Leeds United’s automatic promotion hopes were badly dented as they lost at Brentford to slip three points behind rivals Sheffield United.

The result left leaders Norwich City all-but promoted, six points clear of third-placed Leeds with two games to go and a notably-superior goal difference.

Neal Maupay fired the Bees in front in the first half, after Leeds had earlier been inexplicably denied a penalty when Patrick Bamford was brought down by Julian Jeanvier.

An inspired Sergi Canos tucked in the hosts’ second after the break and Leeds could not respond.

The Whites’ top-two ambitions are now out of their hands and will be all-but over if the Blades beat bottom-of-the-table Ipswich on Saturday.

Since moving three points clear of Sheffield United on 13 April, Leeds have lost back-to-back games over a damaging Easter weekend that looks set to be the downfall of their campaign.

Needing to bounce back from Friday’s surprise home defeat against 10-man Wigan Athletic, Marcelo Bielsa’s side started brightly at Griffin Park, with Bamford firing wide from inside the area early on.

The visitors were furious when they were not given a penalty for what appeared to be a blatant foul by Jeanvier on Bamford in the box – and Maupay swept in the opener just before half-time.

Tyler Roberts then scuffed wide when he had a fine chance to pull Leeds immediately level, and Canos punished Leeds for that miss after the break.

Ultimately Brentford – who stay 15th, with their miniscule play-off hopes mathematically ended by Derby County’s win over QPR earlier on Saturday – could have won by more, but an acrobatic Maupay effort fizzed over.

Norwich will now clinch promotion if they avoid defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, while Leeds – who face Aston Villa at home and then Ipswich away – are reliant on results elsewhere.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26KonsaBooked at 76mins
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 34Bech Sörensen
  • 2Odubajo
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19Sawyers
  • 3Henry
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 79minsSubstituted forDa Silvaat 87′minutes
  • 9MaupayBooked at 73mins
  • 7CanosSubstituted forMarcondesat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 14Da Silva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 24Ogbene
  • 32Racic
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18JanssonSubstituted forClarkeat 64′minutes
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forDallasat 12′minutes
  • 4Forshaw
  • 19Hernández
  • 43KlichBooked at 77mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forRoofeat 58′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 7Roofe
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 28Berardi
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,580

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Mateusz Klich is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Josh Da Silva.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Ollie Watkins.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt blocked. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Mads Bech Sörensen.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Sergi Canos because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergi Canos (Brentford) because of an injury.

Booking

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) has gone down, but that’s a dive.

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Booking

Neal Maupay (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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