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Leeds v Southampton LIVE: Championship play-off final latest updates from Wembley

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Leeds United and Southampton meet in a fascinating Championship play-off final at Wembley this afternoon with a place in the Premier League on the line.

The Championship’s third and fourth-placed finishers came through their semi-finals in relative comfort, each recording strong home second-leg victories after securing 0-0 draws on the road, to book their place in ‘the richest game in football’ – where victory is said to be worth more than £100m to the winning club.

The pair are seeking to make an immediate return to the top flight following last year’s relegation, having missed out to Leicester and Ipswich in a dramatic chase for automatic promotion places.

Daniel Farke has helped reshape Leeds after last year’s relegation, while Russell Martin’s extreme possession and passing-based style of football has given Southampton a shot at playing top-flight football once again.

Follow full live coverage of the clash with our blog below:


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

23 mins: Rutter strides forward and a crescendo of noise builds as he feeds Gray on the overlap down the right. But the 18-year-old’s cross is too deep and out for a goal-kick.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:25


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

20 mins: Summerville tries a reverse pass on the edge of the box to try and free Gnonto but perhaps he should have shot at goal instead, as it was blocked.

Tackles flying in from both sides now! The intensity has been compelling so far.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:22


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

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Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:21


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

16 mins: The Southampton fans are now the louder as ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ rings round Wembley. Although a decent rendition of ‘Marching On Together’ in response from Leeds supporters.

Gnonto goes down holding his back after a tussle with Stephens but didn’t look like there was much in it.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:18


SAVE! Leeds 0-0 Southampton

13 mins: And now the first save of the game. Smallbone goes for goal with a free-kick from 30 yards and Meslier springs to his right to push the ball behind for a corner. Decent enough strike.

Meslier then flaps at the cross from the subsequent corner but it runs harmlessly through. This is much better from Southampton

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:15


CHANCE! Leeds 0-0 Southampton

12 mins: Southampton finally get their foot on the ball and play it around the back before attacking at pace. Nice work by Aribo in the build-up and Armstrong into the box on the right-hand side, cuts it back for Smallbone and only a desperate diving block by Rodon stops the shot going on target. Superb defending.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:14


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

9 mins: Southampton look completely rattled here. This time Rutter darts into the box and only some panicked defending gets the ball away from him before a sliced clearance.

Firpo then slips in the wet and catches Brooks near halfway to give away the free-kick – some relief for Southampton at last.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:10


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

7 mins: Summerville curls in the free-kick and Rodon leaps to keep the ball in play and nod it back across before Southampton thump clear. A bright start by Leeds, who have settled the better.

And Leeds come forward again – Gnonto into a shooting position and let’s fly but the connection isn’t right and it’s a simple gather for McCarthy in the Saints goal. Downes put Gnonto off well there.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:09


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

6 mins: Most of the play in the Southampton half early on and Leeds livewire Gnonto has a dart down the right. Southampton’s attempt to play out from the back ends with Bednarek clumsily knocking the ball out of play.

Downes then commits the foul to give Leeds a free-kick out on the left which can be whipped in.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:07


Leeds 0-0 Southampton

4 mins: Archie Gray, who becomes the youngest Leeds player to play at Wembley, strides forward with the ball after advantage was played for a foul on Rutter and lashes a shot at goal from 25 yards. It fizzes wide but good intent from the youngster.

Luke Baker26 May 2024 15:05

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