Astonishing sight: Leeds United score controversial goal when Aston Villa stop play due to player injury. In response, Leeds manager Bielsa orders his team to stand still and allow Villa to run through and score unchallenged from subsequent kick off pic.twitter.com/Ul0zObnYlV
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) April 28, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa made his Leeds United players stand aside to let Aston Villa score, but Swedish defender Pontus Jansson tried to defy the order.
Sunday’s Championship match at Elland Road descended into chaos when Leeds scored while Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia lay injured.
#LepersAbroad | Bizarre but incredible scenes at Elland Road as Leeds United score when Aston Villa had stopped playing to help an injured player.
— Newell's Old Boys – English (@Newells_en) April 28, 2019
Substitute Tyler Roberts received the ball and initially looked set to put it out of play before suddenly pinging it down the line to Mateusz Klich.
The Polish midfielder races into the open space, catching Villa’s defence unaware as they anticipated a break in the action.
Klich cuts inside and drills it into the far corner to put Leeds 1-0 up in the 72nd minute and a melee ensued that saw Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi sent off.
Bielsa then commanded his troops to sportingly stand aside and concede an equaliser, despite the damage it would do to their slim hopes of automatic promotion.
Bielsa has single handedly rattled Frank Lampard and John Terry in his first season in English football. Something we can all get behind
— Toby (@toby__jh) April 28, 2019
They allow Albert Adomah to slot, although an irate Jansson acts alone in attempting to defend against it.
This leads to him getting an earful from his teammate Gaetano Berardi while Bielsa squares up to John Terry.