Duff Rescues A Point (Sky
Leeds United 1 Chelsea 1
Damien Duff saved Chelsea from their first defeat of the season after his second half strike earned The Blues a 1-1 draw at Elland Road following Jermaine Pennant's stunning opener.
Leeds sent an early message to their high-profile opponents, with recalled midfielder Stephen McPhail lucky to escape a booking for catching Claude Makelele with a late challenge.
Paul Robinson was the first keeper to be tested, however Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's effort from an acute angle against his old club was well held.
With Leeds lucky to be holding Chelsea they surprisingly took the lead through a individual goal from on-loan ace Pennant.
The Arsenal man stole the ball from Makelele before drifting past John Terry and William Gallas and placing the ball cleverly past Carlo Cudicini with a left-footed chip.
Chelsea responded immediately, however Robinson turned Frank Lampard's shot out for a corner from Hasselbaink's knock-down and the Dutchman then firing over from a free-kick.
The visitors came out all guns blazing after the interval with Robinson doing well to palm over Duff's fizzed low drive.
Leeds were amazingly ahead moments later when Lucas Radebe was on hand to block substitute Hernan Crespo's point-blank effort from Adrian Mutu's cross, with Duff seeing his rebound blocked for a corner.
Chelsea were on level terms shortly after with Duff on hand to stab home after Robinson did superbly to save Mutu's original shot.
It was no more than The Blues deserved, however it was starting to appear as though Leeds might cling on to the most unlikely of victories.
Despite a late flurry from the visitors, Leeds held on for what could be a crucial point come May in their fight against relegation.
Robinson, Kelley, Harte, Radebe, Matteo, Duberry, McPhail (Domi 64), Milner
(Johnson 63), Pennant, Viduka, Smith
Subs Not Used Carson, Morris, Bridges
Chelsea Cudicini, Gallas, Melchiot,
Bridge, Terry, Makelele, Lampard, Cole (Crespo 45), Duff, Mutu, Hasslebaink (Gronkjaer
Subs Not Used Sullivan, Desailly, Geremi
Referee M. Dean