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England round-up: Leeds stay in hunt

Published: Monday 8 April 2002, 0.51CET
Leeds United AFC boosted their flagging European challenge with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland AFC.

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Published: Monday 8 April 2002, 0.51CET

England round-up: Leeds stay in hunt

Leeds United AFC boosted their flagging European challenge with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland AFC.

Leeds United AFC boosted their flagging European challenge with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland AFC in the FA Premiership today.

Craddock own goal
David O'Leary's side, who had lost their last two matches, enjoyed an early slice of luck at Elland Road as Sunderland defender Jody Craddock turned the ball into his own net after just eight minutes.

Keane makes Sunderland pay
Cameroonian international Patrick Mboma wasted an excellent chance to equalise for the visitors with nine minutes remaining, and Robbie Keane, the Leeds substitute, made him pay just two minutes later when he was left unmarked in the area to slot past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

Leeds stay sixth
Leeds stay in sixth place but are now just three points behind both fourth-placed Chelsea FC and fifth-placed Newcastle United FC, although Newcastle have two games in hand on their rivals.

European qualification
Fourth place is good enough for the UEFA Champions League qualifying round and fifth position guarantees UEFA Cup football next season. The team finishing sixth would only qualify for the UEFA Cup if either Arsenal or Chelsea win the FA Cup.

Phillips injury
Sunderland, who had striker Kevin Phillips go off at half-time with a reported groin strain, remain in 15th place, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Last updated: 08/04/02 10.48CET

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