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Match Recap: Leeds United 0-1 Aston Villa

A frustrating defeat at Elland Road.

Leeds United v Aston Villa - Premier League
Patrick Bamford shows his frustration to the referee as the game goes into the later stages.
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Leeds United were beaten in a frustrating encounter with Aston Villa at Elland Road, as The Villains’ early goal gave them enough to come away with the three points.

They opened the scoring after five minutes as Villa had a second coming from a corner-kick with Watkins on the edge of the box. He tried to either shoot or cross the ball, slipping in the process but finding El Ghazi at the back post who beat his man and was wide open to put the ball away.

Leeds’ first real chance came five minutes later as Raphinha came inside and had his shot rebounded into the path of Tyler Roberts. He turned on to his left foot before firing the ball high at the keeper who parried the ball away.

El Ghazi was the danger man in this one, with a couple more chances coming his way in the first-half, testing Meslier before a drilled strike from the edge of the box just wide of the post.

Tyler Roberts had another chance come to him on the half-hour mark, with Llorente’s pass propping up for Roberts nicely on the edge of the box, but his finish was blazed over the bar.

It was a very frustrating game for The Whites with chances coming few and far between as they looked to break down the mighty bus placed in front of the Villa goal.

A late chance landed at the head of Raphinha as Jack Harrison found him brilliantly at the back-post with a floated cross, but the Brazillian’s nodded finish hit the side-netting.

A tough night for The Whites in the end as Villa take the three points back to Birmingham. Now, Leeds must dust themselves off and look ahead to a trip to West Ham United.