It has been a busy seven days for our loan players with games in midweek as well as the weekend. Here are the highlights…
In Premier League action, Kurt Zouma and Everton went 2-0 up at Newcastle United, but the Magpies came back to win 3-2 with two goals in the last 10 minutes, Kenedy coming off the bench for the eventual winners at 2-1.
Crystal Palace, with Michy Batshuayi in their team, lost 2-1 to Brighton.
In Germany, Christian Pulisic came off the bench to great effect against Stuttgart, first setting up Paco Alcacer to give Borussia Dortmund the lead with six minutes left and then finding the net himself in injury time to make the win safe, keeping them joint top of the Bundesliga alongside Bayern Munich. Pulisic was also a substitute in Dortmund’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Tottenham.
Baba Rahman provided the cross for Reims to open the scoring early on in France but they drew 1-1 at Dijon, who went down to 10 men in the fourth minute, while Victorien Angban helped Metz come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Le Havre, staying top of the Ligue 2 table.
Atalanta are seventh in Serie A after a 2-1 away win at Sampdoria, Mario Palasic coming off the bench for the last quarter-of-an-hour, and there was the same result for Torino at Frosinone, Ola Aina playing the final 20 minutes of that one.
Fifth-placed Vitesse drew 1-1 at home to the team two places above them in the Netherlands, Feyenoord with Eduardo in the Vitesse goal. Fankaty Dabo helped Sparta Rotterdam stay in the promotion race in the Dutch second tier with a 0-0 draw at Eindhoven
There were mixed fortunes for Kenneth Omeruo and Leganes as they played twice in La Liga, winning 1-0 at home against Levante on Monday before losing by the same scoreline to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Victor Moses and Fenerbahce lost 2-1 at Super Lig leaders Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey and in Serbia, Danilo Pantic was a half-time substitute in Partizan Belgrade’s 1-0 home defeat to Radnicki Nis.
In South America, Nathan came off the bench as Atletico Mineiro started the second group stage of the Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 home defeat to Cerro Porteno.
The biggest drama in the Championship in England came as Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker with Reading took on a Wigan Athletic side featuring Reece James. The Royals were 2-1 down in the 89th minute, but equalised before finding a winner in the seventh minute of injury time, bringing the two teams equal on points in the relegation battle.
James had also suffered defeat to a fellow Chelsea loanee earlier in the week, when Wigan were beaten 2-1 by Derby County and Fikayo Tomori, who were also the opponents for the second of two draws for Michael Hector and Sheffield Wednesday, the first a goalless Steel City derby with Sheffield United before the 1-1 at Pride Park.
Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas started Bristol City’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds United, with Kasey Palmer coming off the bench for the Robins and Izzy Brown an unused substitute for the victors, whose goal was scored by former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.
Todd Kane was on the losing side as Hull City were beaten 3-0 by Nottingham Forest.
In Sunday’s headline-making Birmingham derby, Tammy Abraham and Aston Villa were the victors, winning 1-0 away, a game most newsworthy for an attack by a fan on goalscorer Jack Grealish. Abraham had a first-half chance to score. Villa are ninth in the Championship table.
In League One, goalkeeper Bradley Collins helped Burton Albion end their run of four matches without a win, beating 10-man Coventry City who had Dujon Sterling in their side. The final score at the Ricoh Arena was 2-1.
Despite making a string of saves, Nathan Baxter ended up on the losing side when Yeovil Town went down 1-0 at Lincoln City, with Josh Grant also in the Glovers’ line-up. Jacob Maddox came off the bench in both Cheltenham Town’s 1-1 draw with Bury and 4-1 win over Notts County.