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Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United: Blues go top after comeback win in front of fans

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Patrick Bamford scores for Leeds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Patrick Bamford’s goal is the earliest Chelsea have conceded in the Premier League since May 2017

Chelsea went top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Leeds United in their first game in front of fans for nine months.

Former Blues striker Patrick Bamford, who spent five years at Chelsea without making a senior appearance, gave Leeds an early lead at Stamford Bridge after getting between defender Kurt Zouma and keeper Edouard Mendy.

Timo Werner then somehow managed to miss from point-blank range after Olivier Giroud’s flicked header from a corner, the Germany forward hitting the underside of the bar before Leeds cleared.

However, Giroud marked his first league start of the season with his fifth goal of the week, the scorer of all four of Chelsea’s Champions League goals away to Sevilla in midweek poking home from five yards after Reece James’ cross.

Chelsea, who welcomed 2,000 fans back to Stamford Bridge after coronavirus restrictions were eased, went ahead as Zouma headed in from Mason Mount’s corner before substitute Christian Pulisic, from Werner’s pass, added a late third.

Chelsea, who started the day third, are one point clear at the top.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  7. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  8. Squad number19Player nameMount

  9. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  10. Squad number18Player nameGiroud

  11. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  1. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  2. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  3. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  2. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  3. Squad number5Player nameKoch

  4. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  5. Squad number10Player nameAlioski

  6. Squad number18Player nameRaphinha

  7. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  8. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  9. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  10. Squad number43Player nameKlich

  11. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  1. Squad number7Player namePoveda-Ocampo

  2. Squad number14Player nameLlorente

  3. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 24James
  • 15Zouma
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 21Chilwell
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forKovacicat 67′minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 19Mount
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forPulisicat 30′minutes
  • 18GiroudSubstituted forAbrahamat 79′minutes
  • 11Werner

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5Jorginho
  • 9Abraham
  • 10Pulisic
  • 17Kovacic
  • 28Azpilicueta

Leeds

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 5KochSubstituted forLlorenteat 9′minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forRodrigoat 69′minutes
  • 18Dias BelloliBooked at 90mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 57′minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Llorente
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 21Struijk

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