Leeds United v West Ham United  Premier League Saturday 25th September 2021

This was Leeds’ 3rd league home game this season, and I was lucky enough to be able to get tickets for this one too, so it was my 2nd game of the season already.

Leeds were injury hit so would that affect them against a in-form West Ham?

Could Leeds get their 1st win of the season, or would West Ham keep them waiting?

It was played at an always atmospheric Elland Road

After 3 minutes, Phillips had a right footed shot from outside the box which was close, but missed to the left, then Benrahma had a right footed shot at the other end outside the box which was also close but missed to the left.

Three minutes later, Antonio had a right footed shot from the right side of the box save din bottom left corner by Meslier.

After 10 minutes, Benrahma had a right footed shot from outside the box save din bottom corner by Meslier.

Three minutes later, Dallas had a go from outside the box as his shot was saved in top corner.

After 17 minutes, Rice’s right footed shot from outside the box was blocked. Then Raphinha had a left footed shot from outside the box which was saved in centre of goal.

1st Leeds goal

2 minutes later Leeds probably deservedly in front as Soucek gave the ball away, Rodrigo ran, he squared to Klich who laid it off to Raphinha whose left footed shot from outside the area went into bottom left corner, and Elland Road was on its feet, was this the day Leeds get their 1st league win this season?

After 21 minutes,  Antonio’s right footed shot from right side of box missed to the left.

Three minutes later, Bowen’s right footed shot was outside the box and it missed to the left.

Just before the half hour, James had a right footed shot from the right side of 6 yard box which was blocked.

Just after the half hour, Dallas had a right footed shot outside the box which missed to the left.

Ten minutes before halftime, Rodrigo’s left footed shot from outside the box was blocked, then Dallas had a left footed shot from centre of the box was blocked.

A minute later, Antonio’s right footed shot from outside the box missed to the left, then a minute later, Klich’s right footed shot from centre of the box was blocked.

Two minutes before halftime, Benrahma had a left footed shot from left side of the box which missed to the right.

In the 3rd minute of first half stoppage time, Fornals had a right footed shot from centre of box which was saved in centre of the goal.

In the last minute of stoppage time, Bowen’s left footed shot from outside the box was close, but missed to the left.

Halftime score: Leeds United 1-0 West Ham United

An enjoyable first half as West Ham had better 1st ten minutes, but after that was pretty even, Leeds deservedly ahead at the break, could they hold on for their 1st win of the season?

After 50 minutes, Aaron Creswell had a left footed shot from the left side of the box which missed to the right. Then Harrison a 2nd half sub had a left footed shot outside the box blocked.

West Ham equaliser correctly ruled out

4 minutes later, West Ham thought they’d equalised as Soucek headed in but Antonio was adjudged to have fouled Meslier, the ref got told by VAR to go to the monitor, and he disallowed the goal.

On the hour mark, Benrahma had a right footed shot from outside the box blocked.

Two minutes later, Soucek’s header from centre of the box was saved in top corner.

After 64 minutes, Klich had a right footed shot from centre of the box was blocked.  A minute later, Rodrigo had a left footed shot from centre of the box saved in the top corner.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Bowen had a left footed shot from the right side of the box blocked.

West Ham equaliser

In the same minute, West Ham equalised as shot came in from Bowen and it took a deflection off Firpo into the net.

With 20 minutes left, Cresswell had a left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range saved in top centre of goal, Antonio then had a right footed shot from centre of the box which went high and wide.

After 76 minutes, Benrahma had a right footed shot outside the box went high and wide, then Antonio’s left footed shot from the centre of the box was blocked.

With 7 minutes remaining, Rodrigo had a left footed shot from centre of the box was blocked, then Antonio’s right footed shot from the left side of the 6 yard box was blocked.

 2nd West Ham goal

After 90 minutes, Heartbreak for Leeds as Rice passed to Antonio who broke and kept running and had a right footed shot from centre of the box went into the bottom corner.

In the 5th minute of stoppage time, Phillips had a right footed shot but it was well wide.

Fulltime score:  Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United

West Ham were the better side in the 2nd half, but it was cruel on Leeds who deserved at least a point, but I don’t think they are far off getting a first win, but after the other results, Leeds dropped into the bottom 3.

Highlights are at this link:

Next for Leeds is their 2nd consecutive home game against Watford on Saturday October 2nd 3pm kickoff.

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