In our latest round-up of Chelsea players out on the loan, there is a landmark goal, Champions League and Europa League action, and Blues players going head to head…
In the Premier League this weekend, Michy Batshuayi got off the mark for Crystal Palace, scoring his first goal for the club by deflecting in James McArthur’s shot to open the scoring as the Eagles beat Leicester City 4-1 in the Premier League. It proved to be Leicester boss Claude Puel’s last game in charge.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson had this to say about the Chelsea striker: ‘He's only played four games for us, he is looking very lively, at Doncaster he was unlucky not to score. We think he is doing what we'd like him to do and showing all the signs of being a goalscorer.’
Kenedy came off the bench as Newcastle United beat 10-man Huddersfield Town 2-0, going agonisingly close to adding his name to the score sheet by hitting the woodwork.
In Italy, Ola Aina helped Torino reassert themselves in the race for European qualification, with a 2-0 win over high-flying Atalanta who had Mario Pasalic in their side. It took Torino level on points with their opponents and Lazio in sixth place.
Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 win over Villarreal. The striker opened the scoring for the home side with a first-time left footed finish.
Morata also had a goal disallowed by VAR in Atletico Madrid’s Champions League last-16 home leg against Juventus, but his blocked header led to Jose Maria Gimenez turning in the rebound and setting the Spaniards on their way to a 2-0 victory.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Kenneth Omeruo was in defence for Leganes who hosted Valencia and drew 1-1.
Kylian Hazard was the star for Cercle Bruges as they drew 2-2 with Oostende, scoring both the Belgian side’s goals from close range and only being denied a hat-trick by the woodwork after his deft lob hit the bar.
Baba Rahman played his second game for Reims in France and it was a successful outing too, a 4-2 away win at Montpellier which allowed Reims to leapfrog their opponents into sixth in Ligue 1. Victorien Angban came off the bench in Metz’s 2-0 win over Paris FC on Friday in the division below.
Victor Moses could not prevent Fenerbahce being eliminated from the Europa League, a 3-1 defeat at Zenit St Petersburg overturning the Turkish side’s 1-0 win in the first leg of the last 32.
There was a big away win for fifth-placed Vitesse in the Netherlands this weekend, 3-0 at Emmen. Eduardo and Jake Clarke-Salter played. In the division below, Fankaty Dabo was in the Sparta Rotterdam side which recorded a 6-1 home win over Go Ahead Eagles. The Chelsea defender supplied an assist for the sixth goal. Sparta are second in their table.
Nathan came on in a 3-1 for table-topping Athletic Mineiro against Villa Nova in a regional competition in Brazil.
Moving on to England’s Football League, an excellent first-half performance from Michael Hector and Sheffield Wednesday set them on their way to a 3-1 win over Swansea City. Bristol City twice took the lead at Norwich City but ended up losing 3-2 to end a seven-game winning streak in the Championship, with Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva both in the starting line-up, as well as Kasey Palmer coming off the bench.
Bragging rights were shared by Chelsea loanees Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah, who were on opposing sides as Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town drew 1-1, James providing the cross from which James Garner scored the Latics’ 91st-minute equaliser. Tammy Abraham also drew 1-1, with Aston Villa away at Stoke City.
Lewis Baker went close to giving Reading a late win over Rotherham United, but his header was too close to the goalkeeper so the Royals had to settle for a 1-1 draw, with Matt Miazga also in their side. Todd Kane suffered a 5-1 defeat at Brentford with Hull City and Fikayo Tomori lost 1-0 at Millwall with Derby County.
In League One, Bradley Collins kept a clean sheet in midweek for Burton Albion, making one especially impressive save as they drew 0-0 at Barnsley, but the Brewers’ six-match unbeaten home run came to an end on Saturday when they went down 1-0 to Fleetwood Town.
Dujon Sterling helped Coventry end leaders Luton’s six-game winning run when they drew 1-1 away at Kenilworth Road on Sunday.
Nathan Baxter helped Yeovil Town hold on against a late onslaught to earn a potentially vital 1-0 win over rivals to avoid relegation Cambridge United, taking them three points clear of the League Two drop zone. Cheltenham Town went nine points clear of relegation with back-to-back home wins, Jacob Maddox starting both a 2-0 victory over Cambridge and a 1-0 defeat of Port Vale.