Our round-up of the latest action for Chelsea loanees includes news of a Victor Moses goal in Russia, yet another clean sheet for Jamie Cumming and a famous Champions League victory…
In Moscow on Saturday, Victor Moses netted a fine goal to equalise for Spartak as they came from behind to beat local rivals Dynamo 2-1.
The Nigerian drove a shot into the far corner on the half-hour before going off injured shortly afterwards. It was his second goal for the Russian side who sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Zenit.
Last midweek, Malang Sarr came on shortly after the hour as Porto edged past Juventus after extra-time in a Champions League round of 16 thriller.
The defender was introduced with the score 1-1 and Porto recently reduced to 10 men. Juventus quickly took the lead, and with the Portuguese side having won 2-1 in the first leg, the tie headed to extra-time.
Sarr was part of a resolute defensive rearguard action that kept Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and co at bay, and then a Sergio Oliveira free-kick with five minutes left meant Juventus had to score twice. They did manage one goal to win the game 3-2, but it was Porto who advanced on away goals.
There was Europa League action for Fikayo Tomori and Kenedy on Thursday. These were round of 16 first legs and produced positive results. Tomori was at Old Trafford as AC Milan scored a last-minute away goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Kenedy played the full 90 minutes for Granada as they beat Molde 2-0, leaving them in a strong position ahead of the second leg in Budapest this week, in what is their first ever European campaign.
On Sunday, AC Milan lost 1-0 at home to Napoli with Tomori featuring throughout and Tiemoue Bakayoko brought on for the visitors, while Granada beat Real Sociedad by the same scoreline with Kenedy again a starter.
It was a bad weekend for our trio battling relegation from the Premier League. Conor Gallagher missed a couple of chances in West Brom’s defeat at Crystal Palace, Ruben Loftus-Cheek played an hour in a false nine role as Fulham were well beaten by Man City, and Ethan Ampadu put through his own net in Sheffield United’s 5-0 thrashing at Leicester on Sunday.
The top-flight matchday kicked off with a 1-1 draw between Newcastle and Aston Villa in which Ross Barkley played the full 20 minutes, both goals scored in that time.
Staying in England, Jamie Cumming recorded a remarkable sixth straight clean sheet for lowly Stevenage as they drew 0-0 at Southend. It is now over 10 hours since he last let a goal in.
In League One, Luke McCormick registered an assist as Bristol Rovers thumped an Accrington Stanley side containing Jon Russell 4-1. Rovers followed that up with a goalless draw against relegation rivals AFC Wimbledon in which McCormick had an effort well saved.
Ian Maatsen was another to set up a goal in England’s third tier, as Charlton equalised late at home to Shrewsbury having beaten Northampton in midweek. They remain just outside the play-off places.
Marc Guehi, who like Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to the England Under-21 squad today, went off injured at half-time during Swansea’s draw at Blackburn last Tuesday. He missed the subsequent scrappy victory at Luton that keeps the Swans in a strong position in the Championship promotion race, with boss Steve Cooper expecting Guehi back fit soon.
Matt Miazga scored an own goal in Anderlecht’s 2-1 Belgian Cup semi-final exit to Genk. Lorient, with Trevoh Chalobah in defence, drew 1-1 with Nice in Ligue 1. They are a point and a place outside the relegation zone. A huge game at 18th-placed Nantes awaits on Sunday.
There were defeats for Juan Castillo (Ado Den Haag) and Baba Rahman (PAOK) this weekend, and draws for Davide Zappacosta (Genoa), Lewis Baker (Trabzonspor) and Danilo Pantic (Cukaricki). Armando Broja went off injured in Vitesse Arnhem’s 3-1 success at Utrecht.