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Norwich City 0-3 Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa's men go top as they brush aside Canaries

Ezgjan Alioski scores his second goal of the season
Ezgjan Alioski scored his second goal of the season at Carrow Road - Leeds are the Championship's top scorers with 14 goals in five games

Leeds United moved back to the top of the Championship with an impressive victory at Norwich City.

Mateusz Klich gave United an early lead when he reacted quickest after Tim Krul had parried Ezgjan Alioski's header.

Five minutes later Alioski doubled the lead as Krul was inexplicably beaten at his near post by the Macedonian's shot.

Pablo Hernandez put the gloss on the win as he beautifully curled a 20-yard effort into the bottom corner after cutting in from the left.

Norwich, who slip to 17th in the Championship, have registered just one win in their opening five games.

The Canaries started and ended the first half well, but were undone in the middle thanks to two clinical Leeds finishes - although they could have scored twice before the break as Teemu Pukki saw a goalbound shot deflected wide and Kemar Roofe headed Timm Klose's header off the line.

But Marcelo Bielsa's side were not properly troubled again and should have been ahead eight minutes after the break when Samuel Saiz hit the side-netting following great build-up play from Luke Ayling, Hernandez and Roofe.

Substitute Patrick Bamford could have got a fourth late on, while Norwich did not have their second attempt on target until stoppage time, when Bailey Peacock-Farrell kept out a Grant Hanley header.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa:

"I am pleased with the performance - this was much better than we played at Swansea.

"But we have only played about 10 per cent of the season and we have to keep things in perspective."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke:

"Leeds are a good side, with a lot of quality, who play at a very high level and you could see why they are top of the league. But today I 100 per cent thought we could beat them.

"For the first 25 minutes we gave them lots of problems, probably the most problems any side has given them so far this season. But when you play like that you need to take your chances.

"It was the same in the second half, we played very well for 20 minutes or so but then they score with their first shot of the half and it is game over.

"I am very disappointed with the result - but I also look at the performance and I don't think we are too far away."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Pinto
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 12Lewis
  • 34ThompsonSubstituted forStiepermannat 81'minutes
  • 19TrybullBooked at 50mins
  • 22Pukki
  • 10LeitnerSubstituted forBuendíaat 75'minutes
  • 25Hernández
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forSrbenyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 7Marshall
  • 17Buendía
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2AylingBooked at 62mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 28BerardiBooked at 90mins
  • 3Douglas
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forHarrisonat 79'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 14SáizSubstituted forBakerat 90'minutes
  • 10Alioski
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forBamfordat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 20Pearce
  • 22Harrison
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 35Shaughnessy
  • 46Shackleton
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
25,944

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 0, Leeds United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Leeds United 3.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Booking

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

Lewis Baker (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Baker replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Offside, Leeds United. Barry Douglas tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Louis Thompson.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Harrison replaces Pablo Hernández because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Kemar Roofe.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Emiliano Buendía.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Emiliano Buendía replaces Moritz Leitner.

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Louis Thompson (Norwich City).

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Louis Thompson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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