Leeds United vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

Luis Sinisterra (centre) protests his sending-off for Leeds against Aston Villa (Getty Images)
Luis Sinisterra (centre) protests his sending-off for Leeds against Aston Villa (Getty Images)

Leeds held on for a vital Premier League point after Luis Sinisterra was sent off at Elland Road in an ill-tempered goalless draw against Aston Villa on Sunday (2 October).

Colombia winger Sinisterra was dismissed early in the second half after failing to retreat from a free kick and earning a second yellow card. Villa created the better chances after Leeds went down to 10 men and went closest to a winner when Phillippe Coutinho’s volley hit a post and Ollie Watkins headed the rebound wide. But the game was dominated by both sides’ insistence on winning the physical battle, with referee Stuart Attwell booking six other players as he struggled to retain control.

Sinisterra, Marc Roca and Rodrigo were all booked by Attwell, as was Villa debutant Ludwig Augustinsson, during a first half lacking in goalmouth action but not full-blooded endeavour. Sinisterra, Robin Koch, and Villa’s Leon Bailey received yellow cards in the second period. Leeds were then reduced to 10 men three minutes after the restart, when Douglas Luiz attempted to play a quick free kick, the ball struck Sinisterra’s outstretched leg, and Attwell booked the forward a second time for not retreating. The home fans let out a huge roar at the final whistle after their side had hung on, with resounding chants of “You’re not fit to referee,” directed at Attwell.

Re-live all the action and updates from the game in the live blog below:

Leeds United vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League updates

  • Leeds and Villa entered tie 13th and 14th in Premier League respectively

  • Leeds XI: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk; Adams, Roca; Sinisterra, Aaronson, Harrison; Moreno

  • Villa XI: Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Augustinsson; Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho

  • Sinisterra sent off for Leeds after second booking early in second half

  • Neither side able to conjure a winner as game ends goalless

Leeds United FC 0 - 0 Aston Villa FC

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That's all from us, we hope you enjoyed the game. Until the next one, goodbye!

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A point apiece sees neither side make much progression up the table, with Leeds rising to 12th above Bournemouth. Villa remain 14th with eight points, as both sides' stuttering starts to the season continue.

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Watkins had several chances to win it for the Villans, but was denied time and time again by Leeds' back five. He finished the game with an xG of 1.09, suggesting he should've had one goal at least! Four of his six shots were on target, and all came from inside the box, where he had 13 touches. He contested 17 duels, eight of which came in the air, and he won four of this aerial battles, as well as four free-kicks!

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The 10 men of Leeds hold firm, and hold onto a hard-earned point in an extremely entertaining stalemate! Villa began to throw everything at the Whites before Sinisterra had even reached his early bath, but despite testing Meslier on several occasions, couldn't breach the valiant Leeds defence and the spoils are shared!

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FULL-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 0-0 ASTON VILLA.

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BLOCKED!!! Bamford holds off Bednarek before cutting the ball back to Klich, whose first-time shot is blocked over the crossbar by a desperate sliding challenge from McGinn!

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WIDE!! McGinn picks up a loose ball in space and drives towards goal, but drags his 20-yard effort wide of the target!

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Watkins is sandwiched in a challenge between Struijk and Firpo, and Villa gain another free-kick opportunity to cross into the area.

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We'll play four extra minutes of added time, and can either side find a late winner?

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SAVED!!! Buendia flicks Coutinho's pass forward for Watkins, who shoots from the edge of the six-yard box but is denied by Meslier, who parries it behind!

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Villa players queue up on the edge of the box and it comes to Buendia, but he's prevented from shooting by Adams, who wins possession!

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Buendia attempts to find success with a pass into the box, but Cooper scythes it clear once again for Leeds. They'll do well to hold out for the remaining minutes with 10 men.

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Watkins runs out of room in the box and finds Luiz, who lays it off for McGinn to shoot, but a flying Ayling blocks the first-time effort!

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The free-kick is dealt with and Villa look to counter, but Koch slides in on Ramsey and wins the ball back for the hosts!

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Yellow Card Robin Leon Koch

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Substitution Jacob Matthew Ramsey Daniel William John Ings

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Summerville feeds Bamford, but he's barrelled over by Mings, who is penalised but not booked by the referee.

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Only Brentford (four) have scored more goals from high turnovers in the Premier League this season than Leeds’ three, while only Liverpool (28) and Manchester City (29) have had fewer high turnovers against them than Aston Villa (38).

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SAVED!!! Bamford beats two on his way into the box and smashes a shot from a tight angle, which Martinez parries! Konsa and Aaronson both slide in for the rebound, with the Villa defender getting the crucial touch and Martinez smothers the ball!

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Substitution Jack David Harrison Crysencio Jilbert Sylverio Cirro Summerville

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Young escapes Aaronson and crosses from the left, but pressure from Firpo prevents Watkins getting a clean connection with his header!

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SAVED!!! Watkins cuts inside Koch before shooting, but hardly troubles Meslier at his front post, who holds the shot!

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WIDE!!! Buendia's cross-field pass to Young is cut back inside to Coutinho, who snatches at a shot from close-range, putting it wide of the far post!

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CHANCE!!! Luiz attempts to beat the goalkeeper from the corner and very nearly does, but Konsa can't quite connect at the back post and the ball goes behind!

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Coutinho's dribbles past Koch and into the box, but his cross to the far post is headed behind by Firpo!

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WIDE!!! Buendia turns and bypasses Cooper as he fires a beauty of a shot towards goal, that beats Meslier but dips just to the wrong side of his left post!

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Coutinho has four goal involvements in his two previous Premier League appearances against Leeds (two goals and assists each), and could become the first Villa player since John Carew (against Stoke in December 2009) to net in each of his first three appearances against an opponent in the competition.

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Harrison whips a deep free-kick into the area, and Bamford climbs high but can't quite connect with the cross at the back post.

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Substitution Rodrigo Moreno Machado Patrick James Bamford

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Substitution Rasmus Nissen Kristensen Luke David Ayling

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Koch's flat on his back after colliding with Young, and there's plenty of time being taken to ensure the Leeds defender is okay to carry on.

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Substitution Leon Patrick Bailey Butler Emiliano Buendía Stati

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Watkins crosses from the byline, looking for the run of Ramsey, but it's a poor ball that rolls straight into Meslier's gloves.

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Yellow Card Leon Patrick Bailey Butler

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Harrison looks to press Konsa with his back to goal but takes his legs from underneath him, conceding yet another free-kick.

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OVER!! Young finds Ramsey centrally, who tries to pick his spot from the edge of the box but sends his right-footed shot skywards!

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Villa have won their last two away league games against Leeds, as many as they had in their previous 17 such visits to Elland Road. They’ve never won three in a row in LS11 before.

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Luiz comes short for the next corner, but Meslier chooses to punch rather than catch and Leeds are put under more pressure!

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Substitution Marc Roca Junqué Héctor Junior Firpo Adames

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Coutinho shrugs off Adams before finding Young in space, but his cross into the six-yard box is blocked behind by Kristensen.

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Leeds press like a team possessed but Konsa is able to find Watkins on halfway, who is fouled by Koch as Leeds concede yet another needless free-kick!

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Coutinho goes down in the box, but the ball skids to an offside Watkins, who creates shooting space before play is halted!

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Sinisterra had scored in each of his first three starts for the club in all competitions, and could have become only the second player in the club’s history to score in his first four starts, after Charlie Keetley way back in 1928, but he won't get that chance now!

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CHANCE!!!! What a pair of opportunities for Villa!!! Bailey's cross is met on the volley by Coutinho, who's flying shot smashes back off the post!! Watkins follows in, but prods the rebound wide of the same upright!

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Leeds have lost four and won just one of their last 10 Premier League home games against Aston Villa, a 3-1 victory on the final day of the 2002-03 campaign.

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Yellow 2nd/RC Luis Fernando Sinisterra Lucumí

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Coutinho kicks off the second half, and we're back underway at Elland Road!

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The teams are back for the second half, and can either side find the quality in the final third that is required to win this match?

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Rodrigo's been right in the thick of it for Leeds, having three shots off-target and winning half of his four duels in the air. In defence, he's made two clearing headers from Aston Villa corners, and, in the spirit of this game so far, has committed three fouls. His yellow card, Leeds' third, wasn't for one of them though - he was booked for dissent following a few heavy challenges on his Leeds teammates.

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An electric first-half comes to an end, with both teams throwing everything at each other!!! It's been full pelt for 45 minutes, and despite both teams creating some half-chances, neither side has been able to keep the composure to put one in the back of the net! It's been a fiery affair, with four yellow cards showing just how much these two sides want to beat one another.

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HALF-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 0-0 ASTON VILLA.

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CHANCE!!! McGinn whips a cross in for Ramsey, who can't quite control the ball before Meslier snatches it from him!

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Augustinsson is forced off by that injury, and Jan Bednarek takes his place in the back four, also making his debut. Young will likely move into left-back following this change.

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More bad news on the injury front for Villa, as Augustinsson pulls up and hits the deck. It looks likely he won't be carrying on, likely forcing Steven Gerrard into another defensive reshuffle!

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SAVED!!! Harrison's inside cross finds Rodrigo in the box, who nudges away Konsa before bringing the ball down and shooting, drawing a save from Martinez before the referee blows for the foul on Konsa!

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We're into three minutes of added time to close out this first half.

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SAVED!!! Ramsey streaks past Cooper and passes inside to Bailey, whose first-time shot is straight into the gloves of Meslier!

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Good link-up play from Sinisterra and Struijk results in a cross from the latter, but it's nowhere near where Rodrigo wants the ball and Martinez gathers.

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Leeds conceded five goals in their last league game against Brentford, as many goals as they had conceded in their first five of 2022-23. Indeed, since returning to the Premier League in 2020, Leeds have shipped 5+ goals in more different top-flight games than any other side (five times).

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Leeds look to break from the corner but Aaronson's put on the deck once again, but this time the referee does blow for a free-kick in his favour.

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SAVED!!! Young puts Watkins through on goal, but Meslier races out to parry the shot and Koch puts it out for a corner!

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Aaronson is left in a heap by Ramsey but Kristensen carries on forward. He feeds Sinisterra, who finds Struijk, and he's smashed by Bailey this time! It's becoming a really spicy contest!

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Yellow Card Rodrigo Moreno Machado

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Villa's corner is headed away from a crowded box, but after Young crosses back into the area, Meslier misses his punch and an Adams block concedes another!

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A poor Aaronson touch gives McGinn space to shoot, and he does so from 25 yards, with a deflection off Koch taking the ball behind for a corner!

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Yellow Card Marc Roca Junqué

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Rodrigo has been a key performer for Leeds this season. The striker is the side's leading scorer with four goals, and is tied for fifth among the league's top scorers in 2022-23.

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Konsa smashes through Rodrigo as he wins a header inside the Villa box, and despite the outrage of Leeds' players and fans, it's no penalty!

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OVER!!! Watkins attacks Coutinho's free-kick swung into the box, but he's flagged offside as he heads over the bar!

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Harrison is dispossessed in midfield and Ramsey races away down the left. Koch ushers him and the ball out, but play is called back for a free-kick against Kristensen.

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Ramsey latches onto a loose ball and tries his luck from 20 yards, but Roca gets in the way and blocks it wide for a Villa corner.

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A poor Martinez kick is made good by Bailey, who attempts to flick it beyond Struijk but is fouled by the Leeds left-back.

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Ramsey picks up a knock trying to dispossess Roca, and heads to the sideline for further assessment on what appears to be a calf injury.

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Yellow Card Luis Fernando Sinisterra Lucumí

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Leeds are unbeaten at Elland Road in the league so far this season – only twice in the Premier League have they avoided defeat in each of their first four home league games of a campaign, in 1992-93 and 2001-02.

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WIDE!!! Roca finds Rodrigo 25 yards from goal, who turns under no pressure from Konsa, and whips a curling shot just around the outside of the far post!

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CHANCE!!!! Aaronson finds Sinisterra, who gets past Young and crosses for Rodrigo. He's really stretching for it, but can't connect with the ball and the chance goes begging!

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Villa have picked up four points from their last two league games, one more than in their first five of the season. Meanwhile, the Villans could record consecutive clean sheets in the competition for the first time since April.

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SAVED!!! Coutinho rushes up the other end and dribbles into the box. With Ramsey to his right, he fires an off-balance shot to Meslier's left, and the Leeds keeper saves and holds it!

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Aaronson swings in a corner for Leeds, but Cooper's glancing header doesn't connect properly and the ball rolls into Martinez's gloves.

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CHANCE!!! A short Konsa backpass has Rodrigo racing onto it, but Martinez scythes it clear before the striker can pounce, as Aaronson did against Chelsea earlier this season!

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