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Soccer-Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

LEEDS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.

After a 4-3 loss to champions Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, produced more vibrant attacking football along with defensive jitters.

Helda Costa gave them a flying start only for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty to level for Fulham before Mateusz Klich restored their lead also with a spot kick before halftime.

Patrick Bamford’s clinical finish in the 50th minute gave Leeds breathing space and Costa’s sumptuous second goal of the game six minutes later had Leeds running riot.

But Scott Parker’s Fulham, promoted via the playoffs, were far from finished as goals by substitute Bobby Decordova-Reid and Mitrovic in quick succession kept the result in the balance.

With the game being played at a punishing high tempo Leeds lived dangerously at times but hung on for their first top-flight victory since April 2004.

Like Leeds, Fulham’s style was easy on the eye but Parker’s side now have no points from two games, having conceded seven. (Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Ian Chadband)

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