Leeds United were beaten by Chelsea in their second trip to London this week in an unremarkable encounter at Stamford Bridge.
The home side started the brightest with Meslier being called into action on 16 minutes after watching his team give the ball away cheaply, coming to the rescue to stop Havertz from opening the scoring.
Meslier save. #lufc pic.twitter.com/xumwpa6XJP— WALMOTtv (@WALMOT_) March 4, 2023
Joao Felix smashed the crossbar seven minutes later having met Sterling’s cut-back from the right-hand side, much to the relief of the Leeds defence.
Leeds started picking up a few moments of their own as the half was coming to a close, with Summerville providing much of the danger with little substance. Aaronson was put through late in the half but had no decent options to square it and the attack faded.
Chelsea stepped up the pace after half-time and grabbed their goal on the 53-minute mark as Wesley Fofana headed goalward from a corner kick from Ben Chilwell.
Georginio Rutter is still in search of his first Leeds goal having been denied by a soft refereeing decision against Fulham in midweek. His close-range effort went close once again, but Badiashile managed to block it on the goal line.
The Whites huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, with Illan Meslier unable to convert his big chance in the 95th minute having come up for a corner late in the game.
Gracia says Chelsea dominated the first half hour. "After that moment, we had the ball and created some chances. The goal came from a corner kick. We tried until the end. The team showed character and attitude. It was the difference in my opinion, the corner kick." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 4, 2023