Championship play-off final LIVE: Leeds and Southampton battle for Premier League place at Wembley as Adam Armstrong gives Saints the lead


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Leeds United and Southampton meet in a fascinating Championship play-off final at Wembley this afternoon with a place in the Premier League on the line.

The Championship’s third and fourth-placed finishers came through their semi-finals in relative comfort, each recording strong home second-leg victories after securing 0-0 draws on the road, to book their place in ‘the richest game in football’ – where victory is said to be worth more than £100m to the winning club.

The pair are seeking to make an immediate return to the top flight following last year’s relegation, having missed out to Leicester and Ipswich in a dramatic chase for automatic promotion places.

Daniel Farke has helped reshape Leeds after last year’s relegation, while Russell Martin’s extreme possession and passing-based style of football has given Southampton a shot at playing top-flight football once again.

Follow full live coverage of the clash with our blog below:

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HALF-TIME! Leeds 0-1 Southampton

And that’s the half-time whistle. A really compelling first half at Wembley and Southampton are good value for their lead.

Adam Armstrong’s neat finish is the difference and only a top Meslier save prevented the Saints striker from making it 2-0. Work to do for Leeds in the second 45 minutes.

(Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:53

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

45+5 mins: Unconvincing from Meslier but he flaps the ball clear from the corner.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

45+4 mins: Nice work by Downes who skips past a couple fo sliding challenges and slips in Armstrong. His shot is blocked for a corner – last chance before the break

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

45+3 mins: Another dangerous cross from Smallbone and Rodon does well to intercept and lash clear. Leeds holding on for half-time here.

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SAVE! Leeds 0-1 Southampton

45 mins: Smallbone whips a free-kick in from out on the right and it’s very clever as Armstrong nips towards the front post, takes a touch and fires across the goalkeeper. Meslier does brilliantly to get down to his right and push the ball away. Leeds then hack the second ball clear when a Southampton player should have been attacking the rebound.

Ryan Fraser booked as he kicks the ball away after a foul to stop Leeds counter-attacking. Silly yellow really.

Five minutes of added time to be played.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

43 mins: Over-eager from Summerville and he gets the second yellow card of the day. He lunges in on Harwood-Bellis in the Southampton box but is slightly over the top of the ball and he catches the Saints centre-back. Yellow card the correct call.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

42 mins: Better from Leeds in the closing stages of this first half as they have sustained possession in the Southampton half and pu a couple of speculative balls into the box.

OOOOF! Gruev and Downes both crunch in for a 50-50 ball and you can hear the ferocity of the collision. Almost feel sorry for the ball, the way it was smashed from both sides there.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

40 mins: Summerville forces a corner when his cross is blocked by Walker-Peters, who has largely kept the Dutchman quiet so far.

Summerville takes the corner himself and McCarthy is able to punch to the edge of the box before Southampton win a free-kick when Piroe is called for handball as the ball gets played back into the mixer.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

39 mins: First yellow card of the day is then quickly shown to Jan Bednarek. The Southampton centre-back cleans out Gnonto by going through the back of him and referee John Brooks has no choice but to book him.

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Leeds 0-1 Southampton

38 mins: Leeds haven’t really settled since that Southampton goal. They need to collect themselves and establish a proper foothold again as quickly as possible.

Downes clatters into Gray to concede a free-kick. The West Ham loanee is playing the enforcer role for Southampton so far today.

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