Leeds score a goalless draw at Crystal Palace

Leeds moved a point clear of the relegation zone after a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

In a game of few chances, neither team could find the breakthrough.

The best of luck went to Jean-Philippe Mateta, but he couldn’t find the net or really test Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Leeds remain in 16th position, now five points behind 18th-placed Everton, and Palace were able to end their three-game losing streak in all competitions but remain 14th.

Patrick Vieira and Leeds boss Jesse Marsch had faced each other nine times while in charge of New York City and New York Red Bulls respectively and the matches were often heated, and the one at Selhurst Park also had its tense moments just before the break.

After the first exchanges in midfield, Palace had the first chance of the match with a long direct ball over Mateta, who chipped the ball past Meslier, but Diego Llorente was able to come back and clear.

Palace had another chance in the 11th minute when Nathaniel Clyne crossed the ball towards Wilfried Zaha, who was well placed, but his header lacked power and Meslier was able to collect.

Leeds had to scramble the ball in the 15th minute when Conor Gallagher cleverly picked off Jordan Ayew who went past towards the back post, but Mateta couldn’t get there and drive home.

Leeds had to wait until the 27th minute for their first corner of the game, which fell on Liam Cooper but his effort went straight for Vicente Guaita.

Just before half time there was tension on both sides and the players clashed a few times but it calmed down.

Leeds had an opportunity early in the second half, after a lackluster opening 45, when Stuart Dallas picked Raphinha on the wing, and he cut but took too long trying to take his deflected shot large.

With both teams unable to show their quality in the final third, Dallas took a chance from range but was wide of Guaita’s goal.

Shortly after, Zaha had another chance to play Mateta through the cross but his pass lacked pace and Leeds were able to clear. In the 66th minute, Zaha picked off Mateta but his attempt went over the bar.

Palace looked close to breaking the deadlock when Meslier had to make an important save to deny Zaha’s curling effort.

Gallagher had a chance with less than five minutes remaining, but his shot from the center of the box also went straight for the keeper.

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