Match report: SK Brann v Leeds United

Luciano Becchio extended his promising goalscoring form as strikes in either half helped Leeds United claim victory over SK Brann.

The Argentinian's 18th-minute header was the catalyst for a 3-1 win in Bergen, United's third pre-season success in their penultimate friendly, and another finish after the break extended his personal tally to four goals in two games.

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Leeds looked a class apart from their Norwegian hosts, who provided combative opposition but could not match or contain United's attacking threat.

Brann contested their 18th league fixture on Sunday but were nonetheless insistent on staging last night's friendly.

Lyn Oslo, United's original Norwegian opponents, pulled out of a scheduled game in the capital after drifting towards bankruptcy last

month.

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Simon Grayson appreciated Brann's accommodating attitude and also appreciated the opportunity to give Richard Naylor, the victim of a hamstring strain, his first senior pre-season outing. United's captain completed 60 minutes of a one-sided match.

Brann's squad included one former Leeds player in Gylfi Einarsson but was missing the more familiar face of Eirik Bakke. The home side were fortunate not to be two goals down inside eight minutes as Becchio and

Robert Snodgrass failed to convert close-range chances.

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The opportunities were indicative of United's dominance and Grayson's team claimed the opening goal when Becchio rose to head home Snodgrass' curling cross.

Snodgrass' evening was to end in worrying fashion moments later after a bad foul by David Nielsen saw him stretchered from the field, but United moved further ahead in the 26th minute when Lloyd Sam converted Neil Kilkenny's delivery at the back post.

Kilkenny and Johnson both hit the frame of Brann's goal before the break but Leeds' advantage was cut against the run of play in injury-time when Cato Hansen drifted in behind Grayson's defence and tucked away a neat finish.

Becchio, however, restored United's two-goal lead with a deflected shot on 57 minutes and Brann were unable to mount another fightback.

Leeds United: Schmeichel (Higgs 46), Hughes (Connolly 60), Collins (Lees 77), Naylor (Bromby 60), Bessone, Snodgrass (Gradel 26), Howson, Kilkenny, Johnson (Grella 70), Sam (White 60), Becchio (Somma 60).