Monday 04 November 2013
Leeds United underlined their top-four credentials with a stunning come-from-behind victory over Liverpool, all four goals coming from Australia striker Mark Viduka.
The home side went into the match without 10 first-team players. They then lost defender Jonathan Woodgate to injury early in the match and found themselves 2-0 down after 18 minutes after headers by Sami Hyypia and Christian Ziege.
The latter turned from hero to villain six minutes after his goal as his casual clearance was charged down by Alan Smith and went straight to Viduka, who clipped the ball over goalkeeper Sander Westerveld.
The match was all square just after the break when Viduka headed home powerfully from Gary Kelly's cross while Jamie Carragher denied Smith what looked an almost certain goal when he intervened with a heroic block after a mix-up between Markus Babbel and Westerveld.
It was Liverpool who struck next, Vladimir Smicer turning in Patrik Berger's cros. Back came Leeds, Viduka twisting and turning inside the penalty area and evading tackles before driving the ball home.
That second equaliser came with 17 minutes to go and more drama was to follow as two minutes later, Viduka beat the offside trap and again chipped over Westerveld to send Elland Road into delirium.
"At 2-0 down, I didn't think I'd be talking like this but with Viduka and Alan Smith, you've always got a chance to score goals," said Leeds manager David O’Leary. "We got lucky, but I always felt we could score against them. I loved beating Liverpool as a player - and I like it as a manager."
The victory moved Leeds up to seventh and after a mid-season blip, they enjoyed a superb end-of-season surge, losing only one of their final 16 matches, to finish in fourth, one point and place behind Liverpool.