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Leeds suffer unbelievable collapse in 5-1 defeat to relegation rivals

Leeds United suffered a monumental collapse on Sunday afternoon, leading 1-0 after 45 minutes but ultimately losing 5-1 to Crystal Palace at Elland Road. The stadium was half-empty at the full-time whistle after Leeds' unreal capitulation, and the remaining supporters only stayed to let the players know the extent of their embarrassment.

After an impressive 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in midweek, Sunday was another proverbial relegation six-pointer with Palace just one point ahead of Leeds. Javi Gracia's side had found some confidence and started strongly with Brenden Aaronson personifying Leeds' growing belief. 

The 22-year-old almost scored his first goal since August but Sam Johnstone denied his shot in the sixth-minute.  

Aaronson's set-piece delivery was also on point, and his 21st-minute corner kick was met by Patrick Bamford for a deserved opener. 

Weston McKennie was playing well in the heart of midfield as well.

But the moment it came undone was just before halftime. With one minute of stoppage time given, Marc Guéhi brought Palace level following a set piece. 

That set the stage for Leeds' horror show in the second half. By the 77th-minute, the scoreboard read 5-1 in favor of Palace. When you're in the relegation battle, this sort of disintegration feels like a one-way ticket to the EFL Championship.

Aaronson was hooked in the 60th minute while McKennie played the full 90.

"The second half, we fell apart a bit. It was a freak result and one we will move on from," Bamford said. "It was one of those games where every mistake we made literally got punished... one game like that will not decide our season."

The result sends Roy Hodgson's Palace flying up to 12th place on 33 points. Leeds are stuck on 29 points (just two points above the relegation zone) and now sit 16th. Of their eight remaining matches, five are against teams in the top half of the table.

Next up is Liverpool at Elland Road on Monday, Apr. 17.

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