Leeds and Palace draw in clash with Perth

English Premier League sides Leeds and Crystal Palace fought their way to a 1-1 draw in a spirited pre-season friendly at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

Leeds were left to hope that injuries to season-ending signings Luis Sinisterra and Adam Forshaw in Friday’s game weren’t too costly, after a game that featured seven yellow cards.

Neither team fired on goal in a dull first half, but fortunately for the 33,919 spectators, the game perked up considerably after the break.

Leeds struck in front in the 56th minute after referee Daniel Elder awarded a controversial penalty, with Joel Ward ruling that he pushed in the Dutchman Crysencio Summerville despite there apparently being little contact.

Spanish international Rodrigo fired Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from the penalty spot.

Leeds’ lead lasted just 11 minutes before Palace equalized in devastating fashion.

Jordan Ayew was released from the left and selflessly sent the ball to Frenchman Jean-Philippe Mateta, who finished from close range.

Colombian international winger Sinisterra, whom Leeds signed from Dutch club Feyenoord earlier this month, limped off after just 12 minutes.

He made a promising start before his early exit, passing a fine pass to Patrick Bamford, who shot wide from an offside position.

Forshaw also came out just after the half hour mark.

“Luis Sinisterra had a small hamstring injury,” Leeds boss Jesse Marsch said. “We are hopeful that he is not too, too long, too severe.

“Adam Forshaw made Mateta lean on him a bit and twisted his knee.

“We’re also hopeful that it won’t be too bad, but we’ll get more information on that in the coming days.”

Both teams seemed to struggle on a slippery surface with each lacking quality and accuracy in the final third.

“It wasn’t that easy to play because it’s so bumpy and heavy,” Leeds defender Rasmus Kristensen told Paramount Plus and Network Ten.

“It ended up being a fight and I think it was an even game.”

Leeds came closest to scoring in the first half with a deflected Bamford shot deflected for a corner.

Lively Leeds’ substitute Joe Gelhardt was cleared in the 66th minute just before equalizer, but his chip was pushed in by Guaita, who also saved the striker’s strong shot 16 minutes later.

Palace missed two big chances in added time.

England international defender Tyrick Mitchell’s downward header from a few meters bounced over the crossbar and Killian Phillips missed a chance in the dying seconds.

“We had a couple of situations that we should have scored,” Palace coach Patrick Vieira said.

“I was very happy because that was our last game here in Australia and physically we looked in better shape and tactically we still have things to improve, but it was a real game of football.”

Palace, who had a significant part of their squad in London, lost 3-1 to Manchester United in Melbourne, having previously been beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Singapore.

Earlier in their Australian tour, Leeds won 2-1 over the Brisbane Roar and lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.

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