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Hourihane on target for Villa but Leeds cap stunning comeback with 95th-minute winner

Marcelo Bielsa’s men came out on top in a dramatic five-goal thriller at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring Leeds' third goal on Sunday.
Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring Leeds' third goal on Sunday.
Image: Nick Potts

LEEDS UNITED MOVED top of the Championship after Kemar Roofe’s 95th-minute strike secured a remarkable 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa.

It looked like Norwich City would be taking pole position, but Roofe struck deep into stoppage time to claim a vital victory.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were up against it from the 17th minute, when Conor Hourihane added to Tammy Abraham’s well-crafted opener.

But, buoyed by an excellent finish from half-time substitute Jack Clarke in the 56th minute, Leeds restored parity when Pontus Jansson headed home from a corner soon after.

Leeds were unfortunate that referee Andy Madley failed to spot a clear handball from Glenn Whelan in the box.

But their fortune changed in the final minute of stoppage time when Villa failed to clear a long ball and Roofe hammered home a volley to gift the visitors a perfect early Christmas present.

The victory means Leeds leapfrog Norwich at the top, while Villa sit 11th.

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