Patrick Bamford scored a goal and provided an assist as Leeds beat Fulham in a crazy game at Craven Cottage.
The hosts squandered a chance to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone with their third defeat in four games.
Leeds were given two goals in the first half – first a Luke Ayling header was disallowed by video evidence from the assistant referee, then Rafinha was offside for his header.
They took the lead when Bamford, who was not selected for the England national team on Thursday, headed in Jack Harrison’s cross at the far post.
Fulham equalised when defender Joachim Andersen scored his first goal in English football from a corner by Ademol Lukman.
But Leeds scored the winning goal just before half-time when Bamford played Rafina, who beat two defenders and headed into the net.
This puts Marcelo Bielsa in 11th place in the table with 39 points.
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Bamford, 27, had scored just one Premier League goal before this season. Two years ago, during the Championship with Leeds, he was on the verge of playing for the Republic of Ireland.
But he has already scored 14 goals this season – Harry Kane is the only English striker to have scored more.
England manager Gareth Southgate has said that Bamford is close to joining his team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Former England defender Matt Upson, who watched the match for Radio 5 Live, said he was unlucky not to be in the team.
He showed he was at a good level. He’s pushing and he’s really working on it, Upson said.
After all, he was the difference between the two teams in an important game.
Leeds have failed to score in four of their last five games, as many goals as in their first 23 league games this season.
But after two of his teammates had disallowed the ball for offside, Bamford put them in the lead when he moved well, shook off a defender and put a cross from Harrison into the net.
Fulham had many chances after the equaliser, but Bamford kept his cool and gave Rafinha the winning goal.
In an eventful game he received a foul, shot just wide of his own goal and avoided a penalty for a hands ball after a rebound in the box.
Leeds’ evening was a little disappointing when Bamford, doubtful with a thigh injury, went off after 77 minutes.
Fulham missed a great chance in the relegation battle.
The Cottagers looked doomed at the start of the season, but a recent upturn has given them the chance to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since December.
They had several chances, especially in the first half, of which they could only capitalize on one, when Andersen shot the ball into the net.
This defeat leaves them two points behind Newcastle and three behind Brighton. Both these teams play on Saturday and will play again at Fulham.
This third loss in four games means that the momentum from the previous unbeaten run of five games may have been lost.
Ivan Cavallero blocked a shot in the first 15 seconds, setting the tone for an energetic game.
Josh Maia made a sensational save for Illan Meslier and Ayling saved the ball off the line.
The keeper then saved on a poor header from Cavaleiro and shortly after prevented Andre-Franc Zambo Anguissa from scoring.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who came on at half-time to replace Maia, had to wait until the 89th minute. He had to wait a minute before shooting on goal after a header from Meslier was saved.
Match stats – Leeds’ problems in the corners persist
- Leeds won in London for the first time in 17 games in all competitions before a 3-1 win at QPR in December 2017.
- Fulham have lost 10 league games at Craven Cottage this season and only Sheffield United (11) have lost more Premier League games at home this season. The last season Fulham lost more home games in the league was 2013-14 (11).
- It was Leeds’ seventh Premier League away win of the season, the most for a new team since the 2005/06 season when Wigan Athletic won eight and West Ham seven.
- Leeds secured a League Two double against Fulham for the first time since the 1984/85 season. The last time they did so in the highest league was in the 1967/68 season.
- United have conceded 11 goals from corners in the Premier League this season, at least three more than any other team.
- Jack Harrison is the fourth Leeds player with five assists this season, following Mateusz Klitsch, Rafinha and Bamford. In the top five European leagues, only Bayern (six) and Milan (five) have more players with five or more assists.
- Ademola Lookman was directly involved in Fulham’s last five Premier League goals at Craven Cottage (two goals and three assists).
What’s the next step?
Due to the international break, there are still over two weeks to go before both teams return to action in the Premier League. Saturday the 3rd. In April, Fulham host Aston Villa (20:00 BST) and Leeds host Sheffield United (15:00) in the Yorkshire derby.
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- 21ReedSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 63’minutesBooked for 90 minutes
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- 27MajaReplaced by Mitrovichat 45’minutes
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- Endgame: Fulham 1, Leeds United 2.
- End of the second half: Fulham 1, Leeds United 2.
- Rescue attempt. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) headed in the centre of the goal from the left wing. With the support of Joachim Andersen.
- Offside, Fulham. Tosin Adarabiojo throws a forward pass but the referee sees that Ademola Lockman is offside.
- Calvin Phillips (Leeds United) receives a warning from the referee.
- Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Anthony Robinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
- Replacement: Leeds United. Robin Koch replaces Tyler Roberts.
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
- Rafinha (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
- Reuben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) is floored.
- The attempt failed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) shoots from very close range on the left following a corner.
- The attempt failed. Andre-Franc Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Prepared by Ademol Laquist with a cross from the corner.
- Corner, Fulham. Presented by Stuart Dallas.
- Offside, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts delivers a cross, but Rafinha is caught offside.
- Rescue attempt. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) headed in the centre of the goal from the right wing. Sponsored by Ademol Lockman.
- Diego Llorente (Leeds United) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
- The attempt failed. Calvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Rafinha delivers a cross after a corner.
- Corner, Leeds United. Drawn up by Alphonse Areola.
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