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Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 08/05/2021

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3 - 1
LEE
TOT
S. Dallas (13)
P. Bamford (42)
Rodrigo (84)
Son Heung-Min (25)
Elland Road

Commentary

That is all from this Premier League fixture, until next time!
A 3-1 win here moves Leeds up to ninth and keeps Tottenham five points away from the Champions League qualification spots. The hosts next travel to Burnley, while Mason’s side will host Wolves as they look to improve on their sixth-place Premier League standing.
Leeds respond to last weekend's defeat with a 3-1 victory, which all but ends Tottenham's hopes of Champions League qualification. Dallas opened the scoring before Son immediately pegged the hosts back in the first half. Bamford restored Leeds' lead with a first-half goal and Rodrigo confirmed the three points for the Whites with an emphatic second-half finish past Lloris. In truth, if it wasn't for Lloris, Bielsa's men could have won by two or three more goals, given the quality of their performance and the chances they created today.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 3-1 TOTTENHAM
90' + 3' Tottenham have conceded 3+ goals for a fourth time since the turn of the year - only Southampton (6), Palace, Sheffield United and Wolves (5 each) have done so on more occasions in 2021.
90' + 2' Lamela travels over the halfway line, reaching the edge of the hosts' area before pulling a left-footed attempt well wide of goal. Perhaps the better option was the run of Son, however, the Argentine chose to go alone.
90' + 1' CHANCE! Alioski plays a diagonal pass towards Rodrigo inside the area. The Spaniard offloads to Dallas, who races onto the pass before curling a right-footed shot towards the right-hand corner from the edge of the area. Lloris smartly moves across to parry around the post and keep Leeds' advantage to just the two goals.
K. Phillips
M. Klich
Leeds United
90' Klich wanders over to the touchline and he is replaced by Phillips, who makes his return from injury.
88' Dallas continues to press high up the pitch, dispossessing Ndombele before sliding in Rodrigo. The Spanish substitute fakes one way and then the other but his opportunity comes to an end as Dier intervenes inside his own area.
86' This result will all but end any hopes Spurs had of Champions League qualifcation. They will remain five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, having played a game more, unless they can pull off a minor miracle in the closing stages at Elland Road.
Raphinha
Assist
Leeds United
84' Koch drives through the middle, passing over the halfway line for the run of Raphinha on the left flank. The Brazilian pulls out Dier before offloading to Rodrigo, who smashes into the back of the net from inside the area to extend Leeds' advantage.
Rodrigo
Goal
Leeds United
84' GOALLLLLLL! 3-1 LEEDS! Raphinha breaks the offside trap down the left-hand side after a pass from Koch. The Brazilian races into the area, choosing to slide across to an unmarked Rodrigo to the right of goal and the Spaniard smashes a left-footed strike into the bottom left corner. Tottenham are adamant Raphinha was offside but VAR sticks with the original decision and therefore the goal stands!
83' CLOSE! Ayling roams down the right-hand side and opts to play back towards the edge of the area. Klich receives possession, cutting in on his right foot and setting his sights on the top right corner. Lloris can only watch but, fortunately for the visitors, the Polish midfielder's strike goes wide of goal to the right.
82' No side has hit the woodwork on more occasions in the Premier League this season than Tottenham (20 - level with Aston Villa and West Ham).
T. Ndombèlé
G. Lo Celso
Tottenham Hotspur
80' Mason sends on Ndombele as he looks to chase an equaliser. Lo Celso is the man to be replaced by the Frenchman.
Rodrigo
P. Bamford
Leeds United
79' Bamford, who so far looks to have scored the winning goal, comes off for Rodrigo with just over 10 minutes to go.
78' Lo Celso's corner seems destined for the head of Kane, however, Struijk jumps above the England captain to head clear. After Struijk's clearance, it looks like Bielsa is set to make some more changes at Elland Road.
77' SAVE! Lo Celso intercepts high up the pitch and rolls to Kane, who slides in Lamela on the overlap to the left of goal. The Argentine opts to shoot rather than pass across goal with his left foot and the incoming Meslier makes an important save as he rushes out to save with his feet.
76' OVER! Lovely intricate play between Klich and Bamford finds the pair both contesting with each other as to which one should pull the trigger. The Polish midfielder, however, opts to offload to Harrison, who from the right of goal curls a left-footed strike over the bar.
75' Lo Celso sneaks in from the left of goal, reaching the byline before crossing towards the six-yard area. Alioski, despite not being the tallest of defenders, jumps the highest to head out for a corner to Spurs, which then comes to nothing.
74' After a run of six consecutive victories against Spurs in the Premier League between 1999 and 2001, Leeds are winless in their last six against them in the competition (D1 L5), losing the last three in a row. Their winless run is set to end here if they can hold out for another 20 minutes or so.
73' OFF THE BAR! Kane hovers over the central free-kick, taking charge ahead of Son, and powering a right-footed effort towards the top right corner. Meslier remains rooted to the spot as he watches Kane's set-piece strike cannon into the crossbar before going out of play.
72' Harrison needlessly fouls as he pulls back on Lucas' arm to offer Tottenham a free-kick 20 yards from goal in a central position. It looks like Kane will be the man to take it.
71' CLOSE! Aurier squares up Raphinha, beating the Brazilian with ease before darting past Alioski too. The right-back shapes to cross but instead shoots, with his effort taking a deflection and nearly catching Meslier out at the near post. The French goalkeeper, however, swiftly moves across to parry over the bar.
70' Lamela slips and Koch, who has transitioned seamlessly into midfield this game, progresses over the halfway line. The German attempts to find Bamford but the pair are on different wavelengths, which allows Lloris to collect a wayward, forward pass.
Lucas Moura
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
68' Lucas' first involvement sees him booked by referee Oliver for catching Alioski with a stray arm in the middle of the park.
Lucas Moura
G. Bale
Tottenham Hotspur
67' At the same time as Lamela's introduction, Lucas also comes on to replace Bale, who struggled to replicate his remarkable form that he displayed in his hat-trick against Sheffield United last time out.
E. Lamela
D. Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
67' Lamela replaces Alli as Mason makes his first change of the game.
65' Son stands over a free-kick on the left before crossing towards the back post. Dier and Alderweireld are forward but it is Bamford who climbs the highest to head clear.
64' SAVE! Dallas plays an inch-perfect pass towards Harrison, who reaches the byline on the right before pulling back towards the edge of the area. Klich runs onto the pass, unleashing a first-time right-footed strike towards the top left corner. Lloris, as he has done all game, produces a smart save to tip wide of goal and keep Leeds' advantage to just one goal.
62' Alioski wanders down the left-hand side and sends in an inviting, early delivery towards the back post. Bamford looks set to finish past Lloris but the ball is just out of his reach and Spurs manage to clear the danger.
Reguilón
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
61' Reguilon becomes the first Tottenham player in the book as he gets cautioned for a soft foul on Raphinha near the left-hand touchline.
61' Kane comes deep to link-up play and finds Son, who sees his right-footed attempt deflected behind by a diving Struijk. The resulting corner, sent in by Lo Celso, comes to nothing as the hosts head clear at the near post.
60' Leeds could become the first side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League against each of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs in a season since West Ham in 2015-16, and only the third newly promoted side to do so, after Ipswich Town in 2000-01 and Birmingham City in 2009-10.
Raphinha
T. Roberts
Leeds United
58' Roberts comes off for Raphinha as Bielsa makes the first change of the game. Dallas moves centrally and it looks like Harrison will also move out to the right-hand side to accommodate for the Brazilian's introduction.
57' Dier powers in front of Bamford and whips a superb pass to the left-hand channel for Kane. The Spurs captain turns past Ayling before his pass trickles through to Llorente, who intervenes just as Son looked like shooting.
56' CHANCE! Struijk needlessly gives away possession on the left flank, which allows Lo Celso to move the ball inside and find Son. The Spurs forward squares up Ayling, driving onto his left foot before firing a left-footed attempt just wide of Meslier's goal to the right. The warning signs are there for the Whites and they need to be more careful in possession.
55' WIDE! Alli draws a tackle near the halfway line and feeds Kane. The English forwards runs 15 yards unchallenged before releasing a right-footed strike from outside the area towards the bottom left corner. Meslier, however, sees it all the way and watches it go wide of the target.
54' Moura wanders down the touchline as he warms up, presumably with the intention to be brought on by Mason very soon. Tottenham have lacked quality and the Brazilian could add some much-needed attacking impetus into the visitors.
52' Alderweireld looks long for Alli but Meslier comes out to take charge and collects the ball high above his head. Barring Son's goal, Meslier has rarely been called upon, hence why Leeds deservedly lead.
R. Koch
Yellow Card
Leeds United
51' Son starts progressing over the halfway line, only to be brought down by Koch. The German's interventions don't go unnoticed as he becomes the first name in referee Oliver's book.
50' NO GOAL! Lo Celso wanders inside from the left flank and pokes through to Kane inside the area. The England captain dances around Meslier and smashes into an empty net, however, the flag is up for offside against the Spurs man. VAR has a quick check and confirms the original decision was correct.
49' Tottenham have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games when trailing at half time (D2 L10), although that victory did come in their last such game, versus Southampton (2-1).
47' Alioski starts as he finished the first half, driving down the left before whipping in a cross. On this occasion, Alderweireld moves over to the near post to hook away a clearance in front of Bamford.
46' Referee Oliver gets the second half underway!
Mason may want to change his right-hand side as Aurier is regularly being exposed against Harrison and Alioski. Bielsa, however, will be delighted with his side's first-half performance, with Meslier rarely required and the hosts frequently testing Lloris at the other end.
Leeds deservedly run down the Elland Road tunnel as 2-1 leaders in this Premier League fixture. Dallas opened the scoring with a simple rebound before Son immediately pegged the hosts' back with the visitors' only real chance of the first half. After Kane had a goal disallowed for offside, Bamford restored Leeds' lead with a tap-in from close range, courtesy of some smart attacking play from the home side's best outlet of the half, Alioski on Harrison on the left flank.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 2-1 TOTTENHAM
45' There will be one minute of added time as the Whites lead 2-1 at a wet and windy Elland Road.
44' Lo Celso takes the attack on himself as he drives down the left-hand channel and attempts to find Son. Ayling, however, is more than capable of dealing with the pass and steps in before Llorente is needed to come across.
P. Bamford
Goal
Leeds United
42' GOOOOOALLLLL! 2-1 LEEDS! The warning signs on the left flank have been there for the visitors and now they have been made to pay. Roberts works it out to Harrison, who rolls Alioski in on the overlap towards the byline. The left-back takes his time before sliding a left-footed cross towards the near post, where Bamford taps in from close range to restore Leeds’ lead. The English forward won’t get many simpler finishes than that.
E. Alioski
Assist
Leeds United
42' Dallas drifts inside from the right-hand side, playing Roberts, who finds Harrison. From the left of goal, Harrison offloads to Alioski, who overlaps before taking his time and crossing low towards the near post for Bamford to convert with a simple finish past Lloris.
41' Harrison and Alioski again link-up, with the former crossing towards the penalty spot with his right foot. Bamford drifts in between Dier and Alderweireld but the cross goes just over his head and out for a goal-kick to the away side.
40' Bale beats Alioski with ease on the right flank and progresses into the area. The Welsh forward chops inside, aiming to shoot with his left foot before being crowded out by three of the Whites' defenders. Kane cuts a frustrated figure at the back post as he clearly felt he was a better passing option.
39' Son looks to find his attacking partner Kane, who twists and turns inside the area as he attempts to shoot. Koch, however, keeps his eye on the ball and manages to intervene before the England captain can test Meslier.
38' Alioski, who has arguably been Leeds' brightest spark as the full-back continues to combine with Harrison, sends a searching ball into the left-hand channel. Aurier nips in front of Son and, surprisingly, referee Oliver gives a foul as he deems Harrison's challenge to be unfair.
37' Spurs' equaliser signified Son's 17th goal of the season. Only team-mate Kane (21) and Liverpool forward Mo Salah (20) have scored more Premier League goals than Son this season.
35' Klich slides in Ayling towards the byline and the right-back attempts to pull back towards the front post. Reguilon, who throws himself in front of the cross, does well to intervene before the chance can find Bamford, who was waiting near the penalty spot for an opportunity.
34' CLOSE! Dallas remains on corner duties and swings a right-footed set-piece towards the near post. Koch gets in front of his man, flicking a header onto Bale, who deflects just wide of Lloris' goal from the front post. If the Welshman's clearance, which he didn't know too much about, was on target, there isn't a lot Lloris could do from that sort of range.
33' Dallas goes roaming down the right-hand side and delivers an inviting delivery towards the far post. Roberts rushes towards the cross but Aurier does excellently to flick a clearance away, right as the Welshman was about to pounce.
31' NO GOAL! A great passing move from the visitors results in Alli rolling in Kane, who lifts over Meslier inside the area with a cool, right-footed finish. The flag immediately goes up for offside and, after a quick check, VAR confirms the original decision was correct.
30' Another of the Whites' corners comes to nothing as Spurs manage to clear. Klich does cross back in but Koch can only head well wide of goal from the back post.
29' Lloris needlessly punches, which allows the home side to regain possession outside the area. Harrison, with his back to goal, tees up Koch, who sees his right-footed strike deflected wide for another corner to Bielsa's men.
27' CHANCE! Klich sets Harrison free down the left flank and the midfielder runs at Aurier. Twisting and turning, Aurier has no idea which way to go as Harrison cuts in and curls a right-footed effort towards goal. Lloris is on hand, however, to smartly parry over the bar and out for a corner to the hosts.
Son Heung-Min
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
25' GOALLLLLLL! 1-1! Spurs level with their first big chance of the game as Son places a right-footed finish past the incoming Meslier and into the bottom right corner. All credit goes to Alli, however, who slotted a pass for Son in between two Leeds defenders to release the Spurs scorer into the area. The equaliser is a tad harsh on Leeds, who have dominated this game so far, but Mason and his men won't care as they are back level!
D. Alli
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
25' Alli returns to his best as he draws out the attention of two Leeds defenders outside the area before sliding a right-footed pass between the defensive pair to roll in Son. The Spurs forward makes no mistake as he finishes with ease past the incoming Meslier to level the scoring with his right foot from inside the area.
23' Harrison pokes a left-footed pass down the left-hand channel for Bamford. Roberts decides to take over and attack down that flank; however, the move ends as the assistant indicates both of the attackers are offside.
21' Harrison chips forward, looking for Bamford, who as always is constantly on the move. Dier stalls for a moment before hooking away a much-needed clearance in front of the ready and waiting English forward.
20' Dallas is the first Northern Irish player to score eight Premier League goals in a single season since Chris Brunt in 2008-09. His eighth goal of the season has the Whites deservedly leading at a soaking Elland Road.
18' Alli drives through the centre of the pitch and an exchange with Kane results in the midfielder firing a right-footed strike from range. Koch, however, drifts across from his midfield role to block before the effort can trouble Meslier.
17' Harrison arrows in a wide set-piece from the left flank and Hojbjerg heads away at the back post. Roberts looks to create another chance and Hojbjerg is again on hand, this time at the near post, to clear before Bamford can pounce inside the area.
15' The visitors look to instantly respond as Son whips in a corner from the left. Bale moves towards the near post, flicking a header towards goal before Alli gets in the way and does Meslier's job for him.
S. Dallas
Goal
Leeds United
13' GOALLLLLL! 1-0 LEEDS! Koch plays towards Alioski and the full-back moves the ball out to the left flank. Harrison runs at Aurier, reaching the byline before drilling a low cross towards the back post. Reguilon deflects the initial cross towards his own goal, forcing Lloris to make a smart parry. Dallas, however, is on hand to rush into the six-yard area and smash a right-footed strike into the top right corner.
12' Bamford and Roberts exchange passes through the middle and the latter reaches the edge of the area before unleashing a right-footed attempt. Alderweireld quickly dives in to block and the Welshman's effort loops comfortably into the hands of Lloris.
10' Tottenham have won three consecutive league games against Leeds, their longest ever winning run against the Whites. They’re looking to pick up back-to-back league wins at Elland Road for the first time since October 1979.
9' OVER! Dallas whips in an inswinging corner from the left-hand side and Harrison does well to keep the ball alive at the back post. Struijk pulls off to the penalty spot, receiving a bouncing pass from Harrison, and volleys over the bar. Two chances come in as many minutes for Leeds, but for now the scores remain level.
7' SAVE! Alioski feeds Harrison inside the left flank and the midfielder slides Bamford into the area. The English forward attempts to drill a low shot towards the bottom right corner with his left foot from the left of goal but Lloris does well to turn the effort around the post for a corner to the hosts.
6' Koch deals with the visitors' first corner as he clears a low cross at the near post. Alli tries to recycle the ball and find Kane inside the six-yard area; however, the Whites stand firm to remove any opportunity from Alli's pass.
5' Kane wanders over to the right and attempts a curling, right-footed cross towards Son in the area. Llorente flies across to produce a diving header and clears out for the first corner of the game.
4' Leeds press high and Roberts regains possession on the left flank. The Welshman looks to move the ball inside but he fails to find Bamford and Tottenham escape the potential danger. The hosts, as usual, are insistent on getting in their opposition's face and the away side look slightly uncomfortable so far.
2' Bale occupies the right-hand side and drifts inside as he attempts to find Kane. Struijk, however, intercepts and calmly plays back to Meslier to offer the goalkeeper his first touch of the game.
1' Referee Michael Oliver gets this game under way!
This is the first time Leeds are hosting Tottenham in any competition since January 2013, when the Whites won an FA Cup tie 2-1 courtesy of goals from Luke Varney and Ross McCormack.
Mason also sticks with an unchanged starting eleven, rewarding the starters who hammered Sheffield United last week. Kane leads the line, backed up by Alli, Son and Bale, who scored a hat-trick against the Blades. This is Mason’s first away game in charge in the Premier League and he will be looking to maintain his perfect top-flight start with Spurs.
Bielsa opts for an unchanged side despite defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion last time out. However, on the bench, the hosts will be delighted to welcome back Phillips and Raphinha from their respective injuries and they will undoubtedly play a part later in this game.
SUBS: Davinson Sanchez, Joe Hart, Tanguy Ndombele, Matt Doherty, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Moussa Sissoko.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso; Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, Gareth Bale; Harry Kane.
SUBS: Leif Davis, Raphinha, Rodrigo Moreno, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Kiko Casilla, Jamie Shackleton, Pablo Hernandez, Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk, Ezgjan Alioski; Robin Koch; Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
The visitors are unbeaten in the Premier League since Ryan Mason’s temporary appointment, defeating Southampton 2-1 and most recently Sheffield United 4-0. Falling either side of a 2-1 EFL Cup final loss to Manchester City, these wins have kept Tottenham in the hunt for a top-four finish as they remain five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in sixth.
After a memorable away victory over Manchester City, draws at home to Liverpool and Manchester United followed for Leeds. Disappointingly, however, the Whites’ good run of form ended last Saturday as they went down 2-0 losers to Brighton and Hove Albion. Marcelo Bielsa’s side sit in 11th currently with no concerns of relegation, which pays credit to the wonderful campaign his men have had.
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