Leeds comes from behind to beat Wolves


Rayan Ait-Nouri’s own goal in the second half secured Leeds a 2-1 home win against Wolves in their first Premier League game of the season at Elland Road.

Ait-Nouri led Patrick Bamford’s low cross into his own net to complete the Leeds fight back after Rodrigo knocked out Daniel Podence’s early attempt before halftime.

It was bad luck for Wolves, who had been the better side for most of the second half before Ait-Nouri turned the ball past his goalkeeper Jose Sa.

When the French left-back tried to push Bamford’s pointed ball in front of goal, he came under intense pressure from Leeds summer signing Brenden Aaronson, who was initially named the winner in an impressive debut.

Podence had already fired an early shot alongside Wolves as he put them ahead in a sixth minute.

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Leeds right-back Rasmus Kristensen, one of four summer signings to make his debut for the Yorkshire club, came second in a chase for a long ball over the top with Pedro Neto and Wolves taking advantage mercilessly.

Neto’s cross to the far post was caught by a muffled header from Hwang Hee-Chan and Podence’s volley went off the grass and past the bottom of the crossbar.

The home fans in a sold-out Elland Road crowd demanded a response and American midfielder Aaronson came close to equalizing in his first Premier League appearance when his neat turn and shot was deflected for a corner.

Hwang warned of his forward threat with a neat swipe over Diego Llorente, but he fired straight at Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier with the goal in full view and Leeds equalized shortly after.

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Wolves defender Ait-Nouri was caught shaking in his penalty area and when the ball broke to Rodrigo on the right side of the penalty area, the Spain attacker drove a low shot into goalkeeper Sa’s near post.

Meslier kept Leeds level in first-half stoppage time when he stopped an effort from Leander Dendoncker from close range after another nimble assist from Hwang.

Wolves took control at the start of the second period and Meslier once again came to the rescue of Leeds when he tapped a Dendoncker header over the crossbar from a corner.

Leeds struggled to maintain possession and as Wolves tried to retake the lead, Kristensen’s fantastic last-ditch tackle deprived Ait-Nouri of a clear point on goal.

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Whites boss Jesse Marsch sent Mateusz Klich and later Sam Greenwood for Rodrigo and debutant Marc Roca respectively and the changes brought his side to life.

They put together their first fluid attack since halftime and took a 74th minute lead when Ait-Nouri Bamford’s precise low cross from five yards into his own net made it 2-1.

Skippered for the day in the absence of injured defender Liam Cooper, Bamford saw his header from Jack Harrison’s cross brilliantly saved by Sa as Leeds moved forward again.

Aaronson and Bamford gave way to substitutes Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt in the closing stages and Leeds retained all three points in the season opener.


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