Leeds draw at Palace, 5 points clear of EPL bottom 3

LONDON (AP) — Leeds moved five points clear of the relegation zone by drawing Crystal Palace 0-0 in the English Premier League on Monday.

The team coached by American Jesse Marsch have been sucked into the relegation fight by improved form Burnley and have tough opponents among their five remaining games, starting with Manchester City at the weekend and followed by Arsenal and Chelsea .

Every point could therefore be crucial, and it was won after Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta squandered the best of chances, not really testing Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Palace were able to end their three-game losing streak in all competitions but remained 14th, nine points above the bottom three.

Marsch and Palace manager Patrick Vieira faced each other nine times while in charge of New York Red Bulls and New York City respectively, and the games were often heated. That of Selhurst Park also had its moments of tension just before the break.

Palace had the first chance of the match with a long direct ball over Mateta, who chipped the ball past Meslier. Diego Llorente was able to come back and erase.

The hosts had another chance in the 11th minute when Nathaniel Clyne crossed the ball towards Wilfried Zaha, who was well placed but his header lacked power and Meslier was able to collect.

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