K Zohore (28, 59),J Hoilett (37)
L Cooper ( 45+3),K Roofe (67)
Cardiff vs Leeds
Sky Bet Ch'ship
7:45pm Tuesday 26th September
Cardiff City Stadium
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
HOW IT STANDS
CARDIFF 3-1 LEEDS
It's all over at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Cardiff go top of the Sky Bet Championship.
Overall, a dismal night for Leeds, who were 2-0 behind at half time thanks to goals from Kenneth Zohore and Junior Hoilett with Liam Cooper sent off deep in injury time.
Zohore netted his second early in the second half before Kemar Roofe netted the reply for Leeds but it was not enough to inspire a comeback.
90+3: A brief stoppage as a fan makes their way onto the field with Halford waiting to take a throw-in. It's not long before they are removed though and play continues.
CARDIFF 3-1 LEEDS
90+2: Another Cardiff change with Bamba being replaced by Greg Halford.
90: Four minutes added on.
88: A stinging effort from Demour as he goes for goal from the right-hand side but Wiedwald makes a strong save to keep him at bay.
85: A good bit of defending from Pennington as Bamba tries to play Ward in, but the Leeds man is there to clear the ball.
Feeney is then introduced, replacing Mendez-Laing.
82: Great defending from Jansson there who slides in front of a Ward shot to divert it away from goal before getting up and doing the same to an attempted Mendez-Laing shot which also wriggles wide.
80: Liam Feeney appears to be on the way for Cardiff as they look to see the game out with all three points and a spot at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
78: A brief break in play as Peltier goes down with some kind of hamstring issue, although he is soon back on his feet after a chat with the medic and should be OK to continue.
76: A first change for Cardiff as Danny Ward replaces Zohore.
74: A quieter spell for both sides as the game heads towards its conclusion, can Leeds muster another goal to make things interesting?...
WATCH: ROOFE REPLIES
70: Another change from Leeds as Klich is replaced by Ronaldo Vieira.
He is instantly involved with the defending, and almost concedes a penalty as the ball hits him on the arm in the box.
However, it was not intentional as he was turning away from the ball at the time, hitting his outstretched elbow and Kevin Friend correctly waves away the calls.
GOAL! CARDIFF 3-1 LEEDS (Roofe, 67)
A reply from Leeds! Although they cannot say it was entirely their own doing.
Ayling gets away down the right flank and pulls the ball back to Roofe who is waiting at the top of the box. He strikes but it takes a huge deflection off the foot of Morrison before heading into the back of the net.
CARDIFF 3-0 LEEDS
66: Free kick Leeds as Bamba and Dallas go up against each other in a tussle, with the latter coming off slightly worse. It's deep and Wiedwald takes.
WATCH: CARDIFF MAKE IT THREE
62: A second change for Leeds in the aftermath of the goal with Jay-Roy Grot replacing Alioski.
GOAL! CARDIFF 3-0 LEEDS (Zohore, 58)
Just as Leeds were looking to get back into it, and Cardiff tap in another!
It comes from some superb passing play between the players along the top of the box, with Hoilett picking out Morrison down the right of the box who's cross-come-shot just tickles the fingertips of Wiedwald.
But he cannot keep it out as Zohore lurks at the back post to poke home his second of the evening.
CARDIFF 2-0 LEEDS
57: Leeds are starting to find some attacking intent now as Ayling slides in Roofe down the right-hand side of the box and the striker tries to slot home at the near post, but Etheridge does well to make a low save.
CARDIFF 2-0 LEEDS
55: CLOSE! The first real chances for Leeds as Etheridge comes off his line to save a shot from Berardi who races into space in the box and tries his luck.
The visitors keep coming though and Dallas has a free header at the back post but he can only direct it past the post.
51: A good start to Cardiff here as Hoilett nicks the ball back from Ayling on the left flank, taking a moment to check with the referee for any fouls which takes the sting out of the passage of play.
His attempted cross is then well dealt with by the Leeds defence who manage to clear.
At the other end, Leeds attempt to break and almost make it, but Dallas' cross into the box is well collected by Etheridge.
49: A good touch from Ayling there as Zohore cuts a ball back into the middle of the box from deep on the left, but the Leeds defender's touch just takes it away from another blue shirt.
Leeds then have the free kick as Alioski is fouled just on the edge of the area.
46: Cardiff get the game back underway with a change for Leeds as Matthew Pennington replaces Hernandez.
WATCH: HOILETT DOUBLES LEAD
A great first half for Cardiff, with Kenneth Zohore netting his first goal in eight games before Junior Hoilett scored a superb second.
Leeds ended the half with ten men after a sending off for Liam Cooper for a second yellow card. To use a well-worn football cliche, they really have a mountain to climb in the second half.
CARIDFF 2-0 LEEDS
45+4: OFFSIDE! Almost a third for Cardiff who had the ball in the net from the free kick, but Morrison is flagged for offside.
45+3: RED CARD LEEDS! Captain Cooper is sent off after a crunching tackle on Mendez-Laing.
It's a silly, silly tackle with a booking already under his belt. His first was arguably a red card and there's no doubt that the second tackle should see him off down the tunnel.
45: Another decent break forward for Cardiff as Hoilett gets away down the left flank, but his cross is deflected away by Berardi before Mendez-Laing's effort is collected by Wiedwald.
Four minutes added on.
44: Phillips hasn't had the best evening so far but he does well to latch onto the end of a loose pass, going forward but he just takes too long over his decision to shoot as finds himself dispossessed.
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41: SHOT! Almost three for Cardiff as Zohore gets away down the left of the box and fires an effort toward goal, but it can only shake the side of the net.
40: Should that have been a red? Cooper flies in on a tackle on Menez-Laing - his studs are up - and there are shouts of 'off, off' around the Cardiff City Stadium.
However, Kevin Friend just calms the situation before showing the Leeds man a yellow card.
GOAL! CARDIFF 2-0 LEEDS (Hoilett, 37)
Superb! Another great goal from Cardiff and they double their lead just before the break.
Etheridge pumps a goal kick up the field, which is headed into the path of Hoilett by Phillips who is trying to clear. The Cardiff man controls, turns and strides before putting his laces through the ball from just outside the box and fires home.
Questionable if Wiedwald should have got there to keep it out but he didn't, and the ball is in the net.
CARDIFF 1-0 LEEDS
36: Free kick in a dangerous spot for Leeds, just off centre of goal around 20 yards out, as Damour is penalised for a foul.
Hernandez delivers and he appears to be searching for someone at the back post but it flies over everyone's head and goes wide.
WATCH: ZOHORE OPENER
34: WIDE! Not a great effort from Alioski - although it was a superb cross-field lay-off from Dallas - as he looks to cut across the top of the box and fire.
However, Ecuele Manga has done his homework as has the Leeds man figured out as he goes in for the tackle just as Alioski strikes with the ball bobbling well wide of Etheridge's goal.
32: A couple of niggly tackles going in after the restart, but nothing that results in any real chances.
Ayling tries to flash a ball across the top of the box, but Bamba reads it well and clears the danger.
GOAL! CARDIFF 1-0 LEEDS (Zohore, 28)
Oh dear oh dear, Klich look away now!! Leeds - again - have the ball stolen from their path by Cardiff, this time on the left flank as Phillips slips and allows Damour to get onto the ball and burst forward.
He finds Hoilett at the top of the box who shows off some superb skill - poking the ball through the legs of Jansson - before squaring to a waiting Zohore in the middle of the area who expertly slots home.
A lovely goal from Cardiff and they lead here.
CARDIFF 0-0 LEEDS
27: Leeds put in some more good defending to keep the free kick from going near the net, but Leeds are dispossessed again as Klich and Hernandez try to knock the ball between themselves.
Damour and Bryson read it well though and nick the ball out of the path of Hernandez but cannot make too much work in terms of a break.
CARDIFF 0-0 LEEDS
25: A superb break from Cardiff as Alioski is dispossessed by Bennett. He finds Hoilett on the left flank but as the Cardiff man goes to collect, he is wiped out by Kalvin Phillips, who gets the first yellow card of the game.
Before Cardiff take the free kick, Alioski is remonstrating with the referee along with captain Cooper as to the dispossession, but replays show it wasn't a foul. Good refereeing from Kevin Friend there.
22: Leeds are seeing the better of the possession at the moment - 57% in fact - but neither side have really tested either goalkeeper just yet.
19: First glimpses of goal for Cardiff as Bennett sees his first effort blocked before volleying a second over the crossbar.
It gives the hosts some corners though, with Hoilett delivering and finding Sol Bamba at the back post. His header is nearly squeezed home by Bruno Ecuele Manga but it goes just wide.
Another corner comes in from Hoilett but it is better defended by Leeds this time as they clear the danger.
17: Superb steal there from Hoilett as he muscles Luke Ayling off the ball to burst forward but Leeds look resolute in defence and don't let the Cardiff man near the box.
Jansson is then called into action as he tracks Craig Bryson down the left flank before hacking the ball away for a Cardiff throw-in.
15: Dallas is back on the field and looks to be OK to continue.
Leeds instantly wins the free kick as Hoilett is penalised for a foul against Liam Cooper.
14: Another Leeds player is down, this time it's Dallas as he slides in to keep possession of the ball up against Lee Peltier and the tangle sees his foot caught under the Cardiff man.
The medical team are on and a few players in the wars here for the visitors early on.
13: A few shouts of handball from the home fans as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing attempts to cross into the box and it appears to hit the arm of Gaetano Berardi, but nothing is given. They were half-hearted calls at best.
11: Free kick to Leeds as Joe Bennett clatters into the back of Alioski. It's a decent passage of play from the visitors too as the ball is worked to Stuart Dallas down he left flank before trying to curl an effort into the net but it just skips past the upright.
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