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Greenwood Gets 8, Firpo With 7 | Leeds United Players Rated In Last-Gasp Draw Vs Cardiff City

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Leeds United faced off against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier today as they hoped to grind out a good result away from home in the FA Cup. The Whites were lackluster in the first half and conceded the opening goal in the 24th minute when Jaden Philogene scored for the home team. Sheyi Ojo doubled Cardiff’s advantage just seven minutes later as Leeds went into the half-time break 2-0 down on the scoreline.

However, Rodrigo pulled a goal back for the Whites in the 65th minute before Sonny Perkins scored a dramatic injury-time goal for the visitors in injury-time. The contest ended with Jesse Marsch’s side being held to a 2-2 draw on the road.

Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player performed during the match against Cardiff City.

GK: Joel Robles – 6/10

He made a few crucial saves at the back and would be disappointed after conceding two goals in the first half.

RB: Rasmus Kristensen – 6/10

Kristensen got stuck in with some solid tackles and made one good run with the ball.

CB: Pascal Struijk – 6.5/10

Struijk had a tough first half but produced a solid display in the second. He was a dominant presence in the air as well.

CB: Diego Llorente – 7/10

Llorente earned the ball back a few times and was accurate with his passing.

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LB: Junior Firpo – 7/10

Firpo made a couple of crucial interceptions at the back and managed to create two good chances in the final third. He ended the game with an assist to his name.

RM: Brenden Aaronson – 6.5/10

The talented playmaker managed to engineer two good chances in the final third but never looked like he would score.

CM: Sam Greenwood – 8/10

Greenwood got stuck in with plenty of solid tackles and managed to create multiple chances for his teammates to find the back of the net. He has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CM: Darko Gyabi – 6.5/10

He was lively at times in both halves but got replaced in the 59th minute.

LM: Crysencio Summerville – 6/10

Summerville orchestrated one good chance in the final third. However, he was wasteful in front of the opponent’s goal and did well to last 58 minutes.

ST: Wilfried Gnonto – 6.5/10

Gnonto caused a few headaches for the Cardiff defenders but failed to register a goal or an assist.

ST: Joe Gelhardt – 6/10

He was quiet for most of the game in the opponent’s half and never looked like he would score.

Substitutes:

ST: Rodrigo – 7/10

Rodrigo managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the 65th minute.

RB: Cody Drameh – 6.5/10

He made two meaningful chances going forward.

CB: Maximilian Wöber – 6.5/10

Wober kept things solid at the back.

ST: Mateo Joseph – 6/10

He had a couple of bright moments in the game.

ST: Sonny Perkins – N/A

Perkins ended up netting the equaliser for Leeds in injury time which kept them in the FA Cup.

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