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Leeds United v Chelsea Live Commentary, 21/08/2022

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3 - 0
LEE
CHE
B. Aaronson (33)
Rodrigo (37)
J. Harrison (69)
Elland Road

Commentary

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Leeds maintain their unbeaten start to the season, moving up to second in the table and next up for them is a trip to Brighton in the league. Meanwhile Chelsea suffer their first defeat and slip to 12th and they'll play Leicester City next weekend.
Leeds clinch a superb 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Elland Road, in a thrilling game that had it all, goals, great chances and even a red card. Aaronson and Rodrigo fired Leeds into a 2-0 lead at the break, despite Chelsea starting the game well as Sterling had a goal ruled out for offside early on. The visitors pushed forward after the restart and Gallagher forced Meslier into making a fine save, however, Leeds never stopped at the other end and Harrison scored the third to make it a comfortable win. It went from bad to worse for Chelsea on 84 minutes, as Koulibaly was shown a second yellow and then sent off for a blatant foul, so the visitors ended the match with 10-men.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: LEEDS 3-0 CHELSEA
90' + 2' Leeds are sitting deep in their own half in stoppage time as Chelsea continue to probe forward, but it doesn't look like they'll be able to grab a consolation goal.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
89' Marsch is still demanding the same level of intensity from his players as they approach the final few minutes, trying to make sure they see this victory out.
César Azpilicueta
R. Sterling
Chelsea
87' Another Chelsea change now, with Sterling heading off and on comes Azpilicueta.
86' The Chelsea players and staff look very dejected, they're going to need a miracle to get anything out of his match now.
84' RED CARD! Koulibaly is shown a second yellow card and he’s sent off! The centre-back deliberately pulls Gelhardt down as the striker skips past him and the referee has no choice but to give him his marching orders and Chelsea are down to 10-men.
S. Greenwood
J. Harrison
Leeds United
83' Triple Leeds substitution now, as they look to wrap up the three points. Harrison is one of those coming off and Greenwood is his replacement.
J. Gelhardt
Rodrigo
Leeds United
83' The final change sees Rodrigo depart, as Gelhardt takes his place.
M. Klich
B. Aaronson
Leeds United
83' Aaronson makes his way off the pitch and on comes Klich.
82' CHANCE! Havertz drills a shot towards goal from the edge of the box, which is fired straight into Ziyech, before bouncing to Sterling, who forces Meslier into making a fine save. However, the flag goes up for offisde anyway.
80' As we enter the final 10 minutes at Elland Road, it's Leeds who lead 3-0 and look good value for the win, unless Chelsea can pull one back soon.
78' Stoppage in play now as Pulisic collides with Struijk as the pair battle for the ball in the box and the Leeds defender has come worse off. The medical team are giving him some treatment on the pitch.
B. Chilwell
M. Mount
Chelsea
77' Mount is the latest to depart and on comes Chilwell.
75' Since Leeds lost 3-0 to Chelsea at Elland Road in May, the two sides have identical records in the Premier League (P4 W2 D2 L0). The Whites had a five-match unbeaten run as recently as March and April this year.
73' Elland Road is rocking here, the home supporters have enjoyed a superb performance from their side today and could still go on and score a few more.
71' Rodrigo throws himself at a low cross in the box and tries to turn the ball towards goal, but Cucurella just does enough to put him off and the effort flies over the crossbar.
L. Sinisterra
D. James
Leeds United
70' Another Leeds change now, with James the man coming off and on comes Sinisterra.
Rodrigo
Assist
Leeds United
69' Rodrigo tries to take the ball down, but there isn't enough time or space, so instead it lands at the feet of Harrison, who prods it home, past the helpless Mendy.
J. Harrison
Goal
Leeds United
69' GOAL! LEEDS HAVE A THIRD! Harrison makes it 3-0! James tries to pick out Rodrigo in the box with a cross from the left, but he can’t control it and instead the ball falls perfectly to Harrison and he pokes the ball into the back of the net from close range. Surely they can’t lose this lead now.
67' Adams does brilliantly to win the ball back off Sterling as the Chelsea man looked to break forward on the counter-attack following a Leeds corner. Sterling appeals for a free-kick, but nothing is given.
65' SAVE! James exploits some space in the Leeds half and fires a powerful strike towards goal from distance, but Meslier does brilliantly to get down quickly and push it around the post.
H. Ziyech
Jorginho
Chelsea
64' Jorginho is the other to depart, with Ziyech his replacement.
C. Pulišić
C. Gallagher
Chelsea
64' Double Chelsea change coming up now, with Gallagher heading off and on comes Pulisic.
63' Leeds have everyone back behind the ball in their own half at the moment, soaking up the Chelsea pressure, who are keeping the ball well. However, they haven't tested Meslier in goal much.
A. Forshaw
Marc Roca
Leeds United
61' Here comes the first Leeds substitution, with Roca the man coming off and Forshaw heads on.
59' It looks like Leeds are getting ready to make a change now, with Chelsea beginning to see a lot more of the ball and the hosts are having to do a lot more defending.
57' CLOSE! Gallagher holds off a challenge in the box, turns and tries to find the bottom left corner of the net, but the effort takes a slight deflection off Roca and goes inches past the post.
56' Good move! James breaks forward on the counter and tries to find Rodrigo or Harrison deep in the penalty area with a fine ball, but Chelsea manage to get men back and clear it behind for a corner.
54' Leeds won their opening league match at Elland Road against Wolves on MD1 but never registered consecutive home Premier League wins last season. The Whites have only won their first two home matches in one of their previous 12 seasons, doing so in 2018-19 under Marcelo Bielsa.
52' CHANCE! Loftus-Cheek sees his shot blocked from the edge of the box, but it then falls to Gallagher unmarked in the box, who tries to beat Meslier, but the keeper makes a superb save to deny him. However, it wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag goes up for offside.
50' Rodrigo looks very lively again for Leeds, the striker is full of confidence at the moment and seems eager to score again and get his sides third goal.
48' CHANCE! Chelsea work the ball really well in the final third and it eventually falls to Cucurella on the edge of the box, but he shifts it onto his right foot and the skies his strike high over the crossbar. He should've done better from there.
47' It looks like Chelsea have changed to a back four now, with James and Cucurella tucking in as full-backs and Loftus-Cheek has moved into a central midfield role.
46' The second half is under way!
There has been an excellent pace to the game, as it has been end-to-end at times, with plenty of chances for both teams in the final third. Leeds lost a 2-0 lead last time out against Southampton, so they'll be hoping for a different outcome today.
A thrilling first half comes to end and it’s Leeds on top, with a 2-0 lead after goals from Aaronson and Rodrigo. Chelsea started well and Sterling thought he had fired them ahead, but his goal was ruled out for offside, before Mount forced Meslier into an excellent save. The Leeds opener came following an awful mistake by Mendy in his six-yard box, allowing Aaronson to nick the ball off his toes after dwelling on it for too long and he converted from close range. Rodrigo then scored a header from a free-kick, to grab his fourth of the season and the second of the game.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: LEEDS 2-0 CHELSEA
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
44' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can Chelsea pull a goal back before the half-time whistle?
42' Stoppage in play here as there is a clash of heads between Roca and Gallagher and the Leeds man has come off worse. However, after some medical treatment, it looks like he will be fine to continue.
40' CHANCE! Loftus-Cheek gets the ball deep down the right, gets to the byline and then drags it back to Cucurella on the edge of the box, who is unmarked and he fires a shot towards goal. However, the left-back can't get it on target and it flies wide.
J. Harrison
Assist
Leeds United
37' Harrison whipped a pacey ball into box and it was perfectly placed for Rodrigo to meet it at the near post and beat Mendy with his header.
Rodrigo
Goal
Leeds United
37' GOAL! LEEDS DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Rodrigo makes it 2-0! Harrison whips a superb free-kick delivery into the penalty area from the left and Rodrigo gets up above James and powers his header into the right corner of the net. Excellent finish by the striker.
R. Sterling
Yellow Card
Chelsea
36' Sterling is booked as he trips Roca right on the edge of the penalty area, handing Leeds a free-kick in a very good position.
35' That goal has really got Leeds going now, they are pushing forward in search of another before the break and have got Chelsea rattled at the back.
B. Aaronson
Goal
Leeds United
33' GOAL! LEEDS TAKE THE LEAD! It’s a howler from Mendy to hand Aaronson his first Leeds goal on a plate. The keeper takes too long on the ball in the six-yard box and he then tries to take Aaronson, who nicks it off his toes and then has a tap-in from close range. Absolutely awful from the keeper, but Leeds won’t care one bit! They lead 1-0.
32' CHANCE! Aaronson breaks forward on the counter and picks the right pass, laying it out to Rodrigo down the left, who fires an early effort towards goal. However, Mendy is positioned well and makes the save.
30' We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Leeds and Chelsea. However, Chelsea have had the ball in the back of the net, but Sterling's effort was ruled out for offside.
28' Koulibaly needs to be careful here, as he's already been booked early on and Aaronson is causing him a lot of problems. The centre-back doesn't look particularly comfortable at times.
26' Following his three goals against Wolves and Southampton in their opening two league games, Rodrigo is looking to become only the fourth Leeds player to score in their first three top-flight matches in a season.
24' This is a bit better from Chelsea, they are seeing more of the ball in the Leeds half of the pitch and have created more chances than their opponents.
22' SAVE! Havertz does brilliantly to flick the ball on for Mount on the halfway line, who then races into the final third, gets to the edge of the box and tries to fire the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. However, Meslier reads it well and gets down quickly, pushing it around the post.
20' CHANCE! Rodrigo races in behind the Chelsea defence after finding some space and he tries to beat Mendy from a tight angle, but his shot flies narrowly wide of the right post.
19' Aaronson is constantly trying to pull Jorginho out of position in midfield in order to break Chelsea down and he's doing a good job so far.
17' Chelsea are keeping their shape well at the back at the moment, making it difficult for Leeds to break them down. Although Harrison and Aaronson are causing a few problems.
15' GOAL RULED OUT! Sterling thought he had scored his first goal for Chelsea, but it’s ruled out for offside! He once again gets in behind the Leeds defence, turns and then curls the ball into the bottom right corner of the net, a lovely finish. However, the offside flag correctly goes up. It remains goalless.
13' Leeds are winless in seven Premier League games against Chelsea (D2 L5) since a 2-0 victory at Elland Road back in December 2002.
11' It's end-to-end at the moment, with neither team able to get a grip on possession and control proceedings. Making it a very exciting game for the neutral.
K. Koulibaly
Yellow Card
Chelsea
9' Koulibaly is shown the first yellow card of the game after a blatant shirt pull on Aaronson, after the Leeds midfielder skipped past him and tried to race into the final third.
7' Loftus-Cheek has a bit of a talking to from the referee after he collides with Struijk and appears to lead with his arm. However, only a free-kick is given.
5' CHANCE! Chelsea counter quickly and catch Leeds out at the back, with Loftus-Cheek racing into the box and he should take a shot first time, but tries to take a touch and this allows Leeds time to get players back and block his effort.
4' Decent chance! Adams lays the ball off to Harrison deep down left wing and he gets into the box and makes space for the shot, but his effort is too close to Mendy and the keeper makes a comfortable save.
4' James tries his luck from distance after some good build-up play by Leeds in the final third, however, his strike flies high over the Chelsea crossbar.
3' There is an excellent pace to the game early on, with both teams pushing forward in search of an early goal, but it's only Chelsea who have had an attempt so far.
1' CHANCE! Gallagher feeds Sterling in behind the Leeds defence and Sterling finds far too much space in the box, cuts inside and then tries to curl the ball into the right corner of the net. However, it flies just wide of the post! So close to an early opener.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Chelsea have also only made one change to their team, as N’Golo Kante misses out due to injury and he has been replaced in midfield by Gallagher, who will make his first league start for the club.
Jesse Marsch is forced into making just one change to their starting line-up from the side that drew against Southampton, as James replaces the injured Patrick Bamford in attack.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ethan Ampadu.
CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Conor Gallagher, Marc Cucurella; Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Kai Havertz.
LEEDS SUBS: Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Kristoffer Klaesson, Luis Sinisterra, Joe Gelhardt, Leo Hjelde, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Mateusz Klich.
LEEDS (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Struijk; Marc Roca, Tyler Adams; Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo, Jack Harrison; Daniel James.
Chelsea have experienced a similar start to their campaign, beating Everton 1-0, before conceding a late equaliser against Tottenham to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge. A game that saw a fracas with Antonio Conte on the sidelines and has ended with Thomas Tuchel being handed a suspended one-match touchline ban, so the manager will be in the dugout today.
Leeds will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season today, having beaten Wolves 2-1 on the opening day, before drawing 2-2 against Southampton, despite holding a 2-0 lead as they headed into the final 20 minutes.
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