Leicester Metropolis 1-Three Leeds United: Patrick Bamford evokes win
Patrick Bamford had a task in all three targets as Leeds United fought again to finish Leicester Metropolis’s seven-game unbeaten run within the Premier League with a deserved victory at King Energy Stadium.
Harvey Barnes had opened the scoring for Leicester after an exquisite run and fast alternate with James Maddison, however the Foxes’ lead lasted simply 127 seconds.
Bamford discovered Stuart Dallas with a well-timed cross and the midfielder picked out the far nook with a low, right-footed strike.
The ahead then fired into the highest nook to place Leeds in entrance together with his first purpose in 5 league video games, earlier than unselfishly organising Jack Harrison.
Ayoze Perez thought he had restored the Foxes’ lead in a frantic opening 20 minutes however was flagged offside, whereas Leeds substitute Mateusz Klich additionally had a purpose dominated out 10 minutes later.
Kasper Schmeichel made a sensible save to tip Bamford’s header on to the crossbar and Klich was in an offside place when he hacked within the rebound from shut vary.
Bamford needed to wait till the 70th minute for his purpose after which had the notice to tee up Harrison for a tap-in as Leeds broke for a 3rd late on.
Marcelo Bielsa’s facet stay 12th after their victory, whereas third-placed Leicester missed the prospect to go second and might be overtaken by Liverpool later.
Bamford evokes Leeds victory
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers revealed after his facet beat Leeds 4-1 in November that he was delighted to not get dragged into the type of “basketball match” Bielsa’s outfit thrive on.
Sunday’s enthralling encounter was precisely that, nonetheless, as Leeds responded to going a purpose down by levelling two minutes later by means of Dallas’ well-taken effort.
They might even have been forward on the break had it not been for 2 effective Schmeichel saves.
Leeds, who beat Newcastle final day out to finish a run of three defeats in all competitions, continued to supply their counter-attacking greatest regardless of extra Leicester strain within the second half.
After organising the primary, Bamford obtained the purpose his efficiency deserved with 20 minutes remaining when he fired into the highest nook together with his left foot following Raphinha’s cross.
With Leicester making an attempt to pressure an equaliser, Leeds pounced for a 3rd on the break as Bamford ran clear, drew Schmeichel and squared for Harrison to roll into an empty web.
“What I worth most is for 3-1 he handed to Jack Harrison when a goalscorer would usually go for purpose,” stated Bielsa. “He was very beneficiant and thought extra of the group. He most popular the group obtained a 3rd than he obtained a second.”
The 27-year-old has been immediately concerned in 15 targets in his 20 Premier League appearances for Leeds this season, with England boss Gareth Southgate current to witness this 11th and maybe most spectacular strike within the competitors this season.
Foxes struggling with out Vardy?
Leicester would have moved two factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis with a win however dropped factors for the second successive recreation, after a draw at Everton in midweek.
With Jamie Vardy absent following a hernia operation, the Foxes’ most harmful attacking shops have been Barnes and Maddison, and it was the 2 England hopefuls who mixed for Leicester’s opener.
Barnes collected the ball within the Leeds half and accelerated in direction of the penalty field, exchanging a one-two with Maddison earlier than sliding an effort past Illan Meslier.
Maddison’s help was the playmaker’s 10th purpose involvement in his previous 11 video games in all competitions, whereas Barnes now has seven league targets this season – another than he managed in 2019-20.
However Vardy has scored 11 targets within the league this season, with back-up forwards Ayoze Perez and Kelechi Iheanacho contributing only one between them, and the Foxes have now didn’t win both of their league video games since his surgical procedure.
It means Rodgers has needed to alter his method and he introduced Caglar Soyuncu on at half-time because the hosts switched to a again three in an effort to regain management towards Leeds.
It nearly labored instantly as wing-backs Ricardo Pereira and James Justin mixed, however Justin’s effort was blocked.
A stretching Jonny Evans poked large on the far put up with Leicester trying to stage late on, however the hosts have been caught out as Leeds flew ahead to kill the sport with six minutes left.
“Make no mistake, now we have gained video games with out Jamie however the physicality of him and Wilf (Ndidi) advantages the group immensely,” stated Rodgers. “We simply weren’t ok to get the consequence in the present day.”
‘We knew methods to survive the troublesome moments’
Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa chatting with Match of the Day: “We knew methods to survive within the troublesome moments and we tried to keep away from them accumulating passes as a result of it may be very troublesome to take it off them.
“We managed the offensive actions we needed to create.”
Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers: “We made a superb begin, a implausible purpose from Harvey Barnes, who was a implausible menace for us. We did not shut the area rapidly sufficient and their purpose is simply too straightforward from our perspective. We nonetheless had alternatives however did not handle to attain. Their final purpose kills the sport.
“I felt if we had a again three in place it might enable us to assault the sport and we began the second half properly. In fact, once they rating the purpose it made it troublesome for us.”
Foxes let lead slip for first time – the stats
- Leicester have dropped factors from a successful place for the primary time this season, the ultimate Premier League facet to take action. They’d gained all 12 of their earlier league matches this season when main.
- Leeds United have gained 9 of their 20 league matches this season – the final newly promoted facet with extra victories after their opening 20 Premier League video games was Wigan Athletic in 2005-06 (11).
- Leeds beat Leicester for the primary time in six makes an attempt (D2 L3) since defeating them 1-Zero at Elland Highway within the Championship in 2012-13, having misplaced this fixture three video games operating earlier than in the present day.
- Leicester conceded 3+ targets at dwelling to a newly promoted facet in a Premier League match for the primary time since shedding 5-Zero to Bolton in August 2001.
- Solely Tony Yeboah (17) had a hand in additional targets of their first 20 Premier League video games for Leeds than Patrick Bamford’s 15 this season.
- Bamford has scored eight targets away from dwelling within the Premier League this season – solely Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has extra (9 targets).
- Harvey Barnes scored his seventh league purpose of the season in his 20th look – another purpose than he managed in 36 Premier League matches in 2019-20.
Leicester go to Fulham on Wednesday (18:00 GMT), whereas Leeds host Everton on the identical day (19:30).
- 27CastagneSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 37′minutes
- 3FofanaSubstituted forÜnderat 80′minutes
- 11AlbrightonSubstituted forSöyüncüat 45′minutes
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 2AylingBooked at 38minutes
- 18RaphinhaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 80′minutes
- 20RodrigoSubstituted forKlichat 21′minutesBooked at 74minutes
- 15DallasBooked at 62minutes
- 17Hélder Costa
Reside Textual content
Match ends, Leicester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 3.
Second Half ends, Leicester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 3.
Nook, Leicester Metropolis. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.
Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester Metropolis).
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Nampalys Mendy.
Try missed. Cengiz Ünder (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses the highest left nook. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester Metropolis).
Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
Offside, Leicester Metropolis. Youri Tielemans tries a by means of ball, however Cengiz Ünder is caught offside.
Aim! Leicester Metropolis 1, Leeds United 3. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field to the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Patrick Bamford following a quick break.
James Justin (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).
Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester Metropolis).
Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) with an try from the left facet of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.
Nook, Leeds United. Conceded by Ricardo Pereira.
Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Cengiz Ünder replaces Wesley Fofana.