USMNT’s Brenden Aaronson nets as Leeds stun Chelsea 3-0 in commanding win

USMNT’s Brenden Aaronson nets as Leeds stun Chelsea 3-0 in commanding win

Published August 21, 2022
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Leeds have picked up seven points from their opening three games and started well when Edouard Mendy made a mess of a routine clearance, allowing Aaronson to capitalise just after the half-hour mark. The U.S. forward took the ball from the Chelsea goalkeeper’s feet and dribbled into an empty net.

Chelsea were unfortunate to be one goal down after missing some early chances, but soon after the opener, they found themselves two goals behind as Rodrigo emphatically headed in Jack Harrison’s delicate free-kick to earn the Spaniard his fourth Premier League goal of the season.

Thomas Tuchel was on the touchline as his ban for last week’s confrontation with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was suspended. Marsch, who had said that Tuchel shouldn’t be allowed on the bench, told Sky Sports before the game: “I don’t think it’s right that he should be able to appeal [his red card], but whatever, he’s on the bench — let’s play the game.”

But the Chelsea manager’s involvement didn’t spur Chelsea to a comeback, as summer signing Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off five minutes from time and Tuchel’s side plummeted to their first defeat of the season.