A spectacular performance from Brazilian winger Raphinha inspired Leeds to an impressive win that moved them into the top half of the Premier League table at the expense of Crystal Palace on Monday night at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team started on the front foot and it took them less than three minutes to take the lead, when Jack Harrison thumped one in from the edge of the area with the help of a Gary Cahill deflection.
That was all Leeds needed to turn on the style and – led by the energy and enthusiasm of their Brazilian talisman, who spun, danced and nutmegged his way through the entire Palace team at one point or another – they took control.
They were 2-0 up within minutes of the restart, when Raphinha’s strike was parried by Vicente Guaita, but fell into the path of Patrick Bamford, who stroked in his 100th career goal.
Leeds took their foot off the gas from there but still had a few chances for goal number three. Bamford could have had a hat-trick if not for some good stops from Guaita, while Harrison rattled the bar late on as the home side completely dominated.
They would have to settle for just the two, though, but that was enough for Bielsa.