West Ham 3-1 Leeds: Sam Allardyce’s side face relegation after weak lead
Knowing that victory would send them out of the relegation zone before the final day, Leeds started brilliantly and almost went ahead through Rodrigo Moreno when a cross from Patrick Bamford dodged past a defender and caught him off guard in front of the open goal.
But the Spaniard’s effort was unstoppable after 17 minutes as a more aggressive defense saved Weston McKennie’s long throw and scored the opener.
Sam Allardyce’s men then got in too deep after making the most of their aggressive start, allowing West Ham to get back into the game.
Shortly after Tomas Soucek failed in a close-range scramble in front of goal, Jarrod Bowen sped down the right wing and served Declan Rice for his fifth goal of the season to make it 1-1.
Leeds regained dominance before the break but looked second best throughout the second half. West Ham paid off after 72 minutes when Danny Ings Bowen scored for the second goal.
A VAR check confirmed the winger was just an inch wide before passing Joel Robles with a smart finish. After a brief period of pressure from Leeds, Manuel Lanzini secured the points by completing Lucas Paqueta’s brilliant run in injury time.
The defeat leaves Leeds two points behind Everton before they host Tottenham and Bournemouth respectively on the final day – with the Toffees having a three-goal advantage on goal difference. Leicester, who play Newcastle on Monday, are a point behind.
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