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Cardiff City F.C. 2–1 Leeds United F.C. (2002)
Thu, 2022-Jan-06 01:04 UTC
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The featured article for Thursday, 6 January 2022 is Cardiff City F.C. 2–1 Leeds United F.C. (2002).

The 2001–02 FA Cup third-round association football match between Cardiff City and Leeds United was played at Ninian Park, Cardiff, on 6 January 2002. The visitors Leeds went into the match as strong favourites given the gulf in divisions that separated the two teams; Leeds were leading the Premier League at the time while Cardiff were placed 10th in the Second Division, the third tier and two tiers below their opposition. Leeds entered the FA Cup in the third round, receiving byes in the opening rounds as they participated in the Premier League, while Cardiff had won their first two ties to reach this stage of the competition.

The match was played in front of more than 22,000 spectators, the largest attendance for any fixture played at Ninian Park during the season, and was refereed by Andy D'Urso. Cardiff attacked their opponents early on but Leeds took the lead in the 12th minute via a goal from striker Mark Viduka. Cardiff equalised shortly after, when Graham Kavanagh scored direct from a free-kick. Shortly before half-time, Leeds midfielder Alan Smith was controversially sent off by referee D'Urso after clashing with Cardiff's Andy Legg. In the second half, Leeds played more defensively to compensate for Smith's dismissal. With three minutes remaining, Scott Young volleyed the ball into the net from a corner to give Cardiff the lead and the eventual win. The victory was described by Henry Winter as "one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history".

As the match ended, Cardiff fans launched a pitch invasion that led to confrontations between the two sets of supporters. Police were forced to intervene and pushed the home crowd away from the visiting supporters. Four arrests were made at the game while more were made in the ensuing weeks based on police footage and Cardiff and their fans faced widespread criticism. Club chairman Sam Hammam had altercations with a BBC reporter and Leeds manager David O'Leary in the immediate aftermath of the game. Cardiff were eventually fined £20,000 over the pitch invasion.

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