Leeds end Villa’s winning start


Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford scored a second-half hat-trick as they brought Aston Villa’s 100% start to the season to an abrupt end with a 3-0 away victory in the Premier League on Friday, reports Reuters.

The win moves Leeds up to third on 10 points, albeit having played an extra game, two points behind Villa, while leaders Everton, who have 13 points, are at Southampton on Sunday.

An entertaining but goalless first half at Villa Park saw the home side’s England midfielder Jack Grealish go closest when his effort was cleared off the line by Luke Ayling.

Villa found themselves behind when a Rodrigo shot was pushed out by Emiliano Martinez and Bamford pounced to slot home the loose ball.

Bamford made it 2-0 with a fine shot from the edge of the area in the 67th minute after a strong burst from midfield by Mateusz Klich had put Villa’s defence on the back foot.

The Leeds striker then completed the hat-trick, his smart footwork creating just enough space for a precise, curling finish after 74 minutes for his first Premier League treble.