Dan James emulates David Beckham with stunning strike from halfway line as Leeds keep automatic promotion hopes alive

Dan James scored from the halfway line to ensure this week got off to a better start than last.

The Leeds star endured a night to forget last week after missing a crucial penalty in Wales’ Euro 2024 play-off clash with Poland, ultimately costing his country a place at the tournament.


Dan James was the star of the show as Leeds kept their promotion hopes aliveCredit: Getty

But back at the club, the winger has ensured his name is in the headlines for the right reasons.

With Leicester and Ipswich winning earlier on Easter Monday, Leeds knew victory would be needed over Hull to keep the pressure on the Championship’s automatic promotion places.

Leeds took an early lead through Sam Byram, before on-loan midfielder Fabio Carvalho leveled the game for Hull at Elland Road.

A Crysencio Summerville penalty put Leeds 2-1 ahead after 88 minutes, but play-off chasers Hull didn’t finish as they searched for an equalizer to keep their top six hopes alive.

In stunning late scenes, Hull keeper Ryan Allsop pushed forward to try to score a goal, but Leed defended the threat well and launched a counter-attack with James released on the right.

Shortly after crossing the halfway line, the Welsh star unleashed a long-range effort from over 50 yards which rolled into the net to seal a crucial three points.

The victory means Leeds regain their place in the top two of the Championship, one place behind Ipswich who are top.

However, with Leicester a point behind with a game in hand, everything remains to play for in the final weeks of the season.


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