Raphinha and Jack Harrison scored to give Leeds United the points they needed to continue in the Premier League.
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Jesse Marsch’s team needed to beat Burnley’s result against Newcastle to remain in the top flight.
Raphinha scored from the penalty spot to put Leeds ahead in the second half.
Raphinha subsequently converted the penalty kick to give Leeds a vital edge.
Thomas Frank’s side fought back and leveled through substitute Sergi Canos’ header at the far post, despite being booked for his shirtless celebration.
Canos received a second yellow card and was sent off for a foul on Raphinha, leaving his team with nine men. After the Bees had used all of their replacements, Kristoffer Ajer was forced off with an injury.
Leeds were able to capitalize on their numerical advantage in added time, as Harrison’s long-range drive was deflected in to ensure their Premier League survival, while Burnley were defeated 2-1 by Newcastle.
Leeds began the game nervously, with Brentford forcing a corner almost immediately, but it was the visitors who had the majority of the early possession, with Harrison’s probing cross just ahead of Joe Gelhardt and Raphinha.
Brentford, on the other hand, had a chance almost immediately after from a Christian Eriksen free kick, but Yoane Wissa at the far post headed wide.
Leeds pressed again in the 17th minute, with Sam Greenwood driving into the box, but his powerful shot went over the Brentford crossbar.
Leeds had the ball in the net in the 20th minute, but VAR ruled Gelhardt offside after a strong finish past Raya.
Raphinha tried his luck from distance as Leeds pushed for a breakthrough, but his powerful shot was constantly rising as it went over the bar.
In the 35th minute, Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier had to be alert to palm over Mathias Jensen’s attempted looping lob after being set up by a clever nutmeg from Bryan Mbeumo.
Eriksen also had a chance soon after, but his shot was deflected wide by Ivan Toney, and Mbeumo also dragged wide just before halftime.
The Bees had another opportunity early in the second half when Eriksen’s pass was turned on to Mbeumo, but his effort went direct at Meslier and at a rather low height.
Leeds drew one step closer to Premier League safety as they scored from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.
Raya botched his clearing and then caught Raphinha attempting to make amends. From the penalty spot, the Brazilian made no mistake, sending the goalie the wrong way.
Brentford leveled the game in the 77th minute when Wissa crossed the ball to the back post and Canos hooked in a header.
Following Canos’ second yellow card, Frank’s team was reduced to nine men for the final minutes.