Highlights: Leeds 4-3 Fulham

By on 19th September 2020

Leeds United picked up their first Premier League win in over 16 years in a thrilling 4-3 encounter with Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the Cottagers have now lost their two opening games following promotion, as well as West Bromwich Albion, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are the first and only newly-promoted team to pick up points this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side had beaten 3-4 by Liverpool in their return last weekend whilst Fulham have now conceded seven goals in their first two games as well.

Helder Costa opened the scoring for the home side inside five minutes when a corner fell to him at the edge of the six-yard box. The Portuguese forward powerful the ball home off the underside of the bar.

The visitors were level half hour later when a foolish and needless slide tackle from Robin Koch on Joe Bryan conceded a penalty. Aleksandar Mitrovic duly converted in his first start of the season.

Leeds were able to restore the lead before half-time when Patrick Bamford was pushed in the back inside the penalty area, giving the home side a penalty of their own. Mateusz Klich converted and a 2-1 half-time lead was the least Bielsa’s side deserved.

Five minutes into the second half Klich turned provider with a through ball to Bamford. The striker, who had been wasteful in the Championship last season, coolly converted across Alphonse Areola into the far corner.

It was Bamford’s turn to assist just before the hour when the former Chelsea youngster got away down the left wing. His cutback to near the penalty spot picked out an unmarked Helder Costa who smashed in his second. Fulham’s defence were at sixes and sevens.

Bobby Decordova-Reid appeared to score nothing more than a consolation with a powerful low strike just after the hour, but Leeds players and fans were in for a nervy finish when Mitrovic headed in another midway through the second half to make it 4-3.

However, Scott Parker’s side failed to find an equaliser. Fulham’s next Premier League game is a rematch of the 2018 Championship play-off final against Aston Villa, on Monday 28 September.

Watch the highlights from Leeds 4-3 Fulham here:

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