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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Raphinha (90'+4' PEN)

Leeds United beat Crystal Palace on late Raphinha penalty

Raphinha scores a penalty for Leeds in a Premier League win against Crystal Palace. Getty Images

A stoppage-time penalty from Brazilian winger Raphinha earned Leeds United a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday, as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

The result left Palace 12th in the standings on 16 points from 14 games while Leeds moved two places up to 15th on 15 points after they ground out their third league win of the season.

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Raphinha stroked his penalty past visiting goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, with the spot kick given following a VAR check after centre back Marc Guehi handled a corner.

After a dull first half devoid of any chances, Leeds' Rodrigo dragged a Daniel James cross from the left well wide of the near post in the 53rd, as he failed to turn and get a shot on target.

Christian Benteke then missed a pair of sitters for Palace, heading wide at the far post before home keeper Illan Meslier scrambled to smother the striker's feeble close-range shot on the line.

Those misses proved costly for the visitors after the ball hit Guehi's outstretched arm deep into stoppage time, with Raphinha making no mistake with the penalty to delight the home fans at Elland Road.

Palace manager Patrick Vieira was disappointed.

"I'm frustrated because we were the better team and when you don't put away your chances, you know you can get punished," the former France midfielder told the BBC.

"We just have to accept the result. Some of the games have gone in our favour, tonight it didn't. We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves."

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips was relieved after they ground out the win and dismissed reports that he had fallen out with manager Marcelo Bielsa.

"It is a massive win for us, we are very happy and have to try and go on a run of games now - we have a tough run of games before Christmas," said the England enforcer.

"I will play any position the manager asks me -- if he wants me to play centre back I will play centre back, if he wants me to play goalkeeper I'll play goalkeeper.

"I saw a lot of things on social media and TV that me and the manager had fallen out, it's never been the case and I wanted to put that to bed."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 22 +41 56
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 23 +28 44
4 West Ham United 22 +11 37
5 Arsenal 20 +8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +3 33
7 Manchester United 20 +3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 +2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton 19 -10 19
17 Watford 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley 17 -11 11