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Leeds win 2-1 against Wolves after coming from behind

Leeds beat Wolves 2-1 at Elland Road in their first Premier League game of the season, thanks to Rayan Ait-second-half Nouri’s own goal.

After Rodrigo had cancelled out Daniel Podence’s early effort before half-time, Ait-Nouri diverted Patrick Bamford’s low cross into his own net to complete Leeds’ comeback.

Wolves had been the better team for the majority of the second half until Ait-Nouri turned the ball past his goalkeeper Jose Sa.

As the French left-back attempted to clear Bamford’s pin-point ball across the face of goal, he was put under intense pressure by Leeds summer signing Brenden Aaronson, who was initially credited with the winner on his debut.

Podence had already fired an early shot wide for Wolves when he put them ahead in the sixth minute.

Rasmus Kristensen, one of four summer signings making his debut for Leeds, came off second best in a chase for a long ball over the top with Pedro Neto, and Wolves took full advantage.

Hwang Hee-cushioned Chan’s header met Neto’s cross to the far post, and Podence’s volley span off the turf and in off the underside of the crossbar.

The home crowd at Elland Road demanded a response, and USA midfielder Aaronson came close to equalizing in his first Premier League appearance when his neat turn and shot was deflected for a corner.

With the goal in sight, Hwang served notice of his forward threat with a neat flick over Diego Llorente, but he shot straight at Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, and Leeds equalized soon after.

When the ball broke to Rodrigo on the right edge of the box, the Spain forward drilled a low angled shot inside goalkeeper Sa’s near post, catching Wolves defender Ait-Nouri dithering in his penalty area.

Aarenson celebrating second goal

Meslier saved a close-range effort from Leander Dendoncker in first-half stoppage time after another deft Hwang assist.

Wolves took control at the start of the second half, and Meslier once again came to Leeds’ rescue, tipping Dendoncker’s header from a corner over the crossbar.

Leeds struggled to keep possession, and as Wolves probed for a comeback, Kristensen’s last-ditch tackle denied Ait-Nouri a clear run on goal.

Jesse Marsch brought on Mateusz Klich and later Sam Greenwood for Rodrigo and debutant Marc Roca, respectively, and the substitutions energized his side.

Jesse Marsch

They put together their first fluid attack after the break and took the lead in the 74th minute when Ait-Nouri turned Bamford’s pinpoint low cross from five yards into his own net to make it 2-1.

Bamford, who was captain for the day in place of the injured Liam Cooper, then saw his header from Jack Harrison’s cross brilliantly saved by Sa as Leeds swept forward again.

In the closing stages, Aaronson and Bamford were replaced by substitutes Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt, and Leeds held on to take all three points in their season opener.

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