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Ipswich Town: Leeds United thrash Norwich City to reach play-off final

Leeds United thrashed Norwich City 4-0 to reach the Championship play-off final.

The first leg of the semi-final tie finished goalless at Carrow Road, giving both sides the chance to progress in Yorkshire.

The hosts struck early on as Ilia Gruev’s seventh minute free-kick caught out the Canaries as Elland Road exploded with noise.

The atmosphere ramped up even further just 13 minutes later as Wilfried Gnonto’s deep cross found the head of Joel Piroe, who capitalised on Angus Gunn’s decision to run off his line, making it 2-0.

Georginio Rutter wrapped up the game in the 40th minute, rifling a shot into the net off the crossbar to make it 3-0 – a scoreline which didn’t flatter Daniel Farke’s side at the half-time interval.

The Whites maintained their pressure, adding a fourth with 68 minutes on the clock as Crysencio Summerville fired Junior Firpo’s cross past Gunn. That allowed them to see out the game with ease, booking their spot at Wembley.

The result means that Ipswich will be in a higher league than Norwich for the first time since 2009/10, when the Canaries were in League One. It also means that there will be no East Anglian derby next season, with the Blues now in the Premier League.

Leeds, who finished the regular season in third place with 90 points, will head to the capital on May 26th, where they’ll face either Southampton or West Brom for a spot in the top flight.

The Saints will take on the Baggies at St. Mary’s in the second leg of the other semi-final tie tomorrow night (8pm), with the first leg having finished goalless.



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