Report: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Leeds United

Report: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Leeds United

Late Hernandez strike gives Leeds victory.


Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Yeboah 48)

Leeds United 1 (Bogusz 9, Hernandez 90+5)


Leeds: Casilla, Douglas, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas, Phillips, Bogusz (Oduor 82), Hernandez, Harrison, Roofe (Stevens 53), Bamford.  Subs not used: Miazek, Forshaw, Hosannah.

Booked: Bogusz

Referee: K. Ams


Venue: BankWest Stadium


A fine solo goal at the death from Pablo Hernandez saw Leeds United’s tour of Australia end with a win as the Whites defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 at BankWest Stadium.

Leeds had the first chance of the game inside eight minutes, Western Sydney Wanderers lost possession on the edge of their own box and Mateusz Bogusz played Pablo Hernandez in at goal, but he was denied by Daniel Lopar.

Hernandez struck over from long range, before the Whites took the lead.  Jack Harrison did really well down the left and pulled the ball back for Bogusz to superbly find the back of the net with a first time finish, finding the top corner and scoring the first ever goal at the new BankWest Stadium.

The home side nearly hit back four minutes later, Bruce Kamau broke into the Leeds box and played the ball across the face of goal, but Kwame Yeboah could only put the chance wide under pressure from Stuart Dallas.

Pirmin Schwegler then played Kamau in at goal and his effort had Kiko Casilla beaten, but Gaetano Berardi was on hand to sweep the ball from the goal line to prevent the Wanderers from equalising.

Leeds, in search of a second goal nearly found it in the 28th minute.  The ball bounced up kindly for Patrick Bamford, but Daniel Lopar made a really good stop to deny him and from the rebound Kemar Roofe teed up Bogusz, but he fired over.

Barry Douglas delivered a nice cross from the left which was headed off target by Bamford under pressure, before Dallas saw two strikes blocked as the Whites continued to apply the pressure.

Following a Leeds corner, the ball fell to Bogusz, but he saw his strike deflect wide, before Harrison struck over from the edge of the box.

Roofe then sent Harrison into the Western Sydney box from the left, but he could only fire wide with the outside of his boot when well placed.

Five minutes from the break, Leeds hit the post, Bogusz did brilliantly down the left and kept the ball in play, before finding Roofe in the box, but his effort cannoned back out into play.

Harrison teed up Bamford in the box, but he could only strike wide, before Hernandez was denied by Lopar, with Leeds holding just the single goal advantage at the break.

Half time: Western Sydney Wanderers 0-1 Leeds United

Western Sydney Wanderers levelled the scores three minutes into the second half, Keanu Baccus sent Yeboah in at goal and he lifted the ball over the out-coming Casilla, to find the net.

Leeds looked to hit back immediately, Hernandez danced through the Wanderers defence, leading to Bamford being denied from a narrow angle by a good save.

Hernandez then struck over after he picked up a Douglas cross, before Bamford was denied by a fine block.

In the 64th minute, Lopar made an unbelievable save to keep the scores level, somehow denying Bamford following a Harrison cross.

Substitute goalkeeper Nicholas Suman denied Dallas, before Baccus forced Casilla into action at the other end.

Douglas saw a free-kick go just wide from 30 yards and Bamford was again prevented from scoring, this time from the edge of the box, with a curling effort, which Suman turned around his post.

In the 90th minute, Hernandez hit a fine effort from 20 yards, only to see it bounce back off the crossbar, as the game looked set to be a draw.

However there was late drama, as Hernandez weaved his way through the Wanderers defence magically in the fifth minute of added time, before finding the bottom corner with a curling trademark effort, to give the Whites victory.

Full time: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Leeds United

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