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Match Recap: Leeds United 4-0 Charlton Athletic

In the final game of the season, the league champions batter Charlton at Elland Road.

Leeds United v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet Championship
The Leeds United squad celebrate winning the title alongside Marcelo Bielsa and the Championship trophy.
Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Leeds United closed out a historic season at Elland Road, beating Charlton to extend The Whites’ points record to 93 in total.

The home side promised a strong team and just as strong performance, and Leeds kept their promise, opening the scoring on 13 minutes through Ben White of all people.

Pablo Hernandez’s cross was nodded toward White on the edge of the box by a Charlton defender. White chested the ball down before swinging his right peg through the ball, flying into the top corner despite the keeper’s touch.

Leeds kept pushing on, with Alioski and Hernandez coming close as the half hour mark approached. And on that mark, The Whites doubled their lead, as Hernandez picked out yet another wonderful pass through the legs of his marker, before Dallas poked the ball home from close range into the bottom left corner.

Leeds continued to dominate, but Charlton refused to go away, with a great chance going close as the game closed in to half-time. Doughty raced through on the counter attack from the halfway line, and with nobody able to catch him, he was unable to beat Meslier, putting his shot just wide of the far post.

Meslier was forced into action soon after the restart, saving with his legs from close range, as Charlton substitute Aneke turned White and struck at goal from close range, with a fantastic Meslier stop keeping another clean sheet intact.

The Whites punished them just moments later, with another token goal, this time directly from a corner. Hernandez crossed in and the newly introduced Tyler Roberts spun his marker before heading home at the near post in what was a rare goal from a corner kick.

Jamie Shackleton sealed the victory on 67 minutes in what was a wonderful combination between three young players in their audition for next season’s squad. Strujik sprayed a great ball across to Poveda on the right hand side, who took his time before cutting the ball back for Shackleton, who scored his second goal in the last few days.

And there we have it, Leeds United lift the league title at Elland Road, the club’s first piece of silverware for 28 years, and a return to The Premier League after sixteen years in the wilderness. Enjoy it everyone, see you next season.

Marching On Together

Ciaran O’Hare