As Patrick Bamford shot a fine hat-trick Leeds eventually ended Aston Villa’s 100 percent winning streak in the Premier League in an enthralling game at Villa Park.
In the first quarter, the 27-year-old missed two gold-edged chances, but placing Villa with a remarkable treble to the sword made amends with a red-hot second-half result.
Leeds belonged to the first 20 minutes, who was expected to be leading in the fifth minute, but Bamford led his head painfully wide from the cross of Ezgjan Alioski.
Aston Villa developed into the game, powered by Jack Grealish, and only a desperate goal-line clearance from Luke Ayling denied his third goal of the season to the England international to hold the scores even.
On the break, Marcelo Bielsa’s side was extremely dangerous and just before half time a quick counter-attack nearly has undone Villa as Bamford was found by Jack Harrison’s cross, who again could have done better with the finish as he stabbed off-target his shot.
But Bamford would have the final laugh, opening the scoring 10 minutes after the restart with a quick tap in after Rodrigo’s shot was spilled by Emiliano Martinez.
Leaving Martinez no hope-but he wasn’t done there, Bamford added his second 11 minutes later with the elegance of a strike.
In the wide regions, Leeds continuously outnumbered the hosts, and as the flawless record of Dean Smith had finished in style their talisman snatched his hat-trick with a lovely curled finish.
Victory pushes Bielsa’s men to third with 10 points in the league-above Liverpool’s reigning champions-but Villa stays second with 12.
Aston Villa – Leeds United 0-3
Goals: Bamford 55, 67, 74.
Yellow Cards: Mings 53, Grealish 69 – Struijk 10, Klich 90+1.