Birmingham City 4-5 Leeds United: Bielsa's men beat Blues in nine-goal thriller to go top

Written by on December 29, 2019

Helder Costa and Jack Harrison scored their first-half goals at St Andrew's within six minutes of each other
            </figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Leeds United won an astonishing nine-goal thriller against Birmingham City at St Andrew's to go back top of the Championship.</p>

But it was rough luck on Birmingham, who three times came from behind to level before Wes Harding’s injury-time own goal.

“Every time Birmingham scored, we had the energy to go for one more goal,” said Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa’s men will now start 2020 top of the second tier thanks to morning leaders West Bromwich Albion losing just a few miles away at home to Middlesbrough.

It looked like it might be a stroll for Leeds when Helder Costa and Jack Harrison scored inside the space of six first-half minutes.

But 16-year-old Jude Bellingham scored with his first goal in over three months to reduce the arrears at half-time before Lukas Jutkiewicz levelled on 61 minutes.

Luke Ayling put Leeds back in front eight minutes later, but Jeremie Bela equalised for a second time.

Stuart Dallas then struck on 84 minutes, only for Jutkiewicz to level again – but Harding’s own goal in the fifth minute of added time settled a classic contest.

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