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Cardiff City 3-1 Leeds United

Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore celebrate
Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore celebrate

Cardiff City overwhelmed Leeds with a breathless display to overtake them at the top of the Championship.

The relentless hosts led 2-0 at the break thanks to Kenneth Zohore's close-range finish and a thumping 20-yard strike from Junior Hoilett.

Leeds had captain Liam Cooper sent off shortly before half-time before Zohore slid in Cardiff's third after an hour.

The visitors responded with Kemar Roofe's deflected effort, but were ultimately well beaten.

Thomas Christiansen's side drop to second place in the table - three points behind Cardiff - but they could slip further down when third-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Sheffield United on Wednesday.

A Cardiff City Stadium crowd of 27,160, the Bluebirds' biggest of the season, made for a raucous atmosphere in this eagerly anticipated meeting between the Championship's first and third-placed sides, separated only by goal difference before kick-off.

Full-blooded and entertaining

The home side thrived on the sense of occasion, producing a full-blooded and, in turn, entertaining performance typical of manager Neil Warnock's tenure.

Organised defensively, energetic in midfield and quick and powerful in attack, it was Cardiff's fervent pressing that unsettled Leeds and forced them into the crucial mistake which led to the opening goal.

With the visitors pinned back in their own half and unable to play their favoured possession-based game, Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich slipped and lost possession to Loic Damour.

The French midfielder wasted little time in freeing Hoilett, who skipped through the Leeds defence and squared the ball to Zohore, who fired in from a few yards to score his first goal since the opening weekend of the season.

Cardiff doubled their lead within 10 minutes as Hoilett unleashed a swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area which whistled past Felix Wiedwald into the net.

Leeds' task was made even harder when centre-back Cooper was sent off for a second yellow card, courtesy of an ill-timed lunge at Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

It got worse for the visitors as Zohore tapped in the hosts' third after some crisp build-up play and, although Christiansen's side gave themselves a glimmer of hope as Roofe's deflected effort bobbled in, Cardiff coasted to a fourth win from five home league games this season.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock said:

"I'm proud of the whole club. The fans were fantastic, the players responded and I thought there was excitement all over the show.

"I thought the strikers looked dangerous all the time and it was great to see Ken get two taps-ins.

"I told him it would be one from a yard that gets him back on it. He's played well over the last few weeks but he never had a chance."

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen said:

"Disappointed of course with the result in a top game. It was important in the first half, the two mistakes brought Cardiff into the game without creating any problems for us.

"Then the red card to finalise the first half was very bad… if we want to come back into the game. The performance of the team in the second half was very good, a good response, good character.

"The team played better with 10 than 11.

"They [Cardiff] did what I expected them to do. It's a strong team at home with their crowd."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3Bennett
  • 14BambaSubstituted forHalfordat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forFeeneyat 85'minutes
  • 20Damour
  • 21Bryson
  • 33Hoilett
  • 10ZohoreSubstituted forWardat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Tomlin
  • 9Ward
  • 12Feeney
  • 15Halford
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Murphy
  • 30Bogle

Leeds

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperBooked at 45mins
  • 28Berardi
  • 43KlichSubstituted forVieiraat 67'minutes
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 23mins
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forGrotat 62'minutes
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forPenningtonat 45'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 5Pennington
  • 9Lasogga
  • 11Grot
  • 21Sáiz
  • 24Sacko
  • 25Vieira
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
27,160

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Leeds United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Sol Bamba.

Attempt missed. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Felix Wiedwald.

Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Liam Feeney replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Cardiff City).

Offside, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi tries a through ball, but Stuart Dallas is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Kenneth Zohore.

Foul by Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Hand ball by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ronaldo Vieira replaces Mateusz Klich.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Leeds United 1. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay-Roy Grot.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Leeds United 0. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff10721179823
2Leeds106221881020
3Wolves9621159620
4Preston10541114719
5Ipswich96031913618
6Sheff Utd9603128418
7Bristol City104511710717
8Aston Villa104421610616
9Middlesbrough10433117415
10Norwich10433912-315
11Fulham10352129314
12Millwall103431310313
13Sheff Wed93421211113
14QPR103431313013
15Derby93331313012
16Nottm Forest104061318-512
17Hull102351618-29
18Reading9234810-29
19Burton10235619-139
20Brentford101541113-28
21Barnsley92251014-48
22Sunderland101361019-96
23Birmingham9126513-85
24Bolton10028421-172
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