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Leeds 1-1- Wolves: Rodrigo scores injury time penalty to claim a point

The number 19 scored the equalizer, but it was the 19-year-old who was the talk of the town in Leeds on Saturday night.

While Marcelo Bielsa’s struggling side were on the cusp of their fifth loss of the season, teenager Joe Gelhardt was taken off the bench just after the hour.

And the former Wigan forward completely changed the pace of this match on his home debut, winning the match-saving penalty with a slalom run in the penalty area.

Rodrigo scored a last minute penalty to take a point at home against Bruno Lage’s side

Rodrigo was knocked down by Conor Coady and Max Kilman in the 90+4 minute of the match

Rodrigo was knocked down by Conor Coady and Max Kilman in the 90+4 minute of the match

Leeds Rodrigo’s strike sent the 94th minute dot kick to save the home side’s skin. But Gelhardt was the player who was hailed as a hero by fans full-time.

The emergence of Gelhardt, who had only started two games for Wigan before Leeds paid £1million for him in 2020, is a timely boost for Bielsa, especially now that last season’s top scorer Patrick Bamford is injured.

Bielsa candidly admitted that the past few days had been one of the toughest of his tenure as he tried to pick up the pieces from last weekend’s bitter loss at Southampton.

Well, this last gasp must have lifted his spirit – and Gelhardt offers some real promise for the matches to come.

For Wolves, the late leveler will have made them sick as they did so well to hold onto the lead they’d held from the 10th minute.

Wolves led the game after Hee-Chang opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes

Wolves led the game after Hee-Chang opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes

The goal marked Hee-Chang (left) fourth place in Wolves' last five Premier League outings

The goal marked Hee-Chang (left) fourth place in Wolves’ last five Premier League outings

Hwang Hee-Chan’s goal looked like it would send them into the top six. Instead, they are now tenth.

Meanwhile, Leeds have still only won one of their nine Premier League games – and that was against a team from Watford who sacked their manager the following day.

To explain the failure to beat Wolves and last week’s 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s, it’s hard to look beyond the absence of midfield pivot Kalvin Phillips.

Bielsa did not think England’s Euro 2020 star was fit enough to start here, despite returning to training after calf and hip problems.

But Leeds’ record without Phillips is sad, as he has won just two of the 12 Premier League games he missed, compared to a 49 per cent win rate when he played.

United’s other England man, Bamford, is also out and in his absence Bielsa bizarrely put wide man Daniel James up front.

Hee-Chang even handed his match shirt to a young girl in the stands after the match (above)

Hee-Chang even handed his match shirt to a young girl in the stands after the match (above)

It was an experiment that lasted the entire 45 minutes, when Tyler Roberts was brought in to play through the middle, with Jack Harrison on the hook and James sent back to the left wing.

The first half was a chastisement for Harrison, and he was partly to blame for Wolves’ 10th-minute opener.

Harrison ducked in to tackle Nelson Semedo from the right touchline, but made a mess, allowing the Portuguese right-back to cross over to Raul Jimenez.

And while the Mexican striker’s attempted shot was blocked, the ball fell for loaner RB Leipzig striker Hwang Hee-Chan to cross Illan Meslier for his fourth goal in six games.

That attack silenced Elland Road and although Leeds tried to react, their chances were only half chances, with James offering especially little down the middle.

Leeds’ liveliest player, Raphinha and Mateusz Klich, at least called Jose Sa into action without ever disturbing him, while Harrison fired into the side net when he found space on the left.

The hosts didn’t look much like scoring after Bielsa shook his pack at halftime, with Wolves getting even closer to extending their lead as Rayan Ait-Nouri neighed in the penalty area and slammed into Meslier.

To make matters worse for Leeds, their standout player Raphinha had to leave the field after 54 minutes injured after a fumbled tackle by Romain Saiss.

It was Rodrigo who scored from the penalty spot to draw his team on Saturday

It was Rodrigo who scored from the penalty spot to draw his team on Saturday

Leeds United - currently 17th in the table - were delighted with the final result

Leeds United – currently 17th in the table – were delighted with the final result

But spurred on by their raucous supporters and the introduction of Gelhardt, Leeds kept pushing towards the end.

Sub Roberts tapped a header just wide from Rodrigo’s cross and then dragged a shot wide.

Then Gelhardt was denied by a prima Sa-save after being slipped in by Rodrigo. He got close again when the ball fell on him from a narrow angle on the left and he just missed.

But his time came in stoppage time when he neighed in the penalty area and was turned upside down by Semedo, sending Rodrigo Sa the wrong way.

More to follow…

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