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Leeds United undone by costly errors

Championship title hopefuls Leeds United paid a heavy price for defensive errors, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat by Cardiff City yesterday.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds dominated the early exchanges on their return to action in England's second tier after a three-month hiatus due to Covid-19, but it was Cardiff who took the lead through forward Junior Hoilett in the 35th minute.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips' sloppy pass near the halfway line was nicked by Hoilett, who charged forward before firing into the top corner.

With 19 minutes left, Leeds were again guilty of losing possession inside their own half, allowing Cardiff substitute Robert Glatzel to double their lead from the edge of the area.

The dropped points mean Leeds remain second in the standings with 71 points, trailing West Bromwich Albion on goal difference, while Cardiff revived their play-off hopes by moving up to seventh.

Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston occupy the play-off spots. - REUTERS

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