West Ham advanced to fifth in the Premier League table after beating Leeds 2-1 goals from Thomas Soosek and Angelo Okhpona. Friday night football.
Leeds took the lead early on as Mathews Clichy (5) scored from the penalty spot for the second time, after VAR ruled out Lucas Fabianski, who had beaten Patrick Bombard, to stay out of his line-up to save the starting line-up. Penalty.
However, as Suzek brought the Hammers level in the 25th minute, the hosts’ problems from the set pieces continued to haunt them, with Okhpona sealing all three points 10 minutes from time.
7 – Leeds concede seven goals from set pieces in the Premier League this season (Excel. Penalty); Much of the competition with Leicester. Unlocked.
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David Moyes’ side finished fifth, four points behind league leaders Tottenham and second-placed Liverpool. Leeds, meanwhile, are 14th in the league following their sixth defeat of the season.
How did West Ham come from behind to shock Leeds …
Leeds got off to a perfect start, with Liam Cooper’s pass splitting West Ham’s defense and sending Bombard clear, with Fabianski dropping him.
The Polish goalkeeper thought he could recover himself by saving Comrade Clichy’s bad effort, but VAR intervened as restarts pushed him out of his order, and Clich made no mistake in the withdrawal penalty, giving the hosts the lead.
Leeds United: Meslier (7), Ayling (6), Cooper (6), Alioski (5), Robinha (6), Dallas (6), Phillips (7), Harrison (5), Clichy (7), Rodrigo (6) ), Pomport (6).
Subs: Helder Costa (5), Shockleton (6), Roberts (6).
West Ham United: Fabianski (7), Balpuna (7), Okhpona (7), Cresswell (8), Koufal (7), Rice, Suzek (8), Fornels (7), Benrahma (7), Bowen (6), Holler (6) ).
Subs: Johnson (n / a), Noble (n / a), Snowcross (n / a).
Man of the Match: Declan rice
West Ham responded well to the back of the net, Sebastian Holler should have done better with a header before heading straight back towards Ilan Messier, while Rodrigo missed the target after being sent off by Jack Harrison.
The spectators found a balance in the 25th minute when Saucek met Jorrot Bowen’s corner in the distance, and his title was too strong for Mesliar.
Rodrigo turned another great chance to regain the Leeds lead, but after cutting from the right he fired straight towards Fabianski, making a comfortable save as the sides went level with the break.
Marcelo Pizza was clearly not happy with what he saw in the opening 45 minutes, making two changes at the break, with Jack Harrison and Johnny Alyoski leading to Helder Costa and Jamie Shockleton.
Shackleton came straight into action, knocking out Bamford, before Luke Eiling’s blocker made sure Haller’s shot was deflected, before Meslier Hammers hit a header from just above the crossbar.
Calvin Phillips then drove wide of a scene that saw Leeds disturb the crowd at the other end, while Fabianski had to make a smart save to put Clichy’s powerful half-volley out.
- Leeds boss Marcelo Pilsa was true to his word for the Premier League clash with West Ham. In the midst of a defensive injury crisis, Pizza named his side on Wednesday, stopping Luke Ayling in the center half, with both Robin Koch and Diego Lorent injured. Rodrigo started behind leading scorer Patrick Bombard and Pablo Hernandez returned to the bench.
- According to West Ham, Benrahma made his first start after a summer transfer from Brentford, but Arthur Maswaku withdrew following knee surgery.
But West Ham are the ones most likely to finish strong on both sides and take all three points.
Pablo Fornells and midfielder’s shot from Teklon Rice’s Inch-Perfect ball revealed the inch width of the post. Mesliar made a hand-stop to expel Fabian Balboona’s bullet header from close range.
However, Ostbona’s header from Aaron Cresswell’s cross after a thin foul by Costa picked up the top corner to seal the victory as Mestiler missed any chances in the 80th minute.
Man of the Match – Declan Rice
Sky Sports‘ Andy Hingliff: “He was absolutely brilliant, defensive, as always, very safe, but he also volunteered to achieve good results.”
Apta figures – Leeds’ home struggles continue
- Leeds United have lost their last two league games despite scoring the first goal in each; This is the first time they have lost in back-to-back Premier League games despite opening the scoring.
- Leeds suffered their third defeat in six home Premier League games this season (W1 D2), as they experienced in 23 championships on Eland Road throughout 2019-20 (W15 D5 L3).
- West Ham have 20 points from 12 league games this season (W6 D2 L4); In 2015-16 alone they quickly reached 20 points in a Premier League campaign (10 games).
- Neither side has scored more set-pieces (Excel. Pens) than West Ham United (8, level with Chelsea) in this season’s Premier League, while neither side has conceded from circumstances such as Leeds United (level 7, level with Leicester City). ).
- West Ham boss David Moyes has won four of his five Premier League games against Leeds (T1); He faced the Whites more unbeaten than any other opponent in the tournament, while the 80% win rate against them was the highest of all sides he faced at least four times in the division.
Leeds United are back in action when they host Newcastle at 6pm on Wednesday, welcoming West Ham to the Krystal Palace kick-off at 8pm at London Stadium.