Leeds United grabbed all three points under the lights at Elland Road as they beat Newcastle 5-2.
After a good start from Newcastle, Leeds took control of the match with Rodrigo seeing the first sight of goal, firing high and wide from the left side of the box following Harrison’s cut-back from the left.
Liam Cooper came close from a corner-kick on 19 minutes as his towering header toward the bottom right corner, with Darlow making a good save to keep the score deadlocked.
But The Toon took the lead from nowhere on 27 minutes as Ryan Fraser’s cross from the left flicked on well by Wilson. Hendrick met the ball at the far post and placed the ball in the back of the net to give Newcastle the lead.
Following a couple of chances for Raphinha, The Whites equalised nine minutes later with thanks to Patrick Bamford. Raphinha’s in-swinging cross from the left was met by Rodrigo whose looping header bounced off the crossbar before Bamford put it away as he was most alive in the six-yard box.
Leeds took the lead just after the hour mark as Rodrigo sent a powerful curled pass across to Harrison on the left. He somehow controlled it before smashing a cut-back across the box onto the diving head of Rodrigo who found the bottom right corner as he completed the filthiest one-two you’ve ever seen.
Newcastle hit back as they countered from a poor corner from Leeds, ending in Wilson bouncing his shot off the deck and was brilliantly tipped over by Meslier. But the resulting corner brought Newcastle an equaliser of their own, with Fraser assisting again while Ciaran Clark beat his man and snuck his header into the bottom left corner.
Setback after setback in this game, but Leeds never gave up. Stuart Dallas gave The Whites the lead once again on 78 minutes as he headed home at the back post following a beautiful cross from Mateusz Klich on the left side.
Here began a flurry of goals to seal the three points for Leeds as they counter a Newcastle corner with a 3v2 led by Raphinha. He has the defenders backing-off before slipping the ball to the substitute, Hernandez who in turn found Alioski across the box through on goal, as the North Macedonian duly finished it off.
Jack Harrison capped the game off perfectly on 86 minutes as Leeds countered from yet another corner with Harrison the man running at the defence. The Toon continue to back-off the Leeds man who unleashed a fierce strike from outside the box which ended up in the top right corner.
Overall, a much-improved performance for Leeds United who now look ahead to a massive game. It’s the war of the roses as Leeds United visit Manchester United.