Norwich City will have to avoid defeat at Elland Road after drawing the home leg of their play-off semi-final with Leeds 0-0.

City had the best of the first half, spending large parts of it probing without any significant success.

Georgionio Rutter had a golden chance to open the scoring when Willy Gnonto cut back for him in the 13th minute, but his kick only hit fresh air.

The visitors had the ball in the net 17 minutes later when a stray Shane Duffy tackle broke for Junior Firpo, but an offside flag denied the Spaniard.

Gabriel Sara fluffed a half-chance to score when Dimitris Giannoulis found him on the break early in the second half, before the pattern of Leeds chance creation continued.

Neither Crysencio Summerville nor former Canary Sam Byram could make the most, however, and Norwich began to grow back into the game.

But clear openings were few and far between in a sterile second half, and both sides settled for a draw.


The Pink Un:


12. Long (GK)

5. Hanley

14. van Hooijdonk (on for Sargent, 84)

15. McCallum (on for Giannoulis, 75)

16. Fassnacht (on for Rowe, 60)

19. Sorensen

21. Batth

35. Fisher

43. Welch

Head Coach: David Wagner

Bookings: Duffy (51), Giannoulis (54), Fassnacht (65)



The Pink Un:


28. Darlow (GK)

5. Creswell

6. Cooper

7. Piroe (on for Rutter, 70)

12. Anthony (on for Gnonto, 70)

17. Shackleton

20. James (on for Summerville, 87)

33. Roberts

49. Joseph

Manager: Daniel Farke

Bookings: Gnonto (45)



6 - Gnonto cuts back and finds Rutter 12 yards out, but he misses his kick.

13 - Summerville goes for goal with his wide free-kick but Stacey heads behind.

15 - Sargent heads Stacey's centre wide under pressure from Byram.

17 - Meslier easily holds Sara's 30-yard free-kick.

22 - City work the ball well to Nunez, who shoots with his left foot but can't find the target from 25 yards.

30 - Firpo rolls into an empty net after Duffy's tackle rolls into his path, but the flag is up for offside.

Half time: Norwich City 0-0 Leeds United

53 - Gibson finds Giannoulis in behind and the Greek cuts back for Sara. The 24-year-old doesn't time his stride right, however, and scuffs wide.

58 - Duffy's header falls for Summerville, who forces Gunn to push behind at his near post.

69 - Nunez' free-kick deflects behind for a corner.

81 - Anthony shoots from the corner of the box, but it's straight at Gunn.

Full time: Norwich City 0-0 Leeds United


Gunn 6, Stacey 6, Duffy 5, Gibson 7, Giannoulis 7, Nunez 6, McLean 7, Rowe 6, Sara 5, Sainz 6, Sargent 4. Subs: Fassnacht 6, McCallum 6, van Hooijdonk 5.


Possession: 39.7pc-60.3pc

Shots: 6-4

On target: 1-2

Corners: 4-4

Fouls: 10-16

Added time: 1 min/4 mins

ATTENDANCE: 26,982 (1,959 Leeds)

REFEREE: Josh Smith