Leeds vs Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku on target again as Blues leave 10-man Leeds in relegation trouble

Leeds vs Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku on target again as Blues leave 10-man Leeds in relegation trouble

Chelsea pushed 10-man Leeds further into the relegation mire as goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku secured a 3-0 win for Thomas Tuchel's men at Elland Road.

Leeds needed to avoid defeat in order to move out of the drop zone but, as in their 2-1 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday, they endured a nightmare start to the game and could not recover. Mount curled home a superb opener after only four minutes and Leeds then had Daniel James sent off midway through the first half for a reckless tackle on Mateo Kovacic, who was unable to continue. It was deja-vu for Jesse Marsch's side, who lost Luke Ayling to a red card in similar circumstances having fallen behind at the Emirates Stadium, and their misery was compounded by precise finishes from Pulisic and Lukaku after the break as Chelsea strengthened their grip on third place and warmed up for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool in style. Leeds, meanwhile, also lost Jack Harrison to injury and must now prepare for their remaining Premier League games, against Brighton and Brentford, without the suspended James as well as Ayling.

How Blues punished 10-man Leeds

Elland Road was a cauldron of noise as the players emerged from the tunnel ahead of kick-off but the home supporters were swiftly silenced when Mount beat Illan Meslier with a brilliant, first-time finish following a slick Chelsea move. It was a familiar feeling for Leeds following Eddie Nketiah's instant opener at the Emirates on Sunday and their evening went from bad to worse when James lunged in on Kovacic in midfield, prompting referee Anthony Taylor to immediately brandish the red card. Leeds protested the decision, arguing James had won the ball, but the winger's challenge was dangerous, his studs landing on Kovacic's ankle, and VAR rightly upheld the decision. Chelsea had opportunities to extend their lead either side of the red card, with Diego Llorente clearing a Mount effort off the line and Lukaku heading narrowly wide from a James cross. But they had to wait until the second period to make the game safe. Lukaku, reinvigorated after his double in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Wolves at the weekend, headed over shortly after half-time but the second goal arrived soon afterwards. The outstanding Mount was involved again, finding Pulisic with a deft flick, and the USA international then dispatched a low finish into the bottom corner, leaving Meslier with no chance. Lukaku continued to threaten as Chelsea dominated the remainder of the game and, following a string of chances, including one low effort which bounced inches wide, he finally found the net with a high finish after delaying his shot from Hakim Ziyech's pass. Leeds, hamstrung by an early red card for a second consecutive game, mustered little in response, the defeat, their third in a row, leaving them in a perilous position heading into their final two games. For Chelsea, the picture looks more positive ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final as they opened up a four-point gap on fourth-placed Arsenal and went eight clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, all but confirming their Champions League place.

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What's next?

Leeds are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Brighton to Elland Road.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will seek to claim silverware when they take on Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday before resuming their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on Thursday May 18.

Leeds' remaining fixtures

May 15 - Brighton (h) Premier League
May 22 - Brentford (a) Premier League

Chelsea's remaining fixtures

May 14 - Liverpool (Wembley) FA Cup final
May 19 - Leicester (h) Premier League
May 22 - Watford (h) Premier League

Standings

Pos Team Pl SD Pts W D L SF SA
1. Manchester City 38 +73 93 29 6 3 99 26
2. Liverpool FC 38 +68 92 28 8 2 94 26
3. Chelsea FC 38 +43 74 21 11 6 76 33
4. Tottenham Hotspur 38 +29 71 22 5 11 69 40
5. Arsenal FC 38 +13 69 22 3 13 61 48
6. Manchester United 38 0 58 16 10 12 57 57
7. West Ham United 38 +9 56 16 8 14 60 51
8. Leicester City 38 +3 52 14 10 14 62 59
9. Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51 12 15 11 42 44
10. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 -5 51 15 6 17 38 43
11. Newcastle United FC 38 -18 49 13 10 15 44 62
12. Crystal Palace 38 +4 48 11 15 12 50 46
13. Brentford FC 38 -8 46 13 7 18 48 56
14. Aston Villa 38 -2 45 13 6 19 52 54
15. Southampton FC 38 -24 40 9 13 16 43 67
16. Everton FC 38 -23 39 11 6 21 43 66
17. Leeds United 38 -36 38 9 11 18 44 80
18. Burnley 38 -19 35 7 14 17 34 53
19. Watford Fc 38 -44 23 6 5 27 35 79
20. Norwich City FC 38 -61 22 5 7 26 23 84

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