With more competitions coming to an end or reaching their climax, we round up the latest week of action for our players out on loan…
There was heartbreak for Mario Pasalic and his Atalanta team-mates as they missed the chance to win the club’s first trophy since 1963 during the week. Competing in their first Coppa Italia final in over 20 years, Pasalic came off the bench shortly after Lazio opened the scoring (pictured below), but with Atalanta pushing hard for a late equaliser, the Roman side struck again on the counter to win the match 2-0.
In the penultimate round of matches in Serie A this weekend, Atalanta recovered sufficiently from their cup disappointment to earn a 1-1 draw at table-topping Juventus. Pasalic played the final quarter-of-an-hour.
Ola Aina played the first 53 minutes of Torino’s surprising 4-1 away defeat at Empoli who are just above the drop zone. Torino are seventh. Tiemoue Bakayoko started fifth-place Milan’s 2-0 home win over Frosinone. The win keeps the Rossoneri’s Champions League hopes alive. They are a point behind city rivals Inter who are fourth and Atalanta who are third.
Danilo Pantic (pictured top) was on target in Partizan Belgrade’s championship round win over Proleter Vovi Sad. The 22-year-old midfielder scored the first in a 2-0 win, his seventh goal of the season.
Jake Clarke-Salter and Vitesse Arnhem suffered defeat at Groningen in the first leg of their semi-final in the Eredivisie European play-offs, but gave themselves hope with an away goal in the 2-1 loss. The two teams meet again in the second leg in Arnhem on Tuesday evening, with the winner facing either Heracles or Utrecht in the final for a place in next season’s Europa League.
Kenneth Omeruo ended on the losing side in the last match of his loan at Leganes, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Huesca on the final day of a season which has seen the Spanish side exceed expectations with a comfortable mid-table position in La Liga.
Victorien Angban helped Ligue 2 champions Metz finish their season with a home win over second-placed Brest, beating them 1-0 in a match played out in good spirits, with both teams already having secured promotion. The game also drew media attention as referee Yohann Rouinsard brought the curtain down on his 25-year career in unique style, halting play a minute from the end to hand his whistle and cards over to the two captains, before receiving a standing ovation from the players and spraying the word ‘merci’ on the pitch in foam.
As reported on this website last week, Mason Mount was on the score sheet in a dramatic second leg of Derby County’s Championship play-off semi-final against Leeds United. Mount and Fikayo Tomori were both in the Derby line-up, but it was Leeds who scored first to go two ahead on aggregate. However, Mount found the net with a brilliant piece of improvisation shortly after half-time to level matters, and the Rams went on to win 4-2 on the night and book their place in the final.
They will face Aston Villa in that match, after Villa beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shoot-out despite losing the second leg of their semi 1-0. It was Tammy Abraham who kept a cool head to convert the decisive spot-kick, setting up a meeting with his fellow Chelsea loanees at Wembley.
Christian Pulisic set up a goal on his last appearance for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday before joining Chelsea in a permanent move this summer, teeing up Marco Reus for the second of their 2-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach. However, Bayern Munich’s 5-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt meant it was not enough for Dortmund to claim a dramatic Bundesliga title on the last day of the season. They have to settle for second place.