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Our round-up of the latest loan action includes domestic and UEFA competition action, and a debut across the channel…

In midweek European games, Victor Moses won at Fenerbahce, flicking on a corner to set up Islam Slimani to score the only goal of the game. They beat Zenit St Petersburg in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32. Moses followed it up with a 1-1 draw with Konyaspor in the Turkish league.

As we reported midweek, there was disappointment for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-0 at Wembley in the first leg of this Champions League last-16 tie with Tottenham.

In the weekend league action in France, Baba Rahman, still on recovery road following a serious knee injury, made his debut for his new loan club Reims on Sunday. It was a successful one too as the left-back (pictured top right) helped keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes.

In Italy, Tiemoue Bakayoko helped AC Milan to what could be a crucial victory in the race for Champions League qualification, winning 3-1 at Atalanta, who had Mario Pasalic on the bench, to go four points clear of three teams, including Atalanta, in fourth place. For Ola Aina and Torino there was a clean sheet but no goals in their 0-0 visit to second-place Napoli.

In Spain’s La Liga, Alvaro Morata provided the assist for Antoine Griezmann to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano, their first victory in three matches, but Kenneth Omeruo and Leganes lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad.

Eduardo and Jake Clarke-Salter both played the whole of Vitesse’s 3-2 home win over Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie, keeping pace with the top four. In the second division, Fankaty Dabo and Sparta Rotterdam triumphed 4-1 at Dordrecht on Friday night.

Kylian Hazard came on with an hour gone of Cercle Bruges’s visit to Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium. At that stage his side were losing 2-0 and they went on to concede a late third.

In England’s Football League Championship, Bristol City made it nine wins in a row by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to an injury-time penalty, with Tomas Kalas playing the whole match and Jay Dasilva coming on at half-time. Bristol City are sixth in the table so in the play-off positions.
There were mixed fortunes for Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker at Reading, beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 to move out of the Championship relegation zone, but then losing 4-0 at Sheffield United at the weekend.

Michael Hector helped Sheffield Wednesday keep a third consecutive clean sheet in midweek as they drew 0-0 at Millwall, before a dramatic equaliser in the 10th minute of added time made it two away draws in five days, this time 2-2 at Rotherham United.

There were also back-to-back draws for Trevoh Chalobah and bottom club Ipswich Town, both 1-1, against Stoke City and a Derby County side featuring Fikayo Tomori. Stoke had also drawn, 0-0, with Wigan Athletic earlier in the week, Reece James starting for Wigan. Tomori and Derby were also in FA Cup action, but were eliminated 2-1 by Brighton despite former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole scoring his first goal for the club and Tomori going close to an equaliser with an acrobatic bicycle kick.

It was Cole’s first goal in England for more than six years. His previous one was a winner for Chelsea against Stoke in September 2012.

Michy Batshuayi made his first Palace start in their 2-0 away win at Doncaster in the FA Cup, and played 75 minutes.

Tammy Abraham and Aston Villa suffered consecutive defeats in the Championship, 1-0 at Brentford and 2-0 at home against West Bromwich Albion. They are down in 10th.

Moving down a division, Dujon Sterling provided the cross for Coventry to open the scoring as they beat Walsall 3-0 to move ninth. Goalkeeper Bradley Collins made a vital late save to help Burton Albion to a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town.

In League Two, Nathan Baxter and Yeovil Town suffered a 3-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers and Jacob Maddox tasted defeat with Cheltenham Town, 1-0 at Grimsby Town.

Jared Thompson could not prevent 10-man Warrenpoint Town losing 4-3 at Dungannon Swifts in Northern Ireland.

In a regional competition in Brazil, Nathan came on for Athletic Mineiro in a 2-0 away win at Tupi. His side top their table.


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