Raphinha leads Southampton in tatters as Leeds win Hummdinger to top 10


Raphinha was the star of the series as Leeds entered the Premier League top 10 after beating Southampton 3-0 in an exciting game on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first half, in which the visitors had a controversially ruled out strike from Che Adams, Leeds rioted in the second half thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas and this man Raphinha.

Diego Llorente made his home debut for Leeds for their clash with the Saints at Elland Road.

The Spain defender, who has been limited to just two appearances since arriving for £ 18million from Real Sociedad in September, had recovered from his latest muscle strain.

Llorente replaced Jamie Shackleton and was the only change to Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI following last Friday’s loss to Wolves.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl made three changes to the side that started in Saturday’s home draw against Chelsea, with Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Tella replacing Danny Ings, Takumi Minamino and Moussa Djenepo.

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Neither team managed to break the deadlock before half-time, although both teams created clear chances on a difficult playing surface.

Southampton had a penalty canceled by VAR after Tella fell into the box, while Che Adams’ effort on a quick free kick was controversial by referee Andre Mariner.

Raphinha got closer to Leeds only to be refused by a superb tackle from Oriol Romeu.

The opening minutes of the second half were full of action, with Nathan Redmond shooting straight at Illan Meslier, before the home side took the lead.

Bamford notches again

Southampton failed to close Tyler Roberts at the halfway line and had to call off as he played Patrick Bamford.

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The impressive Leeds leader placed himself between the two Southampton center-backs before clinically sending his arrival past Alex McCarthy for his 13th goal of the season.

The Saints were almost tied immediately as Stuart Armstrong looked to catch Meslier at his near post, but the Leeds striker made a superb one-handed save.

Back at the other end, Roberts pulled away from the post after being put in place by Raphinha in an exciting competition.

Bamford should have grabbed his second and given Leeds some leeway in the 53rd minute, but he shot McCarthy straight after a fine run from Stuart Dallas.

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Saints boss Hasenhuttl turned to Danny Ings and Takumi Minamino on the bench just before the hour mark, while Mateusz Klich hobbled to be replaced by Ezgjan Alioski for the home side.

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Bielsa’s men were again turned down by a flying McCarthy after a first strike from Llorente, before Bamford was the hero on the other end of the pitch.

The English hope was on hand to hack Jannik Vestergaard’s head down onto the line from a corner.

Leeds wrapped up the points 13 minutes from time when Helder Costa broke free and found Dallas knocking at home despite a heavy first contact.

The shine was put on the victory in the 84th minute when the incredible Raphinha regained the beauty of a free kick from 25 meters.

Costa and Pablo Hernandez both blazed late as a relentless Leeds looked for more, but it was the last of the scoring in a breathless clash in West Yorkshire.


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