meslier and into the back of the net.

It was a big blow to the home side, whose need for points to avoid dropping into the Championship is deepening with every passing game.

In the 41st minute, a moment of excellence from Meslier prevented further damage to the Whites' morale.

With a clever flick, Countinho gave McGinn the ball on the edge of the area, and the Scot beat Robin Koch to find clear sight of goal in the box.

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Pic: George Wood.Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Pic: George Wood.
Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Pic: George Wood.

The midfielder's effort curled toward the far post but Meslier palmed it clear to stop Villa going into the break with a two-goal lead.

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