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Match Recap: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United

The most intense of games ends in a goalless draw.

Crystal Palace v Leeds United - Premier League
PIVOTAL: Captain Liam Cooper showed his class once again at the back.
Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Leeds United and Crystal Palace shared the spoils of a gruelling match at Selhurst Park under the lights.

Palace got the first sight of goal on five minutes as Mateta latched onto an excellent long ball over the top. He lifted the ball past Meslier, but Llorente managed to recover at the far post to keep the score at 0-0.

Mateta got another sniff of danger on 16 minutes when Gallagher’s brilliant pass on the turn opened things up for Ayew, whose cross had Llorente flying in to prod the ball ever so slightly out of Mateta’s reach.

Leeds’ only real sight of goal in the first half came from two set-pieces, with Cooper and Rodrigo heading at goal with no success. Raphinha got the ball rolling at the start of the second, though his eventual shot at goal deflected wide.

Palace built up their dominance as the game went on, with Gallagher in particular finding space to pepper the goal with a few shots to no avail. Plus, two big saves from Meslier were required to keep a pair of Zaha snap-shots from a tight angle were pivotal to retaining the point for Leeds.

A strange situation to be in, a well-earned point, but with an air of disappointment ahead of five hugely difficult final matches.