Leeds United Leeds United Report: Fulham 1-2
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Fulham 1 (Andersen 38)
Leeds United 2 (Bamford 29, Raphinha 58)
Fulham: Areola, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Aina (Tete 72),
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Leeds United seal win over Fulham in London.
Fulham 1 (Andersen 38)
Leeds United 2 (Bamford 29, Raphinha 58)
Fulham: Areola, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Aina (Tete 72), Lemina, Anguissa, Reed (Loftus-Cheek 63), Cavaleiro, Lookman, Maja (Mitrovic 45).
Subs not used: Fabri, Hector, Odoi, Ream, Bryan, Kongolo.
Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Llorente, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Roberts (KocH 93), Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford (Klich 77). Subs not used: Casilla, Poveda, Costa, Berardi, Gelhardt, Shackleton, Jenkins.
It was the hosts who made a blistering start to the game following the kick-off, Ivan Cavaleiro burst into the Leeds box, before seeing his strike deflect narrowly wide.
Leeds had the ball in the back of the net inside eight minutes when Tyler Roberts floated a lovely cross into the box and Luke Ayling superbly headed home, however, following a VAR check, Roberts was adjudged offside by the narrowest of margins.
The Whites again had the ball in the back of the Fulham net 12 minutes later, when Stuart Dallas slipped in Raphinha, but the Brazilian was offside.
Fulham almost went ahead following a free kick on the right flank.
The ball pinged around the Leeds box, with a combination of Illan Meslier and Ayling scrambling Josh Maja’s effort off the line.
Leeds finally got the breakthrough at the third time of asking in the 29th minute. Jack Harrison latched onto a throw and reached the byline, before firing in a low cross and Patrick Bamford was on hand to smash home.
Leeds’ lead lasted less than 10 minutes though, with Joachim Andersen converting from close range from a corner.
The Fulham goal sparked the Cottagers into life and only a fine save by Illan Meslier to deny Frank Anguissa kept the scores level.
Meslier was again forced into action before the break, denying a long range effort from Cavaleiro, whilst at the other end, in stoppage time, Raphinha whipped in a dangerous free kick with pace, with Pascal Struijk just unable to convert at the back post.
HALF TIME: FULHAM 1-1 LEEDS UNITED
After the break, Leeds went close from a corner, when Luke Ayling’s flick on at the near post was headed out to Ezgjan Alioski who saw a strike deflect wide.
Moments later, Jack Harrison superbly weaved his way into the box from the right wing, before unleashing a fierce effort, which was brilliantly saved by Areola.
Leeds regained the lead in the 58th minute. Kalvin Phillips made a crunching tackle in midfield to win possession and found Bamford, who played in Raphinha with a lovely through ball and the Brazilian took a brilliant first touch, before firing under the outcoming Areola.
Raphinha again threatened when he broke into the Fulham box from the left flank, he cut inside before trying to cut the ball back to Bamford in the middle, but saw his attempt to do so well blocked.
With 10 minutes remaining Leeds had a great chance to wrap the game up when Raphinha sent Stuart Dallas sprinting into the Fulham box, but he fired narrowly wide across the face of goal.
Leeds continued to press for a third goal and substitute Mateusz Klich went close, firing just over from the edge of the box.
As the game headed into stoppage time Alioski was able to win a free kick just outside the Fulham box.
The ball pinged back and forth around the penalty before making its way back to Alioski who took a strong shot at goal which was deflected for a corner.
Leeds United saw out the final few minutes of the match, taking home all three points from Craven Cottage as we head into an international break.
FULL TIME: FULHAM 1-2 LEEDS UNITED
Booked: Lemina, Loftus-Cheek (Fulham), Bamford, Phillips (Leeds)
Venue: Craven Cottage
Head coach on victory in the capital.
Midfielder after victory at Craven Cottage.
Striker after goal and assist against Fulham.
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Patrick Bamford scores one and sets up the other goal as Leeds beat Fulham to move up to 11th in the Premier League
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Patrick Bamford hopes he can play himself into England's Euro 2020 squad after scoring one and setting up the other as Leeds beat Fulham.
The game came the day after Bamford was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for the first World Cup qualifiers.
Fulham, meanwhile, missed the chance to move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a third defeat in four games.
Leeds had two goals disallowed in the first half – first when Luke Ayling's header was ruled out by the video assistant referee and then when Raphinha was well offside before slotting home.
They led when Bamford smashed home at the near post from Jack Harrison's cross.
Fulham were level when defender Joachim Andersen volleyed in from Ademola Lookman's corner, his first goal in English football.
But Leeds scored the winner just before the hour mark, as Bamford fed Raphinha, who beat two defenders before poking home.
"I just need to keep working and see if I can get my name in contention for the Euros," Bamford told Sky Sports.
"If I keep going as I am I think I'm in with a shot.
If you told me at the start of the season I'd be linked with England, I'd say you were bonkers.
"If it comes, it comes.
If not, I'll know I've done my best.
It was in the back of my mind a little bit I guess.
It gives you a bit of an extra fire in your belly."
The result takes Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds up to 11th in the table on 39 points.
Bamford, 27, had only scored one Premier League goal before this season.
Two years ago, while in the Championship with Leeds, he looked close to declaring for the Republic of Ireland.
But he has scored 14 top-flight goals this season now – Harry Kane is the only English striker to score more.
England boss Gareth Southgate said Bamford was "very close" to his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Former England defender Matt Upson, watching the game for BBC Radio 5 Live, said he was unlucky not to be in the squad.
"He's shown he's at a good level.
He's pushing and in real contention," said Upson.
He was ultimately the difference between the teams in a high-tempo encounter.
Leeds had failed to score in four of their previous five games, as many as in their first 23 league games this season.
But, after two team-mates had goals ruled out for offside, Bamford gave them the lead as he showed good movement to lose a defender before hammering in Harrison's cross.
Fulham created plenty of chances after equalising but Bamford kept his cool to feed Raphinha for a cleverly finished winner.
In an eventful game, he was booked for a foul, went close to an own goal and avoided a penalty shout for a handball after a ricochet in the box.
There was a bit of a downside to Leeds' night as Bamford, who had been a doubt with a hip injury, hobbled off after 77 minutes.
The Cottagers appeared doomed early in the season but a recent revival gave them the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone for the first time since December.
They had several chances, most notably in the first half, and could only take one of them when Andersen smashed home.
The defeat keeps them two points below Newcastle and three off Brighton.
Those two sides play on Saturday and will still have a game in hand on Fulham.
This third defeat in four games means the momentum of their previous five-game unbeaten run may have gone.
"The better team won," boss Scott Parker told BBC Sport after the game.
"We couldn't cope with their intensity at times.
We didn't want it to become a basketball match because that falls into Leeds' hands.
We have to move on."
Ivan Cavaleiro had a shot blocked in the opening 15 seconds to set the tone for a high-energy game.
Josh Maja was denied by a sensational Illan Meslier save, with Ayling clearing the loose ball off the line.
The keeper then denied Cavaleiro from getting on to a poor header back and saved a Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa strike moments later.
Aleksandar Mitrovic replaced Maja at half-time and had to wait until the 89th minute for an effort on target, a header which Meslier saved.
It is more than two weeks until either side play again in the Premier League because of the international break.
Fulham visit Aston Villa (20:00 BST) and Leeds host Sheffield United (15:00) in a Yorkshire derby on Saturday, 3 April.
Match ends, Fulham 1, Leeds United 2.
Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Leeds United 2.
Ademola Lookman (Fulham) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Assisted by Joachim Andersen.
Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Ademola Lookman is caught offside.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).
Antonee Robinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leeds United.
Robin Koch replaces Tyler Roberts.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Raphinha (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham).
Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right following a corner.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Assisted by Ademola Lookman with a cross following a corner.
Conceded by Stuart Dallas.
Offside, Leeds United.
Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Raphinha is caught offside.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Assisted by Ademola Lookman.
Foul by Diego Llorente (Leeds United).
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Assisted by Raphinha with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Leeds United.
Conceded by Alphonse Areola.
– March 19, 2021
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