VIDEO Match report & Stats: Leeds United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

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Marco Matias' stunning 37th minute volley ensured Sheffield Wednesday claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.

The Portuguese forward, a summer signing from Nacional, registered his first goal in Wednesday colours to help the Owls secure their first point on the road in the 2015/16 season.


Matias beat the off-side trap, cleverly flicked the ball over Liam Cooper before looping a venemous left foot shot past Marco Silvestri, which went in off the crossbar. It had shades of Paul Gascoigne's sublime finish against Scotland in Euro 96. His spectacular strike lit up a derby packed full of endeavour but short on quality.


Leeds controlled the majority of the second half and deservedly levelled things up through Chris Wood, who bagged his second goal in as many outings.


Following their poor midweek showing against Reading, Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal freshened up his starting line-up, making six changes.


In came Liam Palmer, Jose Semedo, Kieran Lee, Modou Sougou and Vincent Sasso for their first Championship starts. Atdhe Nuhiu was also passed fit after shaking off a neck injury.

GOAL....Owls Marco Matias hits home his wonder goal

GOAL....Owls Marco Matias hits home his wonder goal


Tom Lees, on his second return to Elland Road, was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Glenn Loovens. Alex Lopez, Lewis McGugan, Lucas Joao, Jack Hunt and Ross Wallace also missed out.


There was less than one minute on the clock when Kalvin Phillips picked up the first caution after hauling Lee down near the centre circle.


Wednesday, playing on the counter attack, created the first meaningful opportunity, with Matias sending a weak shot comfortably into the arms of Marco Silvestri after being fed by Lee.


The visitors harried and harrassed Leeds into mistakes in possession. Sam Hutchinson was particularly infulential in the early stages.


Gaetano Berardi joined Phillips in the referee's notebook after sending Matias tumbling over out wide.


Stuart Dallas, recruited from Brentford, failed to hit the target after a good spell of pressure by Leeds while Hutchinson fired over at the other end.


In-form Whites striker Mirco Antenucci turned sharply before seeing his fierce low drive from distance go narrowly wide after a neat knock down by partner Chris Wood.


After Matias' piece of individual brilliance, Leeds regrouped quickly, finishing the half strongly, with Dallas and the dangerous Antenucci shooting over.


Wednesday survived a big let off just after the re-start when Sol Bamba rosed unmarked to meet Phillips' corner with a downward header which went straight at a relieved Price.


With the Owls stifling their forward forays, Leeds made a double sub just before the hour mark, throwing on midfield duo Luke Murphy and Alex Mowatt.


Doncaster-born Mowatt almost made an immediate impact. He tried his luck from just outside the penalty area but failed to trouble Price.


Leeds' pressure ultimately paid off when Wood tapped home inside the six-yard box after a lovely run and cross by Dalls.


The Whites did not have things all their own way as Palmer combined effectively with Lee before testing the reflexes of Silvestri.


In a second period which continued to ebb and flow, New Zealand international Wood steered a header from eight yeards agonisingly off target following a peach of a delivery by Charlie Taylor.


Leeds kept pouring forward in numbers for a second and Price had to be alert to keep out Mowatt's free kick curler before Antenucci's drive was superbly blocked by Wednesday's defence.


The result means the Whites have drawn all four of their league fixtures.

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