Matters are drawing to a close for the season across Europe and it was a weekend in which Michy Batshuayi, Christian Pulisic, Michael Hector and Danilo Pantic were on target…
This weekend Michy Batshuayi (pictured top) scored his fourth goal in a Crystal Palace shirt, finishing off a fine team move to help the Eagles to a 3-2 win over Cardiff City, a result which confirmed the Welsh side’s relegation from the Premier League.
Kurt Zouma was in Everton’s side for the Premier League’s Friday night match, beating Burnley 2-0, but Wolverhampton Wanderers’ win over Fulham a day later ended their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
As we rounded up yesterday, Derby County secured their place in the Championship play-offs at the second time of asking. Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount started the 1-1 draw at Swansea City in midweek, when they missed the chance to make their spot safe, but both returned on Sunday to help secure a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion and ensure they would finish in that crucial sixth position, keeping the Rams’ hopes of promotion to the Premier League alive. They begin their play-off against Leeds on Saturday.
Tomas Kalas, Jay Dasilva and Kasey Palmer all started for Bristol City as they went into the final round of games as the outsiders for the last play-off spot, but their slim chances came to an end as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at Hull City.
Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year Michael Hector kept his nerve to slot a goal from the penalty spot , tying the scores after both sides had already missed penalties, but the Owls could not hold on as Queens Park Rangers netted an injury-time goal to win 2-1.
Wigan Athletic showed their appreciation for Reece James’ superb form this season, handing him the captain’s armband for his last appearance before he was substituted to a standing ovation with one minute left of their 1-0 win over Millwall.
Defender Matt Miazga helped Reading keep a clean sheet, with Lewis Baker also starting their 0-0 draw with Birmingham City. Ipswich Town might have already been relegated but Trevoh Chalobah helped them say farewell to the Championship with a victory, beating third-placed Leeds United thanks to a 90th-minute winner, despite being reduced to 10 men.
In League One, Bradley Collins made two fine stops but still ended up on the losing side as Burton Albion went down 3-1 at Peterborough United. Dujon Sterling and Coventry City lost 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers, while Jacob Maddox suffered defeat by the same scoreline with Cheltenham Town, away to Stevenage.
As reported on Saturday, Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen with a wonderful individual goal, using his skill and pace to beat three men before slotting home, but the result leaves them four points behind Bayern Munich in the title race with two matches left to play.
In Serie A, Mario Pasalic was a second-half substitute as Atalanta came back from a goal down to win 3-1 at Lazio, the same opponents they face in the Coppa Italia final later this month, leaving the Bergamo side three points clear of their closest challengers for Serie A’s fourth Champions League spot. Ola Aina came off the bench for Torino in the Turin derby, but a late Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser denied them a victory at Juventus’ home, finishing 1-1. Torino are sixth with seventh-place AC Milan, where Tiemoue Bakayoko currently plies his trade, a point behind and in action tonight.
Kenneth Omeruo and Leganes were in fine form on Friday night, recording a shock 3-0 win away at fourth-placed Sevilla. Omeruo made the La Liga team of the week thanks to the performance.
Elsewhere in Spain, Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 to Espanyol with Alvaro Morata in their team.
Danilo Pantic opened the scoring for Partizan Belgrade as they beat Napredak 2-1, having also started their win over Mladost by the same score earlier in the week.
Baba Rahman and Reims suffered a 3-0 loss at home to Nimes. However, in France’s second tier, Victorien Angban came off the bench in Metz’s 3-0 win over Valenciennes, a result which secured them the title with two games to spare, to add the icing on the cake of their promotion to Ligue 1.
Nathan and Atletico Mineiro maintained their 100 per cent record in the Brazilian Serie A after three matches, with the Chelsea loanee coming off the bench in Thursday’s 2-1 win at Vasco da Gama and then getting the opening goal as he featured from the start when they beat Ceara by the same scoreline on Sunday.
Victor Moses came off the bench with the scores tied at 1-1 with an hour played of Fenerbahce’s fixture at Kasimpasa, before two goals in the space of four minutes gave them a 3-1 win, moving them five points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining.