The away side take all three points.
Leeds United 0
Aston Villa 3 (Coutinho 22’, Cash 66’, Chambers 73’)
Leeds: Meslier (GK), Ayling (C), Firpo, Forshaw (Klich 66’), Koch, Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo (Gelhardt 45’), James, Struijk, Harrison (Bamford 59’). Subs not used: Klaesson (GK), Llorente, Cresswell, Summerville, Greenwood, Shackleton.
Villa: Martinez (GK), Cash, Mings (C), Luiz (Young 86’), McGinn, Watkins, Chambers, Ings (Sanson 72’), Coutinho (Buendia 76’), Digne, Ramsey. Subs not used: Olsen (GK), Konsa, Traore, Bailey, Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam.
Venue: Elland Road
Referee: Simon Hooper
Booked: Watkins, Luiz (Villa) Koch, Gelhardt, Firpo, Raphinha (Leeds)
Leeds United were beaten by Aston Villa at Elland Road after goals from Philippe Coutinho, Matty Cash and Calum Chambers secured the three points for the away side.
The beginning of the encounter began with both teams coming together in the centre circle and showing their togetherness with the people, and country, of Ukraine.
When the game got underway, the opening 10 minutes or so saw very few chances come at either end, with both teams just looking to settle under the lights of Elland Road and work one another out.
The attacks were coming and progress was made up the pitch, but no major chances arrived, with set-plays also failing to open either team up too.
In the 22nd minute however, Philippe Coutinho did open the scoring. After Matty Cash pulled the ball back to edge of the box, the Brazilian’s shot lacked power, but went into the back of the net via a deflection off the unfortunate Pascal Struijk.
Illan Meslier was then called into action shortly after as Douglas Luiz took a longe range effort, with the ‘keeper making an even better save later in the half to deny John McGinn’s goalbound shot.
Leeds had struggled in the first 45 minutes to gain any real chances on goal and went into the break behind against the visitors after Coutinho’s opener midway through the half.
HALF TIME: Leeds United 0-1 Aston Villa
Going to his bench at the interval, Jesse Marsch opted to replace Rodrigo with Joe Gelhardt for the second half. Villa decided to keep the same XI which started the match.
Emiliano Martinez was nearly called into action inside the opening minute after a dangerous ball into the area. He did make a stop a few minutes later, as substitute Gelhardt tried his luck from range and saw his effort saved.
Just before the hour mark, Marsch went to his bench again and that signalled a much-anticipated return to action for Patrick Bamford. The Whites’ number nine was giving a huge reception as he made his way on in place of Jack Harrison.
It would be Villa who got the next goal in the game though. Danny Ings was out on the wing and collected the ball, looked up and drilled a cross to the back post where Matty Cash had acres of space. The full-back controlled, cut inside and smashed home on his left-foot to double the lead.
Two became three in the 73rd minute. Another of the visiting defenders found the back of the net to further the advantage. Up from centre-back, Calum Chambers struck first time to curl an effort into the top corner.
The final minutes saw Aston Villa control the majority of the possession, as they ran out comfortable winners on the night.
Next up for Leeds is a home match against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon at Elland Road, whilst Aston Villa will travel away to West Ham United on the same day.
FULL TIME: Leeds United 0-3 Aston Villa