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Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United

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Leeds maintained their unbeaten start under new boss Thomas Christiansen while inflicting a first loss of the season on Simon Grayson’s Sunderland.The visitors – without their 2016-17 top scorer Chris Wood, who is close to joining Burnley – were clinical on Wearside and deserved their victory.Samuel Saiz’s crisp low finish across goal gave them a 1-0 half-time lead.

Stuart Dallas headed in Saiz’s second-half cross to secure the Whites’ second league win from their first four games.Relive Saturday’s EFL actionSunderland, who had begun the day level on points with Leeds with five from a possible nine, lacked cutting edge in the final third.The hosts’ best chance came in the first half, as Lewis Grabban’s effort was headed off the line and up on to the crossbar by Liam Cooper.Leeds’ victory was their second from two away games this term and came after consecutive goalless draws at home.Christiansen’s side are one of only three teams in the Championship still yet to be defeated, after four games, together with early leaders Cardiff and Ipswich.Sunderland manager Simon Grayson told BBC Newcastle: “For 20 minutes we were dominant. We asked a lot of questions of them.”I don’t think (Liam) Cooper knew too much about it when it hit him on the head and hit the bar – 70 seconds later it’s in the back of our next. Those are the fine margins in a football match.”From then onwards, I don’t think you can fault the players’ effort or commitment, but it was just that final ball that really matters, when you’re trying to get back in to a game.”Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen told BBC Radio Leeds: “I don’t know if it’s the best performance (in my time here so far) but it comes in the best moment, especially when the team needed it.”We had the circumstances: Barcelona for me, personally, but also for the team, that Chris Wood will leave the team.”There is no one above Leeds. Everyone worked for the same goal. Today was proof again that we are not winning games because of the individual player, but as the team.”Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsSunderland1Steele2Jones18Browning23KonéBooked at 69mins15GallowayBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 55’minutes26Honeyman17NdongBooked at 82mins6CattermoleSubstituted forAsoroat 74’minutes19McGeady9VaughanSubstituted forKhazriat 55’minutes11GrabbanSubstitutes10Khazri16O’Shea21Matthews24Gibson25Ruiter27Gooch29AsoroLeeds13WiedwaldBooked at 68mins2Ayling18Jansson6Cooper8Anita23Phillips14O’Kane10Alioski21Sáiz AlonsoSubstituted forKlichat 81’minutes19HernándezSubstituted forRoofeat 25’minutes45EkubanSubstituted forDallasat 62’minutesSubstitutes1Green3Borthwick-Jackson7Roofe15Dallas25Vieira35Shaughnessy43KlichReferee:Andy DaviesAttendance:31,237Match StatsHome TeamSunderlandAway TeamLeedsPossessionHome55%Away45%ShotsHome12Away8Shots on TargetHome1Away5CornersHome7Away4FoulsHome13Away9Live TextPosted at Match ends, Sunderland 0, Leeds United 2.Full TimePosted at 90’+6′ Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Leeds United 2.Posted at 90’+6′ Foul by Joel Asoro (Sunderland).Posted at 90’+6′ Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90’+4′ Attempt missed. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Honeyman.Posted at 90’+3′ Offside, Sunderland. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.Posted at 90′ Attempt missed. Billy Jones (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.Posted at 88′ Attempt missed. Tyias Browning (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by George Honeyman.Posted at 87′ Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.Posted at 87′ George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 87′ Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).Posted at 84′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 82′ Delay in match Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) because of an injury.BookingPosted at 82′ Didier Ndong (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 81′ Foul by Didier Ndong (Sunderland).Posted at 81′ Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 81′ Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.SubstitutionPosted at 81′ Substitution, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich replaces Samuel Sáiz.Posted at 80′ Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 80′ Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).Posted at 79′ George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 79′ Foul by Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United).Posted at 77′ Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 77′ Foul by Lewis Grabban (Sunderland).Goal!Posted at 76′ Goal! Sunderland 0, Leeds United 2. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz with a cross following a fast break.Posted at 75′ Foul by Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United).Posted at 75′ Didier Ndong (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.SubstitutionPosted at 74′ Substitution, Sunderland. Joel Asoro replaces Lee Cattermole.Posted at 72′ Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.Posted at 71′ Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.Posted at 71′ Attempt blocked. Billy Jones (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.Posted at 70′ Foul by Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United).Posted at 70′ Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70′ Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.BookingPosted at 69′ Lamine Koné (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.Posted at 69′ Hand ball by Lamine Koné (Sunderland).BookingPosted at 68′ Felix Wiedwald (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 67′ Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.Posted at 67′ Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.Posted at 63′ Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Leeds