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Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United

By Tom GarryBBC Sport
Ezgjan Alioski (left)
Ezgjan Alioski (left) did well in the build-up to Samuel Saiz's opening goal for Leeds

Leeds maintained their unbeaten start under new boss Thomas Christiansen while inflicting a first loss of the season on Simon Grayson's Sunderland.

The visitors - without their 2016-17 top scorer Chris Wood, who is close to joining Burnley - were clinical on Wearside and deserved their victory.

Samuel Saiz's crisp low finish across goal gave them a 1-0 half-time lead.

Stuart Dallas headed in Saiz's second-half cross to secure the Whites' second league win from their first four games.

Sunderland, who had begun the day level on points with Leeds with five from a possible nine, lacked cutting edge in the final third.

The hosts' best chance came in the first half, as Lewis Grabban's effort was headed off the line and up on to the crossbar by Liam Cooper.

Leeds' victory was their second from two away games this term and came after consecutive goalless draws at home.

Christiansen's side are one of only three teams in the Championship still yet to be defeated, after four games, together with early leaders Cardiff and Ipswich.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson told BBC Newcastle: "For 20 minutes we were dominant. We asked a lot of questions of them.

"I don't think (Liam) Cooper knew too much about it when it hit him on the head and hit the bar - 70 seconds later it's in the back of our next. Those are the fine margins in a football match.

"From then onwards, I don't think you can fault the players' effort or commitment, but it was just that final ball that really matters, when you're trying to get back in to a game."

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen told BBC Radio Leeds: "I don't know if it's the best performance (in my time here so far) but it comes in the best moment, especially when the team needed it.

"We had the circumstances: Barcelona for me, personally, but also for the team, that Chris Wood will leave the team.

"There is no one above Leeds. Everyone worked for the same goal. Today was proof again that we are not winning games because of the individual player, but as the team."

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Steele
  • 2Jones
  • 18Browning
  • 23KonéBooked at 69mins
  • 15GallowayBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 55'minutes
  • 26Honeyman
  • 17NdongBooked at 82mins
  • 6CattermoleSubstituted forAsoroat 74'minutes
  • 19McGeady
  • 9VaughanSubstituted forKhazriat 55'minutes
  • 11Grabban

Substitutes

  • 10Khazri
  • 16O'Shea
  • 21Matthews
  • 24Gibson
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Gooch
  • 29Asoro

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13WiedwaldBooked at 68mins
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 8Anita
  • 23Phillips
  • 14O'Kane
  • 10Alioski
  • 21SáizSubstituted forKlichat 81'minutes
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forRoofeat 25'minutes
  • 45EkubanSubstituted forDallasat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Green
  • 3Borthwick-Jackson
  • 7Roofe
  • 15Dallas
  • 25Vieira
  • 35Shaughnessy
  • 43Klich
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
31,237

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Leeds United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Leeds United 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joel Asoro (Sunderland).

  4. Post update

    Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Honeyman.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Jones (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyias Browning (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by George Honeyman.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.

  10. Post update

    George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  14. Booking

    Didier Ndong (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Didier Ndong (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich replaces Samuel Sáiz.

  19. Post update

    Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff440081712
2Ipswich440094512
3Wolves43017439
4Nottm Forest43018629
5Leeds42205238
6QPR42115417
7Preston42112117
8Derby42114407
9Middlesbrough42024316
10Sheff Utd420223-16
11Bristol City41216515
12Sunderland41215505
13Sheff Wed41213305
14Hull41128714
15Birmingham411234-14
16Aston Villa411268-24
17Norwich411268-24
18Reading411235-24
19Fulham403123-13
20Barnsley410347-33
21Burton410338-53
22Bolton402246-22
23Millwall402246-22
24Brentford401359-41
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