Leeds take a one-goal benefit into the second leg at Elland Highway on Wednesday evening
Kemar Roofe’s second-half strike sealed a formidable 1-Zero win for guests Leeds within the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final on Saturday.
Roofe collected a wonderful cross from winger Jack Harrison and tucked the ball expertly previous Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos after 54 minutes.
It was Roofe’s 15th objective of the season – and the fourth time he has netted towards Derby this time period – and places Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect in pole place to ebook a Wembley date with the winner of Aston Villa vs West Brom.
Derby seemed to be thrown a lifeline once they have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes remaining after Harrison appeared to foul Jayden Bogle.
Nonetheless, referee Craig Pawson controversially overturned his resolution and awarded a free-kick to the guests after consulting assistant referee Eddie Good.
The hosts have been incensed by the choice and likewise felt Leeds ought to have been lowered to 10 males when Mateusz Klich appeared to headbutt Fikayo Tomori within the chest.
Frank Lampard will have been unhappy with his side’s performance as they failed to muster a single shot in target.
The Rams will now have to do what no other team has ever done in play-off history at this level before – overturn a first-leg deficit after losing at home – to advance to the final.
The second leg is at Elland Highway on Wednesday evening – reside on talkSPORT.
Within the different play-off semi-final on Saturday, Aston Villa got here from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 at Villa Park.