Date: 27th September 2017 at 7:11am
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Leeds United went down to a 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City on a bad night for the whites in the principality.

Leeds lost the top spot in the Championship to Cardiff and they were also forced to play the whole of the second half with ten-men after Liam Cooper was sent off in first half injury time.

Kemar Roofe scored for Leeds but it was to prove just a consolation goal after Cardiff raced into a three-goal lead.

After a quiet opening quarter, the game sprang into life just short of the half hour when Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich slipped, allowing Cardiff to hit Leeds on the break and Kenneth Zohore was on hand to fire home from close-range after being picked out by the dangerous Junior Hoilett.

Cardiff doubled the lead before the break when Hoilett fired home from the edge of the area.

A poor first half was compounded in stoppage-time when Cooper received his second yellow card of the evening for a foul on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Leeds produced a much-improved performance in the second half. Gaetano Berardi, Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas all went close to pulling a goal back for Leeds.

Cardiff increased their lead just before the hour when a swift move eventually found Zohore close to goal and he had the easy task of firing home.

Leeds continued to battle and Roofe scored to pull a goal back halfway through the second half, his deflected shot going in off the post.

Despite the goal, Leeds couldn`t find another goal to set up a grandstand finish on a night that they will want to quickly erase from their memory.

Cardiff City
Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Ecule Manga, Morrison, Bryson, Bamba (Halford 90), Mendez-Laing (Feeney 85), Damour, Zohore (Ward 76), Hoilett

Subs not used
Tomlin, Connolly, Murphy, Bogle.

Leeds
Wiedwald, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Berardi, Phillips, Klich (Vieira 67), Hernandez (Pennington 45), Dallas, Roofe, Alioski (Grot 62)

Subs not used
Lonergan, Lasogga, Saiz, Sacko


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