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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Hélder Costa (5', 57')
  • Mateusz Klich (41' PEN)
  • Patrick Bamford (50')
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (34' PEN, 67')
  • Bobby De Cordova-Reid (62')

Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.

After a 4-3 loss to champions Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, produced more vibrant attacking football along with defensive jitters.

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Helda Costa gave them a flying start only for Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty to level for Fulham before Mateusz Klich restored their lead also with a spot kick before halftime.

Patrick Bamford's clinical finish in the 50th minute gave Leeds breathing space and Costa's sumptuous second goal of the game six minutes later had Leeds running riot.

Fulham, promoted via the playoffs, were far from finished as goals by substitute Bobby Decordova-Reid and Mitrovic in quick succession kept the result in the balance.

With the game being played at a punishing high tempo Leeds lived dangerously at times but hung on for their first top-flight victory since April 2004.

Like Leeds, Fulham's style was easy on the eye but Parker's side now have no points from two games, having conceded seven.

"It was a little too close in the end," Bamford, who also scored at Liverpool, told BT Sport.

"I think there will be a few long meetings this week to see what we can do better. The third goal made us panic a bit."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 27 +39 65
2 Leicester City 28 +16 53
3 Manchester United 27 +21 51
4 Chelsea 27 +17 47
5 Everton 26 +6 46
6 West Ham United 26 +9 45
7 Liverpool 27 +12 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +15 42
9 Aston Villa 26 +11 40
10 Arsenal 27 +7 38
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace 27 -14 34
14 Southampton 27 -11 33
15 Burnley 28 -16 30
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -8 26
17 Newcastle United 26 -17 26
18 Fulham 27 -12 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 27 -36 17
20 Sheffield United 28 -29 14