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Salford City 0-3 Leeds United: Eddie Nketiah scores on debut

By James LawBBC Sport
Gaetano Berardi (left) turns home the second Leeds goal
Leeds made seven changes, with Gaetano Berardi (left) captaining the side

Eddie Nketiah scored on his Leeds United debut as they swept past League Two Salford City to reach the Carabao Cup second round.

The hosts - watched on by co-owners Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville - looked lively early on but fell behind when on-loan Arsenal striker Nketiah tapped home Helder Costa's low cross.

Gaetano Berardi doubled Leeds' advantage, flicking in Costa's near-post corner, with Mateusz Klich bending in a third from the edge of the box.

Salford, making their debut in the competition after four promotions in five seasons, tested Kiko Casilla through Danny Whitehead and Richie Towell but largely faded in the second half.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also watched on at the Peninsula Stadium, with Salford co-owned by six of his famous Class of '92 - including David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

But after overcoming a sticky start, which saw Leif Davis clear a Towell volley off the line, two-time finalists Leeds grew into the tie.

Jamie Shackleton's defence-splitting pass led to Nketiah's opener but Klich grabbed the goal of the game, showing determination and dribbling ability before finding the corner.

Marcelo Bielsa's side could have had more, though Salford came close to a consolation when Casilla misjudged a cross and Berardi scrambled clear to save his blushes.

Leeds will face fellow Championship side Stoke City in the second round at Elland Road.

Line-ups

Salford

  • 1Neal
  • 25JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Pond
  • 6Piergianni
  • 8Maynard
  • 4ThrelkeldSubstituted forGaffneyat 62'minutes
  • 17Towell
  • 18Whitehead
  • 3Touray
  • 29BeesleySubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 69'minutes
  • 20DieseruvweSubstituted forRooneyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 9Rooney
  • 10Lloyd-McGoldrick
  • 12Letheren
  • 22Jones
  • 24Smith
  • 30Gaffney

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 28Berardi
  • 5White
  • 40Davis
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forHarrisonat 78'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 46Shackleton
  • 43KlichBooked at 87mins
  • 47ClarkeSubstituted forMcCalmontat 70'minutes
  • 14NketiahSubstituted forBamfordat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 15Dallas
  • 22Harrison
  • 30Miazek
  • 36Gotts
  • 38McCalmont
  • 44Bogusz
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
4,518

Match Stats

Home TeamSalfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Salford City 0, Leeds United 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Joey Jones (Salford City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joey Jones (Salford City).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Richard Towell.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfie McCalmont.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leif Davis with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Rooney (Salford City).

  11. Booking

    Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

    Joey Jones (Salford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rory Gaffney (Salford City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Jones.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Rooney (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Whitehead with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.