In our round-up of the action involving Chelsea players on loan over the last week, Fikayo Tomori and Matt Miazga give their teams' chances of Champions League qualification a massive boost and Marco van Ginkel is named in the starting line-up for the first time after his serious injury.
Fikayo Tomori’s first goal for AC Milan contributed to a huge win in the race for Champions League qualification in Italy. The Rossoneri went into their game at Juventus in joint-second place in the Serie A table, alongside their opponents and Atalanta, but after Tomori had made an important block on Adrien Rabiot at 0-0, Milan pulled away, with Tomori heading in a Hakan Calhanoglu free-kick to complete the scoring in a memorable 3-0 victory.
As well as helping Milan secure a three-point safety net in the top four with three games left, Tomori’s goal was also significant as it edged his team ahead of Juventus on their head-to-head record, meaning Milan will finish ahead if they end on the same points.
Davide Zappacosta also found the net in the latest round of Serie A fixtures as he attempted to singlehandedly earn Genoa a point against Sassuolo. With the Grifone two down, the right-back pulled a goal back with a powerful shot into the top corner from the edge of the box after 85 minutes and then skimmed the post with another late effort.
However, they couldn’t find an equaliser, with the 2-1 defeat meaning they must wait to secure mathematical safety from relegation, although there is a five-point margin and four teams between them and the relegation zone with three games left.
Matt Miazga kept Anderlecht in contention in the Belgian title play-offs with a dramatic late goal against Royal Antwerp. After his side went behind from an 84th-minute penalty, they were in danger of being cut loose at the bottom of the table, but the centre-back was thrown forward for the closing stages and got his head on a cross in the sixth minute of injury time to nod in an equaliser. The 2-2 draw keeps them within three points of a Champions League place.
Victor Moses was named Man of the Match after setting up both goals for Spartak Moscow in a 2-1 win away at Arsenal Tula, leaving them only outside the top two and Champions League qualification on head-to-head record, while having one game more left to play.
Marco van Ginkel continued his return from serious injury by making his first start for three years with PSV Eindhoven. The midfielder was last named in the line-up in May 2018, also on loan at PSV, but was given a chance to do so again in shocking circumstances when team-mate Eran Zahavi left the Dutch side’s squad to face Willem II after his family were the victims of a violent robbery.
Van Ginkel managed 87 minutes on his return to the starting line-up, helping PSV to a 2-0 win which keeps them in the second Erediviside Champions League spot with a narrow one-point advantage over AZ Alkmaar.
That result also boosted Juan Castillo and ADO Den Haag’s chances of avoiding relegation. Castillo came on as a late substitute as ADO Den Haag secured a vital 1-0 win away at PEC Zwolle. That means the gap between them and a possible escape from relegation has been shortened to just two points with two games remaining in the last week of the Dutch season, and they are three behind Willem II ahead of facing them on Wednesday.
Armando Broja was in the Vitesse Arnhem side which lost 3-0 at Sparta Rotterdam, but they still have a five-point advantage over Feyenoord in the fight for automatic European qualification.
Ross Barkley couldn’t prevent 10-man Aston Villa losing 3-1 at home to Manchester United in the Premier League, despite taking a first-half lead through former Blues forward Bertrand Traore.
A tough week for Conor Gallagher at West Bromwich Albion saw the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League confirmed. The midfielder featured throughout the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers last week which left them hanging by thread, before their fate was confirmed in a 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Sunday.
Marc Guehi and Swansea City ended their regular season with a 2-0 defeat away at promoted Watford. There was little riding on the game, though, with the Swans already assured of a place in Championship play-offs, and they will now face Barnsley in the first leg of their semi-final at home on 17 May.
Jamal Blackman was unable to prevent Rotherham United suffering relegation to League One, despite giving them a fighting chance by keeping a clean sheet in the midweek 0-0 draw at Luton Town. With Derby County then failing to beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, a win in Rotherham’s last game would have been enough for another season in the Championship, after taking an early lead over Cardiff City, but an 88th minute equaliser condemned them to the drop.
Ian Maatsen helped Charlton Athletic finish the League One season with back-to-back wins, beating Lincoln City 3-1 in midweek before ending with a 1-0 victory over champions Hull City, but it wasn’t quite enough to secure a play-off spot, missing out to Oxford United on goal difference.
Luke McCormick ended his season with already-relegated Bristol Rovers with a 1-0 defeat away at Blackpool.
Jon Russell started Accrington Stanley’s 1-0 win away at Portsmouth, which denied their opponents a place in the League One play-offs.
Jamie Cumming ended the League Two campaign in fitting style by securing his 18th clean sheet of the season in Stevenage Borough’s 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United, although it was a fairly quiet day for the goalkeeper, with just one shot on target to deal with.
Two wins in a week for Baba Rahman and PAOK, 2-1 at AEK Athens and 2-0 over Aris Salonika, left them almost guaranteed second place in the Greek Super League, sitting five points clear of third-placed Aris but 20 behind champions Olympiacos with two games remaining.
Lewis Baker helped Trabzonspor beat Antalyaspor 2-1 in Turkey, a result which guarantees they will finish fourth and qualify for the Europa Conference League. Danny Drinkwater was also on the winning side in Turkey, as Kasimpasa defeated Erzurumspor in a relegation head-to-head, with both teams having a man sent off before the visitors triumphed 1-0. That leaves them five points clear of the drop with two games to play.
Trevoh Chalobah and Lorient suffered a 4-1 defeat at Champions League-chasing Lyon, leaving them one-point clear of the bottom three in a tight Ligue 1 relegation battle.
Danilo Pantic and Cukaricki were beaten 2-0 at home by Partizan Belgrade in Serbia, with both teams already being guaranteed a top-four finish and European qualification.