EPL: El Ghazi strikes early as Aston Villa win at Leeds

Aston Villa edged a 1-0 win away to Leeds on Saturday evening to bring themselves only six points off the top four in the Premier League.

The absences of their talismanic club captain Jack Grealish and starting right-back Matty Cash were dispelled when Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game.

Elland Road’s much-maligned playing surface proved to be a blessing in disguise as Ollie Watkins slipped over while shooting to inadvertently put El Ghazi through on goal for a cool finish past Ilan Meslier.

The Dutch winger barely even celebrated the goal but instead sheepishly glanced over at the linesman expecting it to be ruled out for offside – not noticing the defender who played him on.

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