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The Championship title race is the most absurdly dramatic narrative in football right now

Leeds and Norwich have been trading scarcely believable blows in recent weeks

It’s only fitting that a league as unpredictable and open as the Championship has a suitably bonkers title race to match.

If you haven’t been following Leeds United and Norwich City’s recent activities then you’ve missed out on a drama befitting a hyperbolic soap opera.

And the Christmas Special was the best episode yet.

One way to get rid of a Christmas hangover…

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One way to get rid of a Christmas hangover…

Both league leaders Leeds and chasers Norwich were at home this Boxing Day, hosting Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest respectively.

A second-half capitulation meant the Canaries went 3-0 down to Forest before Mario Vrancic grabbed what most would have labelled a consolation in the 77th minute.

Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa’s men were briefly heartbroken when Charlie Mulgrew scored a 90th minute free-kick to give Blackburn a 2-1 lead.

However, just as they did against Aston Villa three days ago, Leeds fought back through Kemar Roofe.

The Whites’ No7 levelled in the 91st minute before expertly guiding a header into the bottom corner in the 95th minute to ensure a second successive last-gasp victory.

Cue delirious scenes at Elland Road.

Clutch player

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Clutch player

Not to be outdone, Norwich cranked up the pressure in the 94th minute when Onel Hernandez’s cross-cum-shot nestled in the far corner.

Then in the 98th minute, the 25-year-old winger induced wild celebrations at Carrow Road with the latest of equalisers.

If you’ve lost track – and we don’t blame you – that’s four injury-time goals between the Championship’s top two teams this afternoon.

The most remarkable thing is, we should expect nothing different by now.

He’s seen some things

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He’s seen some things

Earlier in December, Norwich scored a 93rd-minute winner after conceding two Bolton goals between minutes 88 and 92.

Daniel Farke’s troops also scored in the 86th minute to beat Blackburn 1-0 in their last game before Christmas.

The next day, Leeds came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Villa Park — Roofe again the injury-time saviour.

At the very start of the month, Pablo Hernandez scored the game’s only goal with eight minutes of normal time remaining of a tense Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Sheffield United.

Where do the celebrations go from here?

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Where do the celebrations go from here?

Naturally, both teams are breaking new ground as a result.

It’s the first time Leeds have ever won a league match from a losing position thanks to two injury-time goals.

While no team have scored more goals after 90 minutes than Norwich this season.

It is a testament to the competitive nature of the league Norwich have just a three-point lead over third-place West Brom to show for their efforts.

While Leeds’ seven-game winning streak has afforded them no more than a three-point cushion at the top.

What else should we expect from El Loco?

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What else should we expect from El Loco?

The character and resilience of both sides must be commended.

We’re midway through the season and already it feels like the 12th round when both boxers think they need a knockout.

Bielsa’s side are showing the effects of his leadership, not just in their style of play but in their mentality.

Rarely have we seen a side so unaffected by going 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes as Leeds at Villa Park.

Hernandez, Roofe, Pontus Jansson and co maintained belief in their gaffer’s philosophy without panicking with great success.

Fan favourite/man mountain

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Fan favourite/man mountain

Norwich have scored so many late goals there is now an expectant sense of inevitability as their games draw to a conclusion.

Both are showing the hallmarks of champions.

The countdown is already on for their meeting at Elland Road on the 2nd of February, but at this rate both sets of fans can expect more surreal twists and turns before then.

Keep an eye on this battle regardless of who you support — it’s too much fun to miss.


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