IMAGE: Leeds United’s Raphinha in motion with Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu throughout their match at Elland Road, Leeds, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/Pool by way of Reuters
An outstanding free kick from Brazilian winger Raphinha capped a 3-0 win for Leeds United over Southampton at Elland Road on Tuesday, condemning the struggling Saints to their seventh defeat in eight Premier League video games.
The tone was set for Southampton within the first half when a choice to award them a penalty after Nathan Tella appeared to be felled within the field was overturned by referee Andre Marriner following a VAR evaluate.
Marriner additionally dominated out a purpose for the Saints from a quickly-taken free kick simply earlier than halftime, saying he had not blown the whistle earlier than James Ward-Prowse performed in Che Adams, who put the ball within the web.
Leeds went forward two minutes into the second half when Tyler Roberts performed an incisive go to Patrick Bamford, who fired throughout the goalkeeper and into the web.
Stuart Dallas made it 2-0 within the 78th minute, gathering Helder Costa’s go earlier than blasting a toe-poke previous Alex McCarthy.
Leeds’ first purpose from a direct free kick this season was definitely worth the wait as Raphinha stepped up six minutes later to curl a dipping strike in on the far publish after a foul on Costa.
Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa mentioned the sport was quite a bit nearer than the scoreline instructed and it was determined by the tactical battle on the wings.
“We were alternating between Raphinha, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison to see which adapted best to what was happening on both sides. In the second half when we scored quickly, there were more possibilities for Raphinha to get in behind more,” he mentioned.
The win introduced to an finish a two-game dropping run for Leeds and lifted them to tenth place within the desk on 35 factors, whereas Southampton stay 14th on 30 factors, eight factors above the relegation locations.