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Leeds United v Everton Live Commentary, 30/08/2022

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L. Sinisterra (55)
A. Gordon (17)
Elland Road


That's all from Elland Road today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Leeds will play Brentford next, before taking on big-spending Nottingham Forest, while Everton go in search of their first Premier League victory of the season in the Merseyside derby before tackling league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates.
A typically furious Premier League encounter ends level, though both sides could perhaps have stolen the points towards the end of the second half. Everton were rewarded for their obdurate defence and counter-attacking abilities by Gordon's opener, while Leeds struck through Sinisterra but could not manage to turn their dominance of possession into any more goals. The hosts may be frustrated, but the Toffees stuck in there and were good value for their point.
90' + 2' In the second of three additional minutes indicated for stoppages, Leeds' latest attack founders when Struijk cannot control a sweeping crossfield ball, and it bounces behind for an Everton goal-kick.
90' Bamford just manages to latch onto a volleyed effort from just inside the area, but it is partially blocked and Pickford gathers the ball.
88' The visitors are really hanging on here, but with Onana and Iwobi screening their back four, Leeds just cannot break through the centre.
86' Curiously, Everton are yet to make a substitution, though their bench is not stocked with many viable alternatives at the moment.
85' Summing up his game so far, Harrison drags a low shot from 20 yards well wide of the target.
84' SAVE! Meslier makes a crucial stop at his near post, as Patterson blasts a brilliant chance from the right side of the area straight at the Leeds keeper! He had to score there, but looked like he's rather be anywhere other than in such an advanced position. In agony on the touchline, Lampard clearly can't believe it!
82' During the second half, Leeds have had nine attempts at goal compared to just two before the break. Everton have been restricted to only two themselves since the half-time interval.
80' CLOSE! Everton come so close to snatching it! From the corner, the ball bounces dangerously around the six-yard box before breaking to Onana. The Belgian midfielder directs it towards goal from close range, but the perfectly-positioned Kristensen makes a last-gasp block with his head!
78' Everton have a second corner now, after Meslier gives the ball away and Gordon combines with Mykolenko down the left. The latter has his shot blocked behind at the near post.
D. James
B. Aaronson
Leeds United
76' Another energetic showing from Aaronson comes to an early end, as James comes on to run at the tiring Everton defence.
P. Bamford
J. Gelhardt
Leeds United
76' Marsch replaces his first-half substitute, as Gelhardt - who just missed a gilt-edged opportunity - makes way for Bamford up front.
74' SHARP STOP! Gelhardt has a low shot stopped by Pickford, on the edge of the keeper's six-yard box, but he really should have put Leeds in front! Then Klich has an effort deflected wide for another corner. The home side are getting closer!
73' From the corner, delivered from the left by Harrison, Llorente finds himself impeded by Klich and can only steer a close-range header wide of the right-hand post.
72' Everton's first corner of the match, taken by Gray, is cleared by Leeds at the second attempt. They then spring a quick counter, which earns them a corner of their own at the other end.
70' Aaronson is penalised for handling the ball on the ground, after his claims for a foul by Onana are ignored by the referee.
68' JUST WIDE! After winning the ball inside the Everton area, Gelhardt drops his shoulder, edges past Tarkowski, but then slightly slices across his powerful shot - it zips past the left-hand post!
N. Patterson
Yellow Card
67' A mistimed challenge on Harrison earns Patterson a yellow card. Another booking - will this game end with 11 men aside?
67' NO GOAL! Gray was just offside when the ball was played by Gordon, and the on-field decision stands! It stays 1-1.
66' EVERTON GOAL? Gordon apparently delays just too long before releasing the ball, but picks out Gray in the centre with a low pass. The latter then goes on to place the ball past Meslier, but the flag is then raised for offside. The VAR will take a look!
M. Klich
L. Sinisterra
Leeds United
64' Having netted the equaliser, Sinisterra is now withdrawn; Klich comes on.
64' After good work by Gordon on the left, McNeil picks the ball up 20 yards out and puts his low shot about a yard wide of the right-hand post.
62' With the game so finely balanced, each challenge is fiercely contested, and the home fans are howling for the referee to call decisions their way. A fractious finale could be in prospect here.
A. Gordon
Yellow Card
60' For his part in the head-to-head confrontation with Kristensen, first-half goalscorer Gordon is booked.
R. Kristensen
Yellow Card
Leeds United
59' A growing tinge of anger suddenly blows up into a head-to-head confrontation between Kristensen and his unlikely opponent, Gordon. The Leeds man joins the Everton forward in the referee's notebook.
Diego Llorente
Yellow Card
Leeds United
57' For a foul on McNeil, Llorente - who was at fault for the Everton goal - is now booked. Not a great game so far for the Leeds defender.
B. Aaronson
Leeds United
55' Again showing the drive which has helped put Leeds on the front foot since the interval, Aaronson makes the final pass before Sinisterra struck the equaliser.
L. Sinisterra
Leeds United
55' LEEDS LEVEL! After receiving the ball from Aaronson on the right side of the area, Sinisterra shows the quality required to break the hosts' drought. The Colombian winger takes a couple of touches and places a low, firm shot into the bottom-right corner; leaving Pickford stranded. It's 1-1 at Elland Road!
54' Still, Leeds buzz relentlessly around the Everton area, with 10 pink shirts joining Pickford in a last-gasp defensive effort.
52' Aaronson manages to make his way to the left byline, but his attempt to turn the ball goalwards from close range only pops up into Pickford's path. The Everton keeper gratefully gathers the ball.
50' SAVE! Crossing low and quick, before anyone in the area was set, Sinisterra sends the ball zipping across the six-yard box. However, Harrison slightly snatches at his right-footed attempt and it merely bumbles into Pickford's waiting gloves.
48' A succession of corners sees Leeds continue to pen Everton into the defensive third, but Lampard's men are still battling away for every ball and each time get it clear.
46' SAVE! Leeds step up the intensity straight away, as Aaronson receives the ball from Harrison by the penalty spot, then turns and thumps a shot towards the top-right corner of the goal. Pickford is equal to it, though, and palms the ball away for a corner. That was the hosts' best effort yet.
46' Leeds kick off, and we are back under way at Elland Road!
Everton's first win of the season is potentially only 45 minutes away, but even if they hold firm until the closing stages, can they clear the hurdle of holding out until the final whistle? Though lacking inspiration so far, Leeds will surely not rest until the final kick of the game.
Despite persistently probing around the edge of the Everton area, Leeds have lacked the nous to unlock their visitors' stubborn back four and find themselves trailing at the break. A move of some skill and a little luck helped Gordon live up to the growing hype around him, as he fired home the opener - his second Premier League goal in a matter of days. Given they've had to reshuffle their defence today, the Toffees are a well-organised unit and seem unlikely to crumble after the interval.
45' + 4' From a free-kick on the right flank, Adams receives the ball in space, 30 yards out. He sends in a dangerous inswinging ball to the back post, but a number of pink Everton shirts descend on it and clear their lines.
45' + 2' Four minutes of stoppage time has been indicated - largely as a result of the injuries to Rodrigo and Tarkowski - and two have already been played.
45' Leeds have lost only two of their last 17 matches against Everton at Elland Road, but that record has not helped inspire them so far - they just cannot make anything spark in the final third today.
43' Urged to shoot from 25 yards out, Koch winds up a powerful effort, but upon its release the ball flies well over the crossbar and into the stand.
42' Though Leeds have had a 67 per cent share of the ball so far, Everton have managed four attempts on goal to their hosts' solitary one - it has been an impressive rearguard action from the Toffees.
T. Adams
Yellow Card
Leeds United
40' Leeds' first yellow card of the match goes to Adams, for preventing Onana taking a quick free-kick.
39' With Everton hanging on until half-time, hoping to maintain their one-goal advantage, Tarkowski comes straight back on and resumes his position in the back four.
38' Another injury stoppage brings the building momentum to a standstill. This time, Tarkowski is down on the turf, following an aerial challenge with Gelhardt.
36' Latching onto a dropping ball towards the left side of the box, Harrison is rather harshly penalised for handball when he was poised to move to the byline. That's an Everton free-kick.
34' Pickford gets away with another charge out of his six-yard box, as he makes a mess of punching the ball clear. Sinisterra is outnumbered, so Everton can get the ball clear.
J. Gelhardt
Leeds United
32' Due to his shoulder injury, Rodrigo has to make way; Gelhardt comes on up front for the hosts.
31' Having skinned Kristensen on the left flank, Gordon charges towards the area, but is coldly chopped down by Koch. The Leeds defender was not going to let his opponent pass there, no matter what.
29' Rodrigo is helped off, taking on some pain relief as he goes. His game is now over, and Leeds will have to make a change up front.
28' After an arm-to-arm challenge between Pickford and Rodrigo, on the edge of the Everton area, the latter pulls up in apparent agony, and the game is eventually brought to a halt. It looks like a shoulder injury for the Leeds captain, who is receiving immediate medical attention.
26' Before today's match, Gordon had been credited with 48 per cent of Everton’s shots on target in the Premier League this season. He has now scored in consecutive top-flight appearances for the first time, having netted against Brentford on Saturday
24' In an elaborate display for the officials, Marsch wanders around his technical area with an arm aloft, pointing directly to his watch. The Leeds boss thinks Everton are already playing for time - Pickford was not particularly quick to take a goal-kick just now.
22' CLOSE! A flat-footed Everton defence narrowly escape conceding an equaliser, as Harrison's wickedly whipped cross from the left zips across the six-yard box and is nearly turned in at the near post by Rodrigo. He just couldn't get his studs on it, to turn it past Pickford!
T. Davies
Yellow Card
20' In a strange incident with Meslier, a cheeky flick of the boot by Davies towards the ball - which was still in the goalkeeper's gloves as he prepared to clear it - earns a booking.
A. Iwobi
17' Iwobi found Gordon in the area with a direct, low ball; creating Everton's opening goal.
A. Gordon
17' EVERTON LEAD! Fluid movement from Everton's front three breaks Leeds open on the counter! After a give-and-go with McNeil, Gordon surges into the box; Iwobi then picks him out with an accurate pass. The young forward then steps away from the faltering Llorente and sweeps the ball into the back of the net! 1-0 to the Toffees!
15' Under pressure, Mykolenko struggles with a bouncing ball across the box and it falls to the lurking Sinisterra, but the attack peters out and Leeds have to rebuild from deeper.
13' A low cross from the left by Struijk sails too close to Pickford, and the Everton goalkeeper comfortably smothers the ball inside his six-yard box.
11' A couple of aerial challenges - one involving Coady and the other Mykolenko - result in free-kicks for either side, as a competitive start continues.
9' Patterson takes an age to throw the ball in from the touchline, drawing whistles and jeers from the Leeds fans. It highlights how tight the hosts' press is on Everton at the moment - they simply can't get out.
7' Everton's new defensive partnership is bedding in well, and both have plenty of Premier League experience; Onana is helping out at times, too, as Leeds continue to probe patiently.
5' Davies makes a sharp run from in to out, receiving a long throughball up from left-back by Mykolenko, but the assitant's flag is then raised for a marginal offside.
3' A typically intense start from Leeds sees the hosts on the front foot early on, as they keep the pink-clad Everton penned back inside their defensive third.
1' We are under way, beneath the floodlights in Leeds!
The players are out on the pitch at Elland Road, with kick-off now just moments away!
Everton seem set to switch to a back four today, but remain unchanged up front as they cannot hand an immediate debut to Maupay. Onana starts for the third game in succession, while Davies comes in for the injured Holgate.
Marsch offers Sinisterra his first start in the Premier League today, as James drops to the bench in Leeds' only change from the weekend. Captain Rodrigo features up front once again, as Bamford starts on the bench following his recent return from a groin injury.
SUBS: Asmir Begovic, Salomon Rondon, Reece Welch, Seamus Coleman, Stanley Mills, Michael Keane, Allan, Andre Gomes, Ruben Vinagre.
EVERTON (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Nathan Patterson, James Tarkowski, Conor Coady, Vitalii Mykolenko; Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi, Tom Davies; Anthony Gordon, Dwight McNeil, Demarai Gray.
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Daniel James, Sam Greenwood, Cody Drameh, Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk; Tyler Adams, Marc Roca; Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison; Rodrigo Moreno.
Yet to record a league win this season, Everton have also failed to score more than once in any of their five outings so far. Neal Maupay has been signed from Brighton to aid the Toffees' cause in the final third, after they missed out on earning three points against Brentford by conceding an 84th-minute equaliser - however, he was not registered in time to play. After a close brush with relegation last term, the Merseyside club already languish in the Premier League's bottom three, so will be eager to get off the mark today.
An unbeaten start to the season came to an end for Leeds United on Saturday, as they succumbed to buoyant Brighton - losing 1-0 at the Amex Stadium. Jesse Marsch's men had kicked off the 2022-23 campaign with three wins from four league and cup games; scoring 10 times in the process. After a near 50-year unbeaten streak at home to Everton in the league, Leeds have drawn two and lost two of the clubs' last four meetings at Elland Road.
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