Leeds United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Impressive Whites sink Champions League-chasing big guns
LEEDS United bounced back from defeat at Brighton in style as goals from Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo sealed a 3-1 victory against Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road.
Dallas fired Leeds into a 13th-minute lead but Heung-Min Son levelled against the run of play 12 minutes later.
But the Whites went back ahead when Bamford finished off a fine move three minutes before the break and Rodrigo put the gloss on a fine Whites display when smashing home the third goal with six minutes left.
The victory sent Leeds back up to ninth and on to 50 points with three games left.
United went close in the eighth minute when Jack Harrison played in Bamford who fired in a firm low shot on the turn that was parried away by Hugo Lloris for a corner.
From a second corner, Pascal Struijk then sent a firm volley over the crossbar after Harrison's knockdown but Leeds took a 14th-minute lead when Dallas smashed a finish into the roof of the net from close range.
Harrison's wicked cross caused trouble in the Spurs box and Sergio Reguilon's attempted clearance was kept out by a diving Lloris but the ball only fell to Dallas who rifled home.
Back came Spurs and Illan Meslier produced a decent save to keep out a flicked Gareth Bale header from a corner.
Leeds were on top but Spurs drew level in the 24th minute when Delle Ali played a fine through ball for Son Heung-Min who coolly fired past Meslier.
Harrison almost put Leeds back in front three minutes later but his rising effort was tipped over by Lloris.
Harry Kane then finished off a slick Spurs move with a deft finish but was fractionally offside.
But Leeds went back in front three minutes before the break when Harrison played in Alioski whose precise cutback picked out Bamford who converted from close range.
Kane had the ball in the net once more four minutes into the second half but this time the England captain was clearly offside.
Kane and United's Tyler Roberts then both dragged shots well wide before Son smashed a fierce effort into the side netting.
Another Son effort was deflected over by Pascal Struijk but only a tremendous save from Lloris prevented Mateusz Klich's rising shot from making it 3-1.
At the other end, a brilliant save from Meslier kept out a deflected drive from Aurier which was tipped over.
Moments later, a Kane free-kick clipped the crossbar but another lovely Leeds move then ended with Harrison firing over.
Meslier then produced another big save to keep out a low drive from Erik Lamela with his legs but Klich sent a curler just over the bar with eight minutes left.
But Leeds would not be denied a third goal which arrived in the 84th minute as substitute Rodrigo slammed home a fierce finish from a Raphinha cross after another lovely move started by Gjanni Alioski.
Even then, Leeds pressed on looking for a fourth and only a smart save from Lloris denied Dallas a second in stoppage time.
Leeds United: Meslier, Alioski, Struijk, Llorente, Ayling, Koch, Dallas, Klich (Phillips 89), Roberts (Raphinha 58), Harrison, Bamford (Rodrigo 79). Subs not used: Casilla, Davis, Berardi, Shackleton, Hernandez, Poveda.
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Ndombele 80), Bale (Moura 67), Alli (Lamela 67), Son, Kane. Subs not used: Hart, Sanchez, Doherty, Winks, Sissoko, Bergwijn.
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Thank you Laura Collins