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Raphinha pays tribute to Ronaldinho as Leeds hand Southampton finishing lesson

After Patrick Bamford donated 20 tablets to help local kids with their schooling during lockdown, Leeds gave Southampton a lesson in finishing.

Bamford walked out holding one of the iPads he purchased for Beeston Primary School, showing 11 of their pupils who were virtual mascots for last night’s game.

Bamford then led the way as Leeds schooled Southampton’s defence to register their 200th Premier League victory and show they can win without the injured Kalvin Phillips.

Bamford opened the scoring with a precise finish before Stuart Dallas scored with the outside of his left foot and Raphinha ended the lesson with a superb 25-yard free-kick.

Patrick Bamford celebrates his opening goal for Leeds

Leeds might have had more and Tyler Roberts missed a couple of fine chances, while Alex McCarthy was inspired for Saints.

Southampton’s miserable run continues and this was their seventh defeat from their last eight Premier League games.

They were on the wrong end of two decisions by Andre Marriner, first when he overturned his decision to award them a penalty with the help of VAR and then when he disallowed a goal because they took a free-kick before he blew to restart play.

Despite Diego Llorente made only his second start as Leeds went with a three-man defence, but they were still vulnerable early on and Jannik Vestergaard headed wide before Nathan Tella skipped past Liam Cooper and shot at Illan Meslier.

Leeds woke up and Raphinha teed up Roberts, who wastefully fired over, before McCarthy touched over a Liam Cooper effort.

Southampton thought they had won a penalty when Marriner pointed to the spot when Tella when down under a challenge from Llorente.

Stuart Dallas added a second
Stuart Dallas added a second

VAR Kevin Friend asked him to review his decision and he correctly changed his mind when he watched the incident on his pitchside monitor and saw that Tella dived.

Marriner frustrated Southampton again when he disallowed Che Adams’ effort and the Saints players were furious.

Raphinha should have scored in between these two controversial moments when Dallas put him through, only for the Brazilian to dally and allow Oriol Romeu to make a superb tackle.

Leeds picked up the pace after the interval and opening the scoring two minutes after the restart from Bamford’s class finish.

He let Roberts’ pass run through his legs before slotting home left-footed past McCarthy into the far bottom corner.

Southampton wilted under Leeds’ intensity and Roberts steered a shot wide from a glorious position before McCarthy denied Bamford, Roberts and Llorente.

Raphinha paid tribute to Ronaldinho's late mother with his celebration
Raphinha paid tribute to Ronaldinho’s late mother with his celebration

Southampton could not keep Leeds out and they scored a deserved second when Helder Costa found Dallas 25 yards out and the Northern Ireland international netted with the outside of his left foot.

Raphinha bagged the goal his performance deserved six minutes from time when he converted a free-kick from 25 yards out to lift Leeds to 10th.

Raphinha pulled up his shirt to show a tribute to Ronaldinho’s mother, Dona Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos, who died aged 71 at the weekend from coronavirus.




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