Free highlights and match report as Patrick Bamford stars to give Leeds superb victory at top-four chasing Leicester; Harvey Barnes gave Leicester early lead but Stuart Dallas, Bamford and Jack Harrison scored in comeback victory; Leicester stay third, two points off Man Utd in second
Patrick Bamford scored one and made two to give Leeds a 3-1 win at Leicester to prevent the Foxes from moving second in the Premier League.
In a frantic, direct first period, Leicester took the lead through Harvey Barnes strong run and low finish (13) having used James Maddison as a wall, but the visitors levelled almost instantly through Stuart Dallas sweeping finish from Bamford’s centre (15) from a classic Leeds counter.
The game settled for much of the second half, before Bamford, who hadn’t scored in four Premier League games, found the top corner from an angle with 19 minutes remaining.
Leicester had several clear-cut chances to level, but Bamford selflessly put the ball on a plate for Jack Harrison (84) to wrap up the victory during another sweeping, trademark Leeds counter-attack in another brave and entertaining display from Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The result means Leicester stay third, two points off second-place Manchester United and five off leaders Manchester City, but having played a game more. Leeds remain 12th, but are just four points off the top six.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (5), Fofana (6), Evans (6), Justin (6), Mendy (6), Tielemans (6), Barnes (6), Maddison (6), Albrighton (5), Perez (5)
Subs: Pereira (6), Soyuncu (6), Under (NA)
Leeds: Meslier (7), Ayling (7), Cooper (7), Struijk (7), Alioski (6), Phillips (7), Raphinha (8), Dallas (8), Rodrigo (6), Harrison (7), Bamford (8)
Subs: Klich (7), Costa (NA)
Man of the match: Patrick Bamford
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1K. Schmeichel6J. Evans11M. Albrighton6L. Cooper2L. Ayling20R. Moreno24N. Mendy15S. Dallas10E. Alioski9P. Bamford23K. Phillips27T. Castagne8Y. Tielemans17A. Pérez10J. Maddison15H. Barnes18Raphinha2J. Justin22J. Harrison21P. Struijk1I. Meslier3W. Fofana
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How Bamford led Leeds to statement victory
Leeds’ open, attacking style, even against sides at the top-end of the table, made for an entertaining first half full of goalmouth action for both teams, but they had to come from behind for their fourth win in six Premier League games.
Leicester took the lead thanks to some brilliance from Barnes in creation and finish, bursting through Leeds’ midfield, keeping Luke Ayling at arm’s length, playing a one-two with James Maddison and slotting low into the bottom left corner past Illan Meslier from 12 yards.
The goal means Maddison has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 11 games for Leicester in all competitions (six goals, four assists), as many as his previous 43 appearances.
But only 127 seconds later, Leeds reacted with a fine equaliser of their own after Maddison lost the ball in Leeds’ half. The visitors pounced in trademark style as Ayling fed Bamford down the right channel, and his centre met Dallas inside the box to sweep beyond Kasper Schmeichel from 10 yards.
Leeds then had the ball in the net – Bamford’s header from a Kalvin Phillips corner was superbly saved by Schmeichel, and though sub Mateusz Klich turned home the rebound, he had been offside from Bamford’s initial header.
The visitors kept coming as Raphinha was denied by Schmeichel’s low stop on the right of the box after a one-two with Bamford, while at the other end Marc Albrighton’s deflected cross-shot was nearly turned home by Ayoze Perez.
Leicester made a tactical change at the break, bringing on Caglar Soyuncu for Albrighton and moving to a back five, and that nullified Leeds for a good 25 minutes before Bamford’s goal sprung the game into life again.
After Leicester failed to clear properly, Raphinha’s instinctive ball found Bamford onside in the box, and he found the far top corner with a brilliant effort, despite the angle and odds being against him: “Wow, no goalkeeper is saving that,” said Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports.
Leicester reacted well but couldn’t find a leveller – Soyuncu’s glancing header was so close to being turned home by Jonny Evans and Perez – but Leeds wrapped it up with the hosts caught high up the pitch.
Leicester made one forced change from the 1-1 draw at Everton as Nampalys Mendy came in for Wilfred Ndidi in midfield.
Leeds also made only one change from the 2-1 win at Newcastle as the injured Diego Llorente was replaced by Pascal Struijk at centre-back.
After the ball was cleared up the pitch, Bamford was through on goal with Harrison to his right for company, and instead of going for goal, the striker fed his team-mate to turn into the empty net.
Leeds’ statement victory was deserved – “You want Leeds to do well just because of their honesty and the way they play,” said Graeme Souness after the game – but for Leicester, it’s one point out of a possible six without the injured Jamie Vardy. Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped points from a winning position for the first time this season, the final Premier League team to do so.
- Leeds United have won nine of their 20 Premier League matches this season – the last newly-promoted side with more victories after their opening 20 Premier League games was Wigan Athletic in 2005-06 (11 wins).
- Patrick Bamford has been directly involved in 15 goals in his 20 Premier League apps for Leeds United (11 goals, 4 assists) – only Tony Yeboah (17) has had a hand in more goals in their first 20 PL apps for the club.
- Bamford has scored eight goals away from home in the Premier League this season – only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has more (nine goals).
- Possession50.6%50.6%49.4%49.4%Duels success rate52.1%52.1%47.9%47.9%Aerial duels won66.7%66.7%33.3%33.3%Interceptions15152121Offsides2222Corners6644
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Leicester now go to Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday at 6pm, before going to Wolves on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 2pm.
Leeds host Everton at 7.30pm on Wednesday night in the Premier League, before a home clash with Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 8pm.