Match report: Leeds United 1 Burnley 1

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LEEDS UNITED began the new Championship season with a frantic 1-1 draw against Burnley at Elland Road on Saturday lunch-time - as Sam Vokes cancelled out Mirco Antenucci’s stunner inside a madcap last seven minutes.

Substitute Antenucci looked to have bagged United all three points with his 83rd-minute peach but former Whites loanee Vokes spoiled the Elland Road opening day party with his header three minutes later.

New head coach Uwe Rosler opted to give a home debut to new signing Stuart Dallas over Souleymane Doukara who he had contemplated starting but instead opted for Dallas as Sam Byram sat behind lone striker Chris Wood in a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 formation, depending on how United utilised it.

And Leeds began in bright fashion with a Tendayi Darikwa’s foul on Chris Wood getting the massive crowd going but the free-kick came to nothing.

Then, at the other end, Burnley went close when Lukas Jutkiewicz fired over with an overhead kick inside the area with the striker believing he was being held back by Charlie Taylor.

But on ten minutes the Elland Road faithful thought their side had taken the lead when new signing Dallas saw his effort tipped onto the crossbar by Tom Heaton.

Sam Byram’s fine cross had caused pandemonium in the box and Dallas looked to have picked up the pieces after Wood miss-timed his shot but Burnley were saved by their shotstopper amidst a frantic few seconds which ended with Sol Bamba clattering into Jutkiewicz.

Bamba, United’s captain, was booked under the nose of Clarets boss Sean Dyche but moments later Leeds went close again when Alex Mowatt’s cross found Dallas whose low effort was saved.

But Burnley continued to carry a threat and their fans were incensed when appeals for a handball from Giuseppe Bellusci in the area were waved away following a 17th-minute counter attack that was followed at the other end by a couple of Whites corners that ended with a long range effort from Bellusci being saved.

And Leeds continued to press with the quick, flowing and pressing football that Rosler promised with Sam Byram looking particularly impressive with Wood just seeming to need a little more support from midfield runners.

A game that always looked destined for goals so nearly got one after half an hour when a dangerous Burnley attack ended with a low shot from Michael Kightly that squirmed narrowly wide past Marco Silvestri’s left hand post.

Then, from a corner that followed, Silvestri’s unconvincing handling led to a scramble that resulted in Jelle Vossen firing just wide, a chance so close that the Burnley end thought they had taken the lead.

Leeds needed to regain their stranglehold on the game but instead Silvestri was forced into a fine low save from Jutkiewicz from range.

Leeds hit back as a Byram cross carved out a half-chance for Dallas whose control let him down for only a corner which ended with Bamba failing to cash in on a fine Mowatt cross.

From range, Gaetano Berardi then blazed over and the two sides then swapped only half-chances in the remaining minutes of a fast and furious first period.

After a half-time interval that involved Lucas The Kop Kat attempting to save penalties, Leeds caused early nerves in the second half when first Bellusci and then Bamba mis-controlled to allow Burnley to break but the Whites survived.

At the other end, Wood failed to control a raking Berardi pass that would have created a clear chance and Burnley then picked up their first booking as Scott Arfield scythed down Lewis Cook as Leeds broke from a corner.

And United then squandered their second clear-cut chance of the game as Mowatt was found in space in the area and fizzed a shot agonisingly wide of the right-hand post.

As Leeds continued to the up the ante, Tom Adeyemi fired just over from another promising move while Burnley replied with a shot on the turn from Jutkiewicz that Silvestri dived to smother.

But United then squandered their third glorious chance of the afternoon as Wood blazed over from the edge of the area after Byram’s knock-down.

With Leeds looking so threatening, Burnley boss Sean Dyche opted for a double substitution as Sam Vokes and Marvin Sordell replaced Jutkiewicz and Vossen.

Rosler, meanwhile, withdrew impressive new recruit Dallas for Antenucci who joined Wood upfront as Dallas left the field to a standing ovation.

Antenucci was then immediately involved as a jinking run ending with him firing over.

After a scrappy period of play, a Burnley free-kick then caused a mini panic in the Whites area with United eventually clearing before the visiting side’s Kightly was booked for pulling back Berardi.

But with time running out the threatening Antenucci blew the Elland Road roof off by curling home an absolute beauty with six minutes left.

The striker received the ball in acres of space on the right hand side of the area and didn’t need a second invitation to curl home a gem into the far left corner.

The home faithful went wild but just three minutes later there was a painful sting in the tail when a Burnley counter led to a Darikwa cross finding former Whites loanee Vokes who headed home to level.

Seeking to regain the advantage, Rosler used his last two substitutes as Souleymane Doukara and Scott Wootton replaced Mowatt and Cook with Burnley swapping Kightly for Matthew Taylor as the crowd were informed of five minutes injury time.

But there was to be no third twist in the tale as the two sides shared an opening day draw as part of a pulsating game of opening day football.

Leeds United: Silvestri; Berardi, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor; Adeyemi, Cook (Wootton 89), Mowatt (Doukara 89); Byram, Wood, Dallas (Antenucci 70). Subs not used: Turnbull, Cooper, Phillips, Erwin.

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly (Taylor 89); Jutkiewicz (Vokes 70), Vossen (Sordell 70). Subs not used: Gilks, Ward, Dummigan, Anderson.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 27, 672.

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