Leeds defy history to claim safety and relegate Burnley

22 May 2022
Premier League - Brentford v Leeds United

Yorkshire club beat Brentford to be first side to emerge from bottom three on final day to avoid the drop in 11 years

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Leeds United became the first team since Wigan Athletic 11 years ago to climb out of the relegation zone on the final day to secure safety, sending down Burnley to the Championship.

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At home to Newcastle United, Burnley had only to match Leeds' score at Brentford to stay in the league.

But the Clarets went 2-0 down to goals from Callum Wilson, which meant that Leeds would stay up if they avoided defeat.

Indeed, they led through Raphinha's penalty but then Sergi Canos levelled for Brentford.

Maxwel Cornet pulled one back for Burnley to give them hope of getting another goal and climbing to safety.

But Jack Harrison struck in stoppage time to seal victory for Leeds and their head coach Jesse Marsch to end the Clarets' six-year stay in the competition.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
17 Leeds United LEE 38 -37 38
18 Burnley BUR 38 -19 35
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