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Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United: Marcelo Bielsa’s side continue winless run

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Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio’s winner was his first ever goal against Leeds

Michail Antonio’s 90th-minute winner left Leeds still searching for a first Premier League win of the season as they were beaten by West Ham at Elland Road.

In a match that saw 35 attempts on goal, Marcelo Bielsa’s side had the better chances in the first half but the visitors grew into the game as excitement turned to nerves among the home fans in a cagey encounter.

Raphinha had opened the scoring for Leeds on 19 minutes with a clinical low finish from outside the area.

West Ham thought they had equalised eight minutes into the second half, but Tomas Soucek’s effort was ruled out after referee Kevin Friend checked the pitchside monitor and spotted an Antonio foul on goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

The Hammers eventually found a way through when Jarrod Bowen’s shot from inside the box deflected off Junior Firpo and into the back of the net.

In the first minute of injury time, Leeds were caught out on the counter-attack as Antonio knocked the ball past defender Jamie Shackleton before sliding in the winner to push the hosts into the bottom three.

This is only the second time in Leeds’ history that they have failed to win any of their first six games of a top-flight campaign – it last happened in 1935-36.

Antonio back with a bang

Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United: We got there in the end – David Moyes

After serving a one-match suspension and missing last weekend’s defeat by Manchester United, Antonio returned to show West Ham what they had been missing.

Before Saturday’s game, he was on a run of nine games against Leeds without a goal. He had not faced any opponent more often without scoring.

And it looked like being another frustrating afternoon for the Hammers’ Premier League top scorer with only three shots on target as Leeds goalkeeper Meslier pulled off a string of saves to deny him.

There was further anguish when Soucek’s equaliser was ruled out after VAR showed Antonio had clattered Meslier in the face with his arm in the build-up.

Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United: A draw would have been fair for Leeds – Bielsa

There was a lengthy stoppage with the Leeds keeper requiring treatment and a change of shirt, and it seemed to spark a shift in momentum as the Hammers went on to dominate.

After a slice of luck for their first goal – Bowen’s shot deflecting off Liam Cooper on to Junior Firpo’s backside and past Meslier – David Moyes’ side had a number of more orthodox chances to score a second.

Aaron Cresswell and Said Benrahma came close, but it was Antonio who eventually came up with the goods after some brilliant work from Declan Rice.

The England international picked up the ball inside his own half before knocking it inside to Antonio, who took a touch past his man and stroked it into the bottom corner for his fifth league goal of the season.

Defeat sees Leeds drop to 18th in the table with three points from their opening six games, one of five Premier League sides still searching for a win.

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

with an average of 7.52

Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  2. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha

  3. Squad number35Player nameCresswell

  4. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo

  5. Squad number43Player nameKlich

  6. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

  7. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  8. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  9. Squad number20Player nameJames

  10. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  11. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  12. Squad number3Player nameFirpo

  13. Squad number38Player nameSummerville

  14. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

West Ham United

  1. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  3. Squad number11Player nameVlasic

  4. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  5. Squad number41Player nameRice

  6. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  7. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  8. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  9. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  10. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  11. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  12. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  13. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  14. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1MeslierBooked at 70mins
  • 46ShackletonSubstituted forSummervilleat 90+1′minutes
  • 35Cresswell
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Firpo
  • 23Phillips
  • 10RaphinhaBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRobertsat 69′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 43Klich
  • 15Dallas
  • 20JamesSubstituted forHarrisonat 45′minutes
  • 19Rodrigo

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13Klaesson
  • 22Harrison
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 33Hjelde
  • 37Drameh
  • 38Summerville
  • 42Greenwood
  • 45McCarron

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20BowenSubstituted forDawsonat 90+2′minutes
  • 8FornalsBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVlasicat 78′minutes
  • 22Benrahma
  • 9AntonioBooked at 55minsSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 90+7′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 15Dawson
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 31Johnson
  • 33Král

Referee:
Kevin Friend

Attendance:
36,417

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Leeds United 1, West Ham United 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, West Ham United 2.

  3. Offside, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas tries a through ball, but Charlie Cresswell is caught offside.

  4. Substitution, West Ham United. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Michail Antonio.

  5. Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Substitution, West Ham United. Craig Dawson replaces Jarrod Bowen.

  7. Substitution, Leeds United. Crysencio Summerville replaces Jamie Shackleton.

  8. Goal! Leeds United 1, West Ham United 2. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Declan Rice.

  9. Hand ball by Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United).

  10. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jamie Shackleton.

  11. Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

  12. Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

  13. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

  15. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Tomas Soucek (West Ham United).

  18. Substitution, West Ham United. Nikola Vlasic replaces Pablo Fornals.

  19. Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

  20. Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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