2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga (20', 59')
  • Kalvin Phillips (35')
  • Pablo Hern├índez (44' PEN)
  • Kemar Roofe (54')

Pierre-Michel Lasogga marks Leeds debut with brace against Burton

Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored a debut double as Leeds underlined their promotion credentials with a thumping 5-0 victory over Burton.
The Brewers dealt a huge blow to Leeds' Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes in April but they could not lay a glove on Thomas Christiansen's side at Elland Road on Saturday.
Lasogga, a deadline-day loan signing from Hamburg, set Leeds on their way and the hosts were out of sight courtesy of a Kalvin Phillips effort and Pablo Hernandez's penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Kemar Roofe got in on the act just after the restart and the excellent Lasogga nodded home his second as Leeds continued their unbeaten start to the season in emphatic fashion.
United looked in the mood from the off and had a flurry of early chances - Roofe seeing a shot cleared off the line and Samuel Saiz denied by Stephen Bywater following up before Lasogga had a goal-bound volley blocked.
The breakthrough came on 20 minutes when Eunan O'Kane found Lasogga just outside the area with a perfectly weighted ball which the German striker took in his stride before firing a left-footed drive into the bottom corner.
Burton were struggling to cope with Leeds' movement and fluidity and they were left with a mountain to climb after Phillips curled home a left-footed shot from 12 yards in the 35th minute.
Kyle McFadzean was booked for pulling back Saiz in the build-up to the goal and he was quickly hauled off by Burton manager Nigel Clough, expressing his displeasure as he made his way to the dugout.
Lasogga thumped a strike against a post as Leeds poured forward in search of a killer third goal, which arrived from the penalty spot through Hernandez after Luke Ayling had his shirt pulled from a corner.
Leeds were forced into a half-time change as Stuart Dallas replaced the injured Vurnon Anita at left-back, and the Northern Ireland international introduced himself with a firm volley straight at Bywater.
The Burton goalkeeper had to be at his best to deny Lasogga after he was played in by Saiz and, from the resultant corner, Pontus Jansson headed just wide.
A fourth goal seemed inevitable and Roofe grabbed it on 54 minutes after accepting Burton's invitation to stride towards the edge of their box before picking his spot from 20 yards.
Roofe then turned provider just before the hour mark, springing the offside trap and lifting a ball from the byline straight onto the head of Lasogga, who made no mistake from close range.
That was Lasogga's last contribution as he left the field to a standing ovation and Leeds cruised through the final half-hour with Tuesday's home clash with Birmingham in mind.

English League Championship Standings

1 Sheffield United 17 +12 36
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 +14 35
3 Cardiff City 16 +9 31
4 Bristol City 16 +10 30
5 Middlesbrough 16 +8 26
6 Aston Villa 16 +7 26
7 Derby County 15 +4 25
8 Ipswich Town 15 +4 24
9 Nottingham Forest 16 -1 24
10 Leeds United 16 +5 23
11 Sheffield Wednesday 16 +2 23
12 Brentford 16 +4 22
13 Preston North End 17 0 22
14 Norwich City 16 -5 22
15 Queens Park Rangers 16 -3 21
16 Barnsley 15 +1 19
17 Fulham 16 -1 19
18 Reading 15 -1 18
19 Millwall 16 0 17
20 Hull City 16 -2 16
21 Burton Albion 17 -23 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 17 -16 12
23 Birmingham City 16 -17 12
24 Sunderland 16 -11 10

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