Leeds United and Southampton were drawn 2-2 at St. Mary’s Stadium after Southampton battled back from a goal down.
The Whites had the upper hand early in the second half thanks to two goals from Rodrigo, but the Saints had the tenacity to fight back.
After coming off the bench, Joe Aribo scored the team’s opening goal, and then Kyle Walker-Peters equalized with a beautiful shot.
When neither team could come up with a winner, the three points were split between them.
SOUTHAMPTON (3-4-3): Gavin Bazunu; Armel Bella-Kotchap, Jan Bednarek, Mohamed Salisu; Kyle Walker-Peters, James Ward-Prowse, Romeo Lavia, Moussa Djenepo; Stuart Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Che Adams.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Alex McCarthy, Lyanco, Jack Stephens, Oriol Romeu, Joe Aribo, Adam Armstrong, Sekou Mara, Ibrahima Diallo, Yan Valery.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk; Marc Roca, Tyler Adams; Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo Moreno, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Kristoffer Klaesson, Daniel James, Luis Sinisterra, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Mateusz Klich.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! WHAT A START FOR LEEDS!!!!! RODRIGO SCORES!!! 1-0!!!! The White take the lead 30 seconds after the restart, courtesy of a neat finish by Rodrigo. After Southampton fails to clear a long ball into the box, Harrison collects the ball on the left flank. The winger works it back towards the near post, where Rodrigo sweeps a left-footed strike past Bazunu.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! RODRIGO HEADS HOME AT THE BACK POST!!!!! 2-0 LEEDS!!!!!!! The Whites double their advantage as the Spaniard notches his second of the game. Aaronson whips a corner into the box from the right flank Struijk rises to attack. His header loops towards the top-left corner as it soars over the hand of Bazunu. Like all good poachers, Rodrigo is there to ensure that it crosses the line with a deft header.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ARIBO GETS ONE BACK!!!!! 2-1!!!!!! The Saints are back in the game as Aribo forces a strike over the line. Armstrong bursts down the left flank into space before sending a cutback into the middle. It evades Mara and lands at the feet of Aribo. The forward has to keep his composure, and he does enough to round Meslier before firing past two defenders on the line. Game on.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! WALKER-PETERS LEVELS!!!!!!!! 2-2!!!!! The home side level the scores as Walker-Peters fires a low strike past Meslier. Mara makes a decisive impact on his debut as he turns away from his man before threading the needle to release his teammate in the inside-right channel. Walker-Peters takes an excellent first touch to escape Harrison before burying his effort.
So, what’s next?
Southampton is next in action on the road to Leicester next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Leeds faces Chelsea in their next outing at Elland Road on Sunday.
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