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Wilfried Gnonto scored 'Di Canio' volley just 26 seconds into Leeds United win

Ryan Sidle

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Wilfried Gnonto scored 'Di Canio' volley just 26 seconds into Leeds United win

Wilfried Gnonto scored a goal that was reminiscent of Paolo di Canio's famous strike, as Leeds United defeated Cardiff City.

With seven league appearances since joining Leeds last summer, from Zurich, Gnonto has played less games in the Premier League than he has for the Italian national team.

However, that hasn't stopped the 19-year-old making a huge impact on Jesse Marsch's team in recent weeks, and no more so than on Wednesday night.

Having drawn the first game 2-2 with Cardiff, and needing to comeback from two goals down, the last thing Marsch's side wanted was another bad start.


And Gnonto made sure they didn't have one, scoring the kind of scissor kick volley that Di Canio would have been proud of, after just 26 seconds.

The former West Ham forward had scored his version back in 2000, three years before the current Leeds star was born, which makes us all feel old.

He was asked about the comparison between the two strikes, and the teenager wasn't quite having it, "Yeah, I think his goal was better," he told ITV Sport.


"I think so [but] I think mine was also good. We wanted to start the game well and happy we did it. We concede two goals at the end but still we did a great match.

"We had a lot of chances, we could score even more, I could score even more but yeah we take the positives and try take it into Sunday [against Brentford]."


Gnonto went on to score a second and later Patrick Bamford scored a brace for the team, a great comeback from his most recent injury.


The youngster said he welcomed the competition up front, adding, "Of course we wanted to win in front of our fans. We tried our best, we showed what we can do and yeah, I would say we played very well.

"I think it is better for the team when we have all of these options. Yeah, we just try to do our best."

His first was such an impressive strike that even opposition manager Dean Whitehead, who is currently interim boss following Mark Hudson's strike, praised it.

"We talked about it before the match; Leeds are very strong in the middle of the pitch," Whitehead said after the match.


"They counter-press the ball really, really aggressively. We made a technical error and we got punished. A fantastic ball and a fantastic finish."

As well as the four goals between the two strikers, Rodrigo also scored, as the Premier League side got themselves into a 5-0 lead.

Callum Robinson got two late goals for the Championship side, but it was obviously far too little, far too late.

They will now face either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood in the next round, either side, and many more, will be even more wary of Gnonto now.

Featured Image Credit: ITV Sport

Topics: Football, FA Cup, Leeds United, Cardiff City

Ryan Sidle
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