Chris Martin’s stoppage-time equaliser gave Derby County an unlikely point at Leeds United, who wasted several chances to secure victory at Elland Road.

Derby, who beat the Yorkshire club in last season’s Championship play-offs, had been outclassed for long periods before substitute Martin rounded off a fine team move with a cool low finish past Kiko Casilla.

Max Lowe’s unfortunate own goal looked likely to be the difference between the two teams, although Leeds should have put the result beyond doubt long before Martin’s late intervention.

Mateusz Klich casually sent a second-half penalty wide after Patrick Bamford had been brought down in the box by Matt Clarke.

Bamford missed numerous opportunities to make it 2-0, lofting a shot over the bar after brilliantly controlling a long cross-field pass, going close with a drilled shot from outside the area and then hitting the post from close range.

Then, for the third time this season, Leeds let slip a lead in the closing stages of a Championship match to drop points.

They conceded late goals in home games against Nottingham Forest and Swansea, but a repeat rarely looked likely until Martin – who has spent the past season and a half out on loan – popped up with his first Rams goal since November 2017 to snatch a point.

Leeds are a point clear at the top of the Championship, but will be overtaken by Swansea if the Welsh club win at fourth-placed Bristol City (15:00 BST).

A rivalry renewed

The dramatic conclusion at Elland Road was another chapter in a rivalry that developed throughout last season.

This was the first meeting since the Rams’ remarkable play-off semi-final victory in May, four months after the “spygate” incident in January when a member of Leeds’ staff was found acting suspiciously outside Derby’s training ground before their scheduled league fixture.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa later admitted he had sent someone to watch all of his side’s opponents train, for which the club was fined £200,000 by the English Football League.

Derby overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in a remarkable play-off tie to reach Wembley, extending Leeds’ absence from the Premier League into a 16th season.

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDouglasat 73′minutes
  • 46Shackleton
  • 43Klich
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forHélder Costaat 58′minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Gotts

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Clarke
  • 46Malone
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 87mins
  • 5BielikSubstituted forPatersonat 61′minutes
  • 9Waghorn
  • 23HolmesBooked at 65mins
  • 11JozefzoonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKnightat 83′minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forMartinat 73′minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 12Hamer
  • 19Martin
  • 33Davies
  • 38Knight
  • 48Buchanan
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
34,741

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Derby County 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Attempt missed. Matthew Clarke (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Jamie Paterson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Booking

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Offside, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jason Knight replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Patrick Bamford.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Martin (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Pablo Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Jack Marriott.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Patrick Bamford.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Mateusz Klich should be disappointed.

Penalty Leeds United. Patrick Bamford draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Clarke (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Matthew Clarke (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

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