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Gnonto Gets 9, Rodrigo With 8 | Leeds United Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Cardiff City

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Leeds United entertained Cardiff City at Elland Road earlier tonight as they looked to secure a win and progress into the next round of the FA Cup. The Whites made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the first minute when Wilfried Gnonto found the back of the net with an outstanding effort. Rodrigo doubled Leeds’ advantage in the 34th minute before Gnonto scored again just two minutes later which gave the home side a 3-0 lead at the half-time break.

Patrick Bamford netted a quick-fire brace in the second half before Cardiff scored two late goals courtesy of a brace from Callum Robinson. The contest ended with Jesse Marsch’s side earning an impressive 5-2 win at home.

Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player fared during the match against Cardiff City.

GK: Ilan Meslier – 6/10

The talented keeper made a couple of crucial saves at the back but ended up conceding two late goals.

RB: Rasmus Kristensen – 6/10

He was solid at the back for most of the game and was a positive influence in the opponent’s half.

CB: Diego Llorente – 6/10

Llorente didn’t do much wrong at the back but won’t be pleased after allowing two late goals.

CB: Maximilian Wöber – 6.5/10

He was a calm presence on the defensive end of the pitch and was replaced in the 57th minute.

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LB: Junior Firpo – 6/10

Firpo performed his defensive duties well for most of the contest but was lackluster in the opponent’s half.

CM: Marc Roca – 7/10

He anchored the midfield well and played some good passes going forward.

CM: Tyler Adams – 7/10

Adams gave a good account of himself at the centre of the park but struggled to make an impact in the final third. He could last only 46 minutes before being substituted.

RW: Sam Greenwood – 7.5/10

The English talent was a composed presence on the right flank and caused a few problems for the Cardiff City defenders.

CAM: Jack Harrison – 7/10

He passed the ball really well on the attacking end of the field but has got nothing to show for his efforts.

LW: Wilfried Gnonto – 9/10

Gnonto made an excellent start to the game by scoring a brilliant goal in the first minute. He doubled his tally in the 36th minute and deserved to be named the man of the match.

ST: Rodrigo – 8/10

He led his team well from the front and was an influential presence in the final third. Rodrigo got his name on the scoresheet in the 34th minute.


ST: Patrick Bamford – 8/10

He scored twice with two impressive finishes.

CM: Brenden Aaronson – 6.5/10

Aaronson caused a few problems for the Cardiff defenders.

ST: Joe Gelhardt – 6.5/10

He was a threat in front of the Cardiff goal.

CB: Luke Ayling – 5/10

Ayling looked shaky at the back.

LW: Luis Sinisterra – 6/10

He added some pace to Leeds’ attack.

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