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Leeds United 0-1 Swansea City: Wayne Routledge hits late winner at Elland Road

Wayne Routledge scores for Swansea
Wayne Routledge's winner was his second successive goal for Swansea after scoring against Cambridge United

Swansea City replaced Leeds United at the top of the Championship after Wayne Routledge's late goal secured a sensational victory at Elland Road.

Routledge struck in the 90th minute to maintain Swansea's unbeaten start under Steve Cooper and inflict Leeds' first defeat of the season.

Marcelo Bielsa's side dominated but their finishing let them down.

The Swans are now two points clear at the top of the table, while Leeds drop down to third, below Charlton.

Both sides had won four and drawn the other of their five Championship games ahead of the Elland Road meeting.

Leeds were top at the start of the day thanks to a marginally better goal difference than second-placed Swansea - and they started well.

Mike van der Hoorn almost turned a stray Stuart Dallas cross into his own net while Gjanni Alioski and Patrick Bamford had two chances apiece.

Swansea City's Besant Celina in action against Stuart Dallas of Leeds
Swansea's win was only their second ever victory at Elland Road

Swansea's response came from a free-kick after Jack Harrison was fouled on the edge of the area but Matt Grimes curled his effort into the side netting.

Leeds nearly went ahead on the stroke of half-time when returning skipper Liam Cooper nodded a corner against the frame of the goal before putting the rebound over.

The hosts started the second period as strongly as they had finished the first, with Bamford slicing an effort wide and former Swan Pablo Hernandez being denied by Freddie Woodman.

Substitute Eddie Nketiah latched on to a through ball only to fire over the bar.

Swansea felt they should have been awarded a penalty after Sam Surridge went down, but referee Darren Bond was unmoved.

Nketiah almost scored late on, heading wide from Dallas' cross when under pressure from Woodman.

It was to prove costly when Leeds failed to clear a corner allowing Routledge to fire home a low effort.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa:

"The individual performance of the players was positive.

"Our players played a little under the level that they have. We had the ball constantly. We defended well.

"We created enough chances to deserve two or three goals. The chances that the opponent team had was in relation to the corners, and more from the second balls after the corners.

"We had a high possession of the ball. We attacked with calm. This is the analysis of the game."

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper:

"It's the perfect result, with a clean sheet away from home. We had to work hard for it.

"I liked us defensively. Anyone that comes here knows they are going to have moments where they are going to have to defend properly and we did that.

"Any game away from home in this league is a test but it's all about what we do. There are some areas we would definitely like to improve on but there are some areas that went well.

"I said before the game that these are games that we've got to be excited about. You can't come here and fear, you can't come here and hide. You've got to come and enjoy it and we did that."



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDouglasat 83'minutes
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 19Hernández
  • 43KlichSubstituted forHélder Costaat 72'minutes
  • 4Forshaw
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 61'minutes


  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 38McCalmont
  • 46Shackleton


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 4Rodon
  • 24Bidwell
  • 6FultonBooked at 78mins
  • 8Grimes
  • 22A AyewSubstituted forByersat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21DhandaSubstituted forRoutledgeat 63'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 9BastónSubstituted forSurridgeat 63'minutes


  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 19Surridge
  • 20Wilmot
  • 26Naughton
  • 28Byers
  • 41Garrick
Darren Bond

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 0, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Swansea City 1.

  3. Booking

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    George Byers (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by George Byers (Swansea City).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 0, Swansea City 1. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jack Harrison.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. George Byers replaces André Ayew.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Surridge (Swansea City) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

  14. Booking

    Jay Fulton (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben White.