Brentford 5-2 Leeds United: Ivan Toney passes 50 goals for Bees with stunning hat-trick

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney made it 52 goals and 18 out of 18 from the penalty spot for Brentford in an absorbing win over Leeds

Ivan Toney passed the 50-goal mark for Brentford in style with a superb hat-trick to condemn Leeds to a second successive Premier League away defeat.

Top scorer Toney placed a powerful 30th-minute spot kick beyond Illan Meslier to bring up his half-century, with Luis Sinisterra judged to have fouled him following a lengthy VAR intervention and a pitchside monitor check by referee Robert Jones.

Having calmly extended his perfect record to 18 successful penalties for the club, Toney scored for the Bees from outside the penalty area for the first time since arriving in August 2020, curling a glorious strike into the far corner of beaten Meslier’s net from a dead ball position.

The visitors had gone close when Joe Gelhardt, who replaced injured forward Rodrigo in the starting line-up, poked his finish wide of a post after a crafty one-two with Jack Harrison.

Summer signing Sinisterra atoned for his costly foul on Toney with his second goal in as many league games shortly before the break, skipping past Rico Henry after collecting a Ben Mee flick and drilling a composed low finish beyond the advancing David Raya.

Former England international Patrick Bamford, who was introduced at half-time as Leeds boss Jesse Marsch looked to build on the momentum of his side’s reply, troubled Brentford with his direct running and sent a shot wide within minutes of coming on.

Toney punished Leeds to make it three before the hour mark, seizing on a defensive mix-up when Diego Llorente failed to clear with a perfectly-weighted chip from outside the penalty area to beat the stranded Meslier and desperately backtracking captain Robin Koch.

Marsch’s frustrations were compounded when he was sent off as Brentford pushed for a fourth, receiving a red card after urging Jones to use the monitor to review a challenge by Aaron Hickey on Crysencio Summerville.

The American had to watch from afar as Bamford misfired from point-blank range and Marc Roca shot straight at Raya from close quarters, only for Bryan Mbuemo to almost immediately restore Brentford’s two-goal lead by slotting beyond Meslier.

Substitute Yoane Wissa put his name on the scoresheet in added time, pouncing on slack defending to charge inside the penalty area and coolly convert a fifth.

Brentford’s second win of an unbeaten opening three home games lifts them to seventh in the table, while Leeds slip to ninth and are still seeking their first victory on the road this season.

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