, Leeds United fans comment and react at result of Cagliari game

Leeds United fans comment and react at result of Cagliari game

Tonight, over in Sardinia, what is likely the massive bulk of Leeds United’s Sky Bet Championship XI, took on Serie A side Cagliari in United’s final friendly before the season starts against Bristol City.

Earlier in the day, their friendly ‘second-string’ outfit defeated Spanish LaLiga2 side Girona 3-2 at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus training facility.  Now it was all eyes turned to the Italian island to see just how the Whites top-drawer outfit would do against a classy Italian side once under the reins of former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.

It was always going to be a good test for the Whites, Leeds taking their squad out on Friday afternoon for tonight’s game before beating a hasty retreat back to the UK to continue preparations for the upcoming Bristol City season opener. The official team released by Leeds United showed how seriously they were taking this game.

First half: Cagliari 1 – 0 Leeds United

It was a nervy start from both sides, but it was the home side who controlled the bulk of the early play. They played Leeds at their own game, playing the ball from the back and pressing when not in possession.  The visitors struggled to see any of the early ball, but once on it did look composed.

They too passed the ball around, gaining confidence the more so that they did. Both sides had chances and half chances, but it was Cagliari who took the lead through Valter Birsa (14′) after a mix-up at the back for Leeds.

After that goal, things settled down and Leeds looked the more composed of the two sides. They continued their good build-up and chipped away at their Sardinian opponents at every opportunity. They did, however, look vulnerable against Cagliari’s counters at pace that drove at the Whites defensive back three. Despite the best efforts of both sides, there was no further score and the first-half ended wit hCagliari1-0 to the good.

Second-half: Cagliari 1 – 1 Leeds United

Cagliari made a number of changes at half-time but it was the Whites who started the brighter of the two sides. It wasn’t long before they were back on level terms. A ball cut back into the box was set up for Mateusz Klich who was bundled off the ball by a clumsy challenge that resulted in a penalty. Up stepped the seemingly evergreen Pablo Hernandez, who exquisitely stroked the ball past the Cagliari keeper.


Both sides continued to push forward in what was turning into an excellently contested friendly fixture by what looked like two very evenly matched sides. Leeds United continued to look more assured, yet fragile when the Sardinians broke at speed. United brought on youngsters Jack Clarke and Mateusz Bogusz part-way through the second-half, this youthful addition allowing them to continue to press.

A surging run by Patrick Bamford, and a cut-back ball teed up Hernandez whose shot sailed over. Leeds’ control of the possession began to frustrate their opponents, who resorted to a series of niggly fouls. However, it was Leeds who’d fall foul of the referee after a crunching hit by Kalvin Phillips in midfield led to a straight red card for the Leeds midfield general.

After that, it was your archetypical tug-o-war game as it wended its way to its end. All in all, it was a solid display by a Leeds United side against a more than useful opponent in Cagliari. Leeds stood up well to their Serie A opponents and their increasingly confident display would have given many doubting fans some encouragement.

Leeds United fans react to Cagliari draw



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