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Match Recap: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United

The Hammers go back to London with all three points with their set-piece danger proving the difference.

Leeds United v West Ham United - Premier League
Mateusz Klch slots his penalty-kick home after his first was saved before VAR ordered a retake.
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Leeds United were beaten by West Ham United 1-2 at Elland Road under the floodlights.

The Whites won a penalty just two minutes into proceedings as Liam Cooper intercepted the ball in the midfield before sending the ball through to Bamford. He rounded the keeper and was brought down as the referee pointed to the spot.

Klich stepped-up and hit a poor penalty which was saved by Fabianski, before VAR ordered a retake as the keeper came off his line. Klich made no mistake at the second time of asking, slotting the ball nicely into the bottom right corner.

West Ham responded strongly though, with Haller having a free header blocked by Phillips before an equaliser eventually came on 25 minutes. Soucek broke from his marker and headed across goal powerfully from the left.

Both teams had chances between the equaliser and the half-time whistle, with the game being set with a high tempo as both teams battled for the control of proceedings.

This continued initially in the second half but creativity quickly dried up for Leeds while West Ham continued to push on for the next goal. Haller, Fornals, Bowen and Benrahma came close with Meslier being forced into some good saves.

But Ogbonna’s chance from a freekick could not be stoped, peeling away toward the back post and heading into the bottom right corner.

West Ham had a couple near chances more as the game closed out, but Leeds had a huge chance go begging in the final moments. Ayling whipped a brilliant cross in from right-of-centre, with Rodrigo beating the centre-halves but not the keeper as it went straight at him.

A tough one to take for Leeds United, but they must now turn their attention to Wednesday night’s game as they return to Elland Road against Newcastle United.