We round up news involving our loan players following a play-off in the Netherlands and mixed fortunes from the Italian top flight…
Goalkeeper Eduardo was an unused substitute for Vitesse Arnhem on Tuesday night as the Dutch club’s season ended in disappointment.
Having finished fifth in Eredivisie table, Vitesse were involved in a play-off with Utrecht for a place in next season’s Europa League. They were unable to select Jake Clarke-Salter for last week’s first leg due to a knee problem, the on-loan Chelsea defender having been a mainstay of the Vitesse defence this season, and longer-term casualty Charly Musonda was unavailable again having returned to the pitch earlier in the month.
That game away at Utrecht ended 1-1 so hopes must have been high at Vitesse ahead of Tuesday’s home leg, but their visitors ran out 2-0 winners on the night. Again Clarke-Salter could not play.
The Serie A season concluded at the weekend and Mario Pasalic (pictured top centre) was on the scoresheet, netting the third in Atalanta’s 3-1 home win over Sassuolo which meant the Bergamo side ended the season in a very impressive third place behind Juventus and Napoli, earning them a place in the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Pasalic came on as a second-half sub and scored with a far-post header to complete a comeback from going a goal down against opponents who ended the match with nine men.
Atalanta’s Champions League qualification comes at the expense of AC Milan who had to settle for fifth despite a 3-2 away win at SPAL. Tiemoue Bakayoko played for the Rossoneri whose coach, Gennaro Gattuso, has since resigned.
Ola Aina assisted for Torino’s opener in a 3-1 home win over Lazio, a result which allowed them to finish above the Rome side in seventh place.
Relegated Chievo gave a second-half substitute appearance to Lucas Piazon in a 0-0 draw at Frosinone.
In Brazil’s Serie A, Nathan was a late substitute in a 1-0 defeat for Atletico Mineiro at Gremio.