DAD-TO-BE Pierre Michel-Lasogga bagged a brace as part of a dream debut for Leeds United who battered Championship visitors Burton Albion 5-0 at Elland Road.
After Lasogga’s deadly finish from Eunan O’Kane’s through ball, a gem of a strike from Kalvin Phillips and a Pablo Hernandez penalty went on to put United 3-0 up at the break.
Kemar Roofe then fired home a delicious fourth goal from 20 yards out nine minutes after the break before crossing for Lasogga to head home his second.
The rampant win sent Leeds second in the table and just two points behind leaders Cardiff City.
Burton twice had a narrow escape in the 12th minute. First Lasogga squared the ball to Roofe whose low shot was hacked off the line and while Samuel Saiz collected the rebound, the Spaniard’s follow-up shot was just about smothered by Stephen Bywater.
Then, two minutes later, the lively Vurnon Anita’s header found Lasogga whose goalbound effort was crucially blocked by Ben Turner.
But there was no denying the big German six minutes later as the striker received a fantastic through ball from O’Kane before unleashing a fierce finish past Bywater into the back of the net.
Leeds continued to turn the screw and Pontus Jansson saw a looping header saved from a 30th-minute corner.
But a second United goal looked inevitable and it arrived in the 35th minute when a shot from Roofe was deflected into the path of Phillips who applied a delicious curling finish into the bottom left corner.
Lasogga was then denied a brilliant second in the 42nd minute when his piledriver hit the post and the German’s follow-up attempt was deflected over from a corner.
And it was from that corner that Leeds were awarded a penalty for shirt-pulling and Hernandez stepped up to coolly send Bywater the wrong way.
Leeds were straight back on the attack after the interval and half-time substitute Stuart Dallas - who was playing at left back - smashed a volley just wide.
Saiz then released Lasogga one on one but Bywater produced a fantastic save to tip his effort over the bar.
Jansson’s diving header from the corner went just wide but Burton had no chance when Roofe let fly from 20 yards out shortly after with the winger producing a rasping finish into the bottom right corner.
Roofe then turned provider five minutes later in crossing for Lasogga who bagged his second of the game with a fine looping header.
The German was then taken off for Jay-Roy Grot three minutes later and left the field to a huge standing ovation.
Grot should have added a sixth in the 72nd minute but the striker saw his shot blocked by Turner.
Dallas also saw a cross-cum-shot tipped just over five minutes from time but the damage - and plenty of it - had long been done.
Leeds United: Wiedwald, Anita (Dallas 46), Cooper, Jansson, Ayling, Phillips, O’Kane (Klich 56), Hernandez, Saiz, Roofe, Lasogga (Grot 62). Subs not used: Lonergan, Shaughnessy, Alioski, Cibicki.
Burton Albion: Bywater, Brayford, Buxton, Turner, Warnock, McFadzean (Dyer 39), Lund, Allen, Mason (Palmer 66), Scannell (Sordell 60), Akins. Subs not used: Ripley, Flanagan, Naylor, Varney.
Referee: Oliver Langford.
Attendance: 33,404 (372 away).
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Good Day: Pierre-Michel Lasogga. A maligned figure in the Bundesliga but what a debut from Leeds’ new No 9. Took his first goal as if he’d been on a roll and could have finished with five. Two will do him nicely, and he won’t regret his decision to risk missing the birth of his baby.
Bad Day: Nigel Clough. Well, Burton in general. They’re susceptible to bad results away from home but this was appalling: a horrible defeat brought on by United’s 30 shots on goal. Burton produced one, in the 75th minute and with Clough’s side already 5-0 down. There is plenty of experience in Albion’s line-up but they were murdered by the thing they don’t have - flair.
Key Moment: The opening goal. It broke the dam and Burton, who were already starting to sink, drowned in an onset of scintillating attacking play. Leeds will host better teams than Clough’s but not many in the Championship could live with a performance like this.