Fulham scored two spectacular goals to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2010 as Leeds slipped to a first defeat under new manager Javi Gracia.
Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha set the Cottagers on their way with an outstanding curling finish from about 30 yards which went in off the post.
Leeds responded by hitting the post through Georginio Rutter’s looping header, while they also had two goals – from Rutter and Wilfried Gnonto – ruled out.
Gnonto also forced a fine save from Marek Rodak before the visitors conceded a second, Manor Solomon scoring for the fourth successive game with a strike past Illan Meslier from the edge of the box after exchanging passes with Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham thriving under Silva
Fulham are a team full of confidence under Marco Silva, who in the space of 20 months has taken the Cottagers from the Championship into the top six of the Premier League.
Not since 2011-12 under Roy Hodgson have they played in Europe but there is a feel-good factor around Craven Cottage after Fulham extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.
They are now just two wins from a first FA Cup final since 1975.
Silva made seven changes to his team but it still proved enough to see off their opponents in the all-Premier League tie.
Leeds, who were well backed in London by their travelling fans, responded well after falling behind to Palhinha’s special finish.
But their inability to find the net cost them as Fulham advanced by scoring from two of their three attempts on target. In contrast, Leeds had 16 attempts – six on target – without scoring.
Gracia is left to concentrate on keeping Leeds in the Premier League and he can reflect on some positives despite tasting defeat in his second game in charge.
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Squad number1Player nameRodák
Squad number12Player nameCédric Soares
Squad number4Player nameTosin
Squad number13Player nameReam
Squad number33Player nameRobinson
Squad number28Player nameLukic
Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha
Squad number8Player nameWilson
Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira
Squad number11Player nameSolomon
Squad number9Player nameMitrovic
Squad number2Player nameTete
Squad number6Player nameReed
Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid
Squad number20Player nameWillian
Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius
Squad number1Player nameMeslier
Squad number2Player nameAyling
Squad number25Player nameKristensen
Squad number5Player nameKoch
Squad number3Player nameFirpo
Squad number28Player nameMcKennie
Squad number12Player nameAdams
Squad number8Player nameRoca
Squad number10Player nameSummerville
Squad number24Player nameRutter
Squad number29Player nameGnonto
Squad number7Player nameAaronson
Squad number9Player nameBamford
Squad number11Player nameHarrison
- 12Cédric SoaresSubstituted forTeteat 90′minutes
- 26João PalhinhaSubstituted forReedat 81′minutes
- 8WilsonSubstituted forWillianat 82′minutes
- 11SolomonSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 81′minutes
- 9MitrovicSubstituted forAlves Moraisat 69′minutes
- 14De Cordova-Reid
- 30Alves Morais
- 8RocaSubstituted forAaronsonat 74′minutes
- 24RutterSubstituted forBamfordat 63′minutes
- 29GnontoSubstituted forHarrisonat 64′minutes
- 34Pinheiro Monteiro
- Chris Kavanagh
Match ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 0.
Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Leeds United 0.
Attempt missed. Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Fulham. Kenny Tete replaces Cédric Soares.
Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United).
Foul by Carlos Vinícius (Fulham).
Robin Koch (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Tyler Adams (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Weston McKennie.
Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross.
Attempt saved. Cédric Soares (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Reed.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rasmus Kristensen.
Substitution, Fulham. Willian replaces Harry Wilson.
Substitution, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Manor Solomon.
Substitution, Fulham. Harrison Reed replaces João Palhinha.
Attempt missed. Robin Koch (Leeds United) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Rasmus Kristensen with a cross following a corner.
Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Firpo with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tim Ream.
Attempt blocked. Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Weston McKennie.
Attempt blocked. Weston McKennie (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
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