Chelsea suffered their first Premier League defeat this season as Edouard Mendy’s embarrassing blunder set Leeds on course for a 3-0 win, while Brighton condemned West Ham to a third consecutive defeat on Sunday.
Mendy’s costly mistake was the catalyst for Chelsea’s shocking implosion on Elland Road when Brenden Aaronson made the shot after catching the goalkeeper who had been in possession for too long.
Rodrigo’s fourth goal in three games this season doubled Leeds’ lead before half-time.
Jack Harrison took Leeds’ first win over Chelsea since 2002 and their biggest against their old rivals since 1995.
Adding to Chelsea’s woes, their Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off for a second booking after tripping Joe Gelhardt in the 84th minute.
Leeds are unbeaten after three games and are second in the table, while boss Jesse Marsch builds on the momentum built during the club’s successful battle last season to avoid relegation.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are in the unusual position of being in the table below their less glamorous West London neighbors Fulham and Brentford.
Thomas Tuchel’s squad have taken four points from their first three games and the German will be concerned about how his expensively rebuilt squad faded after Mendy’s howl.
Marsch had boldly suggested that Tuchel’s one-match suspension on the sidelines for his clashes with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte last weekend should have been imposed in time for Chelsea’s trip to Yorkshire.
Tuchel may have wished he could be anywhere except Elland Road when Chelsea collapsed.
Raheem Sterling should have given Chelsea the lead within the first 60 seconds, but the attacker’s penetrating point ended with a shot that curled from 40 yards wide.
Sterling found the back of the net after 15 minutes, only for an offside flag to correctly rule out what would have been the former Manchester City star’s first goal for Chelsea.
Mason Mount’s low goal forced Illan Meslier to a save, while Chelsea appeared to dominate.
But Mendy gave Leeds the opening goal in the 33rd minute when the Chelsea keeper took too long to clear Thiago Silva’s backpass before attempting a suicide attempt that allowed Aaronson to steal the ball and tap it into the empty net.
– Shell-shocked Chelsea –
Not for the first time in his Chelsea career, Mendy was in possession of the ball and the embarrassed Senegal goalkeeper held his head in frustration as Aaronson sprinted off to celebrate.
It was the United States winger’s first goal for Leeds since his move to Red Bull Salzburg.
Chelsea were shocked and just four minutes later, Mendy was beaten again when Rodrigo rose above Reece James to throw a stunning header into the far corner from a Harrison free kick.
Marc Cucurella, who capped Chelsea’s slump, lost a chance to close the deficit when the left-back shot tamely wide of the goal.
Harrison put the result beyond doubt in the 69th minute when he poked home from close range after Rodrigo knocked down Daniel James’ cross.
At the London Stadium, Brighton added to West Ham’s woes with an impressive 2-0 win.
Alexis Mac Allister put Brighton ahead in the 22nd minute after Danny Welbeck was fouled by West Ham’s debuting defender Thilo Kehrer, a £10m (£11.8m) purchase from Paris Saint Germain.
Kehrer claimed the foul had taken place outside the penalty area, but a VAR check showed it was just in and Mac Allister calmly converted the spot.
Leandro Trossard ran on to score Brighton’s second goal with a controlled finish past Lukasz Fabianski in the 66th minute.
Brighton are in fourth place with seven points from their first three games, while West Ham fell to the bottom of the rankings under Manchester United.
Manchester City take over from Arsenal for first place as the champions beat Newcastle by at least two goals difference at St James’ Park in Sunday’s late game.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won the first two games of their title defense, while undefeated Newcastle have four points.