Leeds United continued a strong finish to their first season back in the Premier League with an impressive victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Mateusz Klich curled in from the edge of the penalty area shortly before half-time and Jack Harrison’s flicked finish from Ezgjan Alioski’s strike after 60 minutes all but sealed the three points.
Substitute Rodrigo scored twice in three second-half minutes to complete a fine away win, producing a delightful chip over Bailey Peacock-Farrell for his first before rounding the Clarets keeper for Leeds’ fourth.
With their Premier League safety confirmed by victory over Fulham on Monday, Burnley made a confident start, but Leeds’ Patrick Bamford went closest in the opening 10 minutes as he forced Peacock-Farrell – in for the absent Nick Pope – into action.
Charlie Taylor produced an excellent sliding block to deny Raphinha as the visitors gained a foothold, and the Brazilian forward was unable to execute an instinctive over-head attempt before Klich’s opener.
Matej Vydra was thwarted by the outstretched leg of Illan Meslier as Burnley pushed for an equaliser, before a dominant end to the contest ensured Marcelo Bielsa’s side remain on course for a top-half finish.
Relentless Leeds just keep going
Leeds are ending their first Premier League campaign in 16 years in great form, having lost only once in their past nine games.
While they began under pressure on Saturday, Bielsa’s side showed their class in a dominant second-half display, after Klich had ended Burnley’s resistance before the interval with an unopposed run and fine finish into the bottom corner.
With England midfielder Kalvin Phillips back to handle the physical test posed by the hosts and the flare of Raphinha reinstated in attack, Leeds were able to cut loose in the closing stages despite a quiet afternoon for top scorer Bamford.
Rodrigo replaced Bamford – who was unable to further his case for an England call-up – before the hour mark and it proved an inspired move as the tiring Clarets were unable to live with the sharp movements of the £26m summer signing from Valencia.
Harrison, 24, was arguably the standout performer, however, as he claimed a goal as well as two assists for Rodrigo – leaving only Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes with more goal involvements from midfield in the Premier League this season.
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Match ends, Burnley 0, Leeds United 4.
Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Leeds United 4.
Offside, Burnley. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrigo.
Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.
Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.
Offside, Leeds United. Illan Meslier tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.
Illan Meslier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.
Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Mee following a corner.
Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jóhann Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ezgjan Alioski.
Substitution, Leeds United. Ian Poveda-Ocampo replaces Raphinha.
Raphinha (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).
Goal! Burnley 0, Leeds United 4. Rodrigo (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a through ball.
Goal! Burnley 0, Leeds United 3. Rodrigo (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Harrison.