Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after losing 4-1 at home to Tottenham at Elland Road in the season finale on Sunday as Harry Kane scored twice for the visitors. Leeds needed to win and have other results go their way, but Kane put the visitors ahead after just 91 seconds and from then on the result never looked in doubt.
Kane scored again, and assisted Pedro Porro, before Lucas Moura scored with his final touch as a Spurs player in added time, consigning Leeds back into the Championship after three seasons in the top flight. Jack Harrison got a consolation for Leeds
Spurs narrowly miss out on a place in the UEFA Conference League as Aston Villa beat Brighton, meaning Spurs are without Europe for the time since in over 10 seasons. Read back the game blow below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at Elland Road.
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Leeds United FC 1 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur FC
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Harry Kane posts message after final Tottenham game of the season
20:58 , Jonathan Gorrie
Harry Kane posted an emotional message to Tottenham fans after their final game of a difficult season for the club.
Spurs signed off an unsatisfactory campaign with a 4-1 win at Elland Road, with Kane’s 27th and 28th Premier League goals of the season helping to relegate Leeds.
Ryan Mason insists Tottenham must avoid ‘compensating’ as manager search continues
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Ryan Mason says Tottenham’s new permanent manager must be a good fit for the club and warned against “trying to make people fit in and compensating”.
Mason oversaw what is expected to be his final game as head coach as Spurs relegated sorry Leeds with a 4-1 win at Elland Road, inspired by Harry Kane.
Tottenham sign off with a win but huge summer awaits for Daniel Levy and Harry Kane
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Tottenham will not play in Europe for the first time since 2009-10 after Aston Villa earned a spot in the Europa Conference League at their expense on the final day.
Spurs did their bit with a Harry Kane-inspired 4-1 win at Elland Road to relegate sorry Leeds but it was not enough to leapfrog Villa into seventh-place after Unai Emery’s side beat Brighton at home.
Tottenham player ratings vs Leeds: Harry Kane at his best as Lucas Moura enjoys dream send-off
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Tottenham relegated Leeds with a 4-1 win at Elland Road, inspired by Harry Kane, but it was not enough to earn them a spot in Europe after Aston Villa beat Brighton to clinch a place in the Europa Conference League.
Kane fired Spurs ahead inside three minutes and set up Pedro Porro to make it 2-0 at the start of the second half.
Harry Kane at the double as hosts are relegated
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Leeds’ three-season stay in the Premier League is over after a 4-1 home defeat to Tottenham confirmed their relegation.
Harry Kane and Pedro Porro scored early in either half to put Spurs 2-0 up and, although Jack Harrison reduced the deficit, Kane struck a game-clinching second in what could be his last game for the London club.
Tottenham substitute Lucas Moura rubbed salt into Leeds’ wounds by waltzing through a porous defence in stoppage time to complete their misery.
Leeds went into the final day needing not only victory, but for relegation rivals Everton and Leicester to drop points and, since they both won, the Yorkshire club’s 21st league defeat of the season was immaterial.
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Leeds fans are still singing, amidst plenty of tears.
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96min: And that’s it!
Leeds are relegated and Spurs don’t get Europe, but a lovely moment for Lucas.
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94min: Lucas Moura has a send-off goal! He’s just run 35 yards past everyone and slotted it home!
Incredible, incredible goodbye.
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91min: Five minutes added on.
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90min: Another Spurs debut, as 17-year-old George Abbot comes on for Porro.
Lucas is on for his final game, replacing Skipp.
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88min: Gnonto replaces Harrison.
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85min: Harrison is down injured. He’s put in some shift today, looks like cramp.
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Dan Kilpatrick at Elland Road
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Matthew Craig, 20, is on for his Premier League debut in place of Bissouma... But that’s totally overshadowed by a pitch invader who weaves his way around a few stewards and draws the biggest cheers of the afternoon from the Leeds fans, who sing, ‘sign him up’.
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76min: Craig is on for this Spurs debut, as Richarlison replaces Son.
Dan Kilpatrick at Elland Road
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There’s nothing left to say about Kane’s relentless brilliance but to score 30 League goals in this Spurs team really is remarkable.
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69min: Kane wipes out Leeds’ hope after just 30 seconds by finishing off a counter in cycling fashion.
Remarkable finish, that. 30 Premier League goals this season.
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67min: Leeds get one back!
Harrison fires home low across Forster into the far corner!
That’s a lovely finish, through Davies’ legs.
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66min: Sarr replaces Kulusevski.
The final match of his loan spell. Spurs are expected to sign him permanently for around £35million.
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62min: Lucas Moura now also warming up for his final appearance.
Spurs happy to stand off Leeds at the moment, who are unable to find any gaps in the Spurs defence.
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60min: Sarr is warming up for Spurs.
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58min: It’s a triple change for Leeds.
Fans are booing some of those decisions by Allardyce.
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Another big goal as Everton have taken the lead against Bournemouth. Leeds are down and out, but that means Leicester are now in the drop zone.
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53min: Leeds’ biggest chance, surely!
A long ball over the top finds Ayling at the back post after Davies misguides the pass, but the Leeds man cannot get the ball out of his feet quick enough thanks to a poor touch.
Lenglet eventually clears, but that was a chance.
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50min: Elland Road is largely silent bar the odd boo when a pass gets misplaced.
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48min: Deary me. Spurs score after two minutes of the restart, just like they did in the first half, and that might be it!
Kane with a glorious touch over Cooper, holds off defenders and then finds Porro to find the bottom corner from an angle.
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46min: We’re back underway!
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You wonder if Allardyce will be tempted in a half-time change. Most of their chances have fallen to defensive players - because the XI is full of them. Attacking player perhaps?
Dan Kilpatrick at Elland Road
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There’s a curious lack of tension at Elland Road, perhaps because many Leeds fans appear resigned to their fate. They will need to really come at Spurs in the second half, which should open up plenty of space for Son and Kane on the break. Spurs, to be clear, have been poor but Leeds worse.
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Leeds have had so many chances, though none entirely clear-cut.
A few boos are half-time from the home fans, with Harry Kane’s 29th league goal of the season the difference.
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47min: ...and there’s the whistle.
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45min: Two minutes added on.
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44min: There’s been some bad corners today and that’s up there with the worst as Kulusevski’s delivert doesn’t beat the first man.
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43min: Spurs almost clear on the break again, this time Son leading the charge before Ayling gets a boot in at the right time.
Emerson wins a corner.
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42min: Harrison bends it in but Sanchez easily heads clear.
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It’s around 35 yards out, on the right-hand side.
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38min: Ooof, I tell you what, Kane should have a hat-trick.
The striker is found with a smart ball from Skipp in the area, but his touch lets him down and allows Ayling to mop up.
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36min: Leeds win another corner, they try to play it short but it’s nowhere near any of three possible targets. That is so bad.
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33min: McKennie spots an opening around 30 yards out after Kane loses the ball, but drags his shot wide.
Another rushed decision.
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Leicester have taken the lead over West Ham.
As it stands, they stay up over Everton and Leeds.
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29min: Leeds are so nervous, and you can understand why, but the amount of misplaced passes or poor touches is making any semblance of progress impossible.
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26min: Oh it had to be 2-0 and another for Kane!
Spurs work it into the area and Kane shapes to bend one past Robles, but a slight deflection sees the spot spin into the goalkeeper’s hands.
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Aston Villa are now 2-0 up over Brighton. Looks like no European football for Spurs next season.
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23min: The corner comes to nothing.
Spurs starting to see more of the ball in the last few minutes.
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22min: Straight up the other end, Forshaw’s effort is deflected over by Sanchez!
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21min: Finally a break for Spurs as Kulusevski crosses the halfway and has the freedom of the pitch to run at, he opts to find Son to his left but the pass is a tad too soft and Leeds clear.
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18min: The delivery is easily cleared by Bissouma but much of the play is in Spurs’ half.
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17min: Leeds fans want a booking for Kane, who pushes Ayling over while trying to tackle him, but the referee isn’t having anything.
Leeds free kick about 35 yards out.
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15min: Wober goes through the back of Kulusevski to earn a booking.
Perhaps a little too pumped up.
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12min: I tell you what, it’s Tottenham who look the most shaky at the back despite, y’know, not having their Premier League survival in the balance.
The Leeds crowd are giving it all.
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9min: Leeds are doing the right things and putting pressure on Spurs, and we all know the visitors don’t like that.
Allardyce bellowing at his players, and they are responding.
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Douglas Luiz has given Aston Villa the lead, so Spurs are back into eighth place as it stands and no Europe.
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7min: Koch should have scored!
It’s a free header, eight yards out, but the defender cannot direct it on target. That would have been his first ever goal for the club.
So many heads in hands.
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4min: Slight pause in play as Kane goes down, holding his knee.
He looks to be OK to continue.
Allardyce fumes on the touchline, not about Kane you’d imagine.
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2min: Oh wow. Well, talk about silencing the crowd.
Kane has the ball in the back of the net and that’s Leeds already facing a huge uphill battle.
Leeds barely touch the ball, as Spurs work it down the right and into the area through Porro, to Son and Kane is in space inside the area.
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1min: Here we go!
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Here come the teams.
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Elland Road is pumping. The fans are doing their part.
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The teams are heading back in. Kick-off soon.
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It's quite a bold move - or perhaps not - from Allardyce to name six defenders for a game which Leeds must win.
Rob Green said: "I watched last week against West Ham and West Ham were in second gear and managed to score. Leeds didn't put any pressure on and it felt like the belief just seeped out of the side."
Paul Robinson added: "Spurs have been so poor, especially away from home. They seem like a rudderless ship at the moment, they really do.
"There's a lot of people talking about the managerial situation but I think the play needs looking at too."
Europa Conference League permutations
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So what do Tottenham need to qualify for the Europa League.
If Aston Villa win, then it’s all over.
If Aston Villa draw, a win would be enough.
If Aston Villa lose, a draw would be enough due to Spurs’ superior goal difference.
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Is this goodbye for Harry Kane too?
He has recently been talking like a man who will be there next season, but will also be in the final year on his contract and Manchester United are sniffing around.
Whatever happens, you wouldn't rule out a final-day special from Kane. He usually comes up trumps to end the season with a florish.
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Leeds make one change for their do-or-die game as Patrick is unable to be fit in time for Cooper comes in. Rodrigo starts.
Tottenham also make one change from the loss at Brentford as Porro replaces Danjuma.
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And the hosts.
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Here we go then.
Our XI for the final time this season 📋 pic.twitter.com/NcEkzxZIoc
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 28, 2023
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Team news is imminent.
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It's not just about relegation today. Tottenham can still qualify for a Europa Conference League place.
They need to better Aston Villa's result at Brighton to leapfrog them into seventh.
Also, Kane needs to score nine goals to beat Haaland to the Golden Boot. He has 28 goals, which would have been enough in 19 Premier League seasons!
Mason defends Levy
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Ryan Mason is unlikely to be in the manager’s job come the start of next season and has been talking about the club under Daniel Levy.
The interim manager has leapt to the defence of the under-fire Tottenham chairman, including he has been “let down by other people” during the club’s subpar season.
Spurs were Champions League finalists as recently as 2019, but years of declining performances and limited squad investment have seen them finish sixth, seventh and fourth in the last three Premier League campaigns. They could finish as low as ninth this season on the final day.
Levy has come in for criticism in recent weeks as Spurs have played the long game in replacing banned former managing director Fabio Paratici as well as manager Antonio Conte. Conte left in March, while Paratici stepped down last month.
“He’s spent money”, Mason said in response to Levy’s supposed frugality. “I think ultimately he’s been let down by other people.”
What Leeds need
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Leeds really do need all the cards to fall in their favour to avoid relegation.
They must beat Tottenham by any score, then hope Leicester fail to win and Everton lose.
There is also another survival scenario for Leeds in which they beat Tottenham by at least three goals, Leicester fail to win and Everton draw, in which case Leeds would stay up on goal difference, or if that is level, courtesy of having scored more goals.
Leeds beat the drop on the final day of last season by winning at Brentford, but even Sam Allardyce, the renowned escape artist who answered Leeds' SOS call in May, sounded pessimistic after last weekend's loss at West Ham.
"It was difficult for him, coming in at this stage with this many games left," former Leeds great Eddie Gray said. "You don't get a real opportunity. It's a difficult situation for everybody. But the club probably had to try something to try and get us out the situation."
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These are not two teams that you can confidently predict will show up and deliver a strong performance, with Leeds deep in the relegation fight and Spurs limping into the summer.
The need is much greater for Leeds and it’s sure to be an incredible atmosphere at Elland Road, but even that might not be enough to drag their side to the three points that are required.
Tottenham team news
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Tottenham could have Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg back fit, though he may not be thrust into the starting line-up with Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma starting last time out.
Will Arnaut Danjuma get a run out in the final game of his loan spell, while Lucas Moura could get another send-off after last week’s cameo against Brentford.
Spurs will remain without Hugo Lloris (thigh), Cristian Romero (knock), Eric Dier (groin), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) and Rodrigo Bentancur (knee).
Leeds team news
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Early team news suggests that Rodrigo has been passed fit to start for Leeds, which is a huge boost for the team. Patrick Bamford has also not been ruled out.
Rodrigo (foot) returned to training on Friday and a late decision will be made on his strike partner (hamstring).
Junior Firpo is available after a one-game ban, but Tyler Adams (hamstring) and Luis Sinisterra (ankle) are out.
How to watch
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Today’s match is one of three which has been picked for live TV coverage in the UK.
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with covering getting underway at 3.30pm BST for a 4.30pm kick-off.
Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch on a live stream through the BT Sport website or app.
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Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Leeds and Tottenham.
It’s do or die for Leeds this afternoon, while Spurs also still have something to fight for as the season concludes.
Kick-off is at 4.30pm BST and we have Dan Kilpatrick there for us in Yorkshire.
Stick with us.