Match report and free highlights as goals from Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison secured a convincing win for Leeds against Chelsea at Elland Road; a miserable day for the away side was capped when Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off late on
Edouard Mendy’s howler set Leeds on their way to an emphatic 3-0 win as they overwhelmed Chelsea with a performance of striking intensity at Elland Road.
The Chelsea goalkeeper’s error for the opening goal when he was dispossessed by Brenden Aaronson turned the game against Thomas Tuchel’s side and when Rodrigo doubled the lead with his head just moments later it sparked wild scenes inside the stadium.
Chelsea made changes to formation and personnel but Jack Harrison’s close-range strike midway through the second half ended any hope of a comeback and Tuchel’s misery was compounded when Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.
Rodrigo now has four goals in three games, stepping up in the absence of the injured Patrick Bamford, but the whole team typified the intensity of Leeds’ game under Jesse Marsch. With seven points from three games, he has put his stamp on this side now.
Leeds: Meslier (7), Llorente (7), Koch (8), Struijk (7), Kristensen (6), Rodrigo (9), Adams (9), Harrison (9), Roca (7), Aaronson (9), James (7)
Subs: Forshaw (6), Greenwood (n/a), Klich (n/a), Gelhardt (n/a)
Chelsea: Mendy (3), James (6), Silva (6), Koulibaly (2), Loftus-Cheek (4), Jorginho (6), Gallagher (5), Cucurella (6), Mount (6), Havertz (6), Sterling (6)
Subs: Pulisic (6), Ziyech (6), Chilwell (6)
Man of the match: Jack Harrison