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Chelsea go top thanks to fightback

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Goals by Giroud, Zouma and Pulisic earn 3-1 win to earn west Londoners Premier League lead

Chelsea struck twice in the second half as they came from behind to beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 returning home fans.

Leeds took the lead in the fourth minute when Patrick Bamford rounded Edouard Mendy to score against his former side.

Timo Werner then missed a glorious chance to equalise, somehow firing over from point-blank range.

However, Olivier Giroud made it 1-1 on 27 minutes when he slid in at the near post to convert Reece James’s cross.

Chelsea pushed for a second goal and it came on 61 minutes, Kurt Zouma rising highest to head in a Mason Mount corner.

Christian Pulisic wrapped up the win from close range in stoppage time after being played in by Werner.

Frank Lampard’s side go top on 22 points after extending their unbeaten Premier League run to nine matches.

Leeds lie 13th with 14 points.

See: Chelsea report | Leeds report

Next fixtures

Chelsea: 12 Dec v Everton (A)
Leeds: 11 Dec v West Ham (H)

Match officials

Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Simon Beck, Scott Ledger. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. VAR: Michael Oliver. Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis.

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