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Chelsea here Chelsea there: Anjorin nets first senior goal as Sterling, Kenedy and Drinkwater debut

In our round-up of the latest Chelsea loan action, Tino Anjorin picks a dramatic moment to score his maiden senior goal, three players debut for their new clubs and Michy Batshuayi is on target again…

Lokomotiv Moscow were a goal and a man down to Marseille in their opening Europa League group stage fixture when Tino Anjorin entered the action midway through the second half. With injury time approaching, he picked the ball up outside the box, drove into space and curled an unstoppable shot into the bottom right-hand corner. It finished 1-1 in Moscow with Anjorin announcing his arrival to the home support in some style.

There was also midweek European action for Michy Batshuayi as Besiktas narrowly lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. They followed that up with a 3-2 victory at Antalyaspor having trailed 2-0 at half-time. Batshuayi netted the equaliser with a right-footed shot before setting up the winner 15 minutes from time.

Emerson helped Lyon get their Europa League campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win at Rangers. They were then beaten 2-1 very late on by PSG on Sunday evening having taken the lead at the Parc de Princes, Mauro Icardi heading a 93rd-minute winner.

Dujon Sterling and Danny Drinkwater made their debuts for Blackpool and Reading respectively in the past week.

Sterling was a late sub in the Seasiders’ 3-0 loss at home to Huddersfield, then played the full 90 as they came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday.

Drinkwater meanwhile was an early sub for Reading, brought on with 20 minutes played, and helped his team secure an impressive 2-1 victory at leaders Fulham. Baba Rahman played the full game at left-back, as he had done in Reading’s 3-1 midweek success at home to Peterborough. Seven points out of a possible nine since the international break have lifted the Royals to 14th.

Levi Colwill stood out in that Huddersfield victory at Blackpool when Sterling debuted, but he was powerless to stop the Terriers losing 2-0 at home to managerless Nottingham Forest at the weekend. They are now seventh in the Championship.

Coventry City are up in fourth and continue to impress with two Blues in their team. Jake Clarke-Salter and Ian Maatsen started both their 1-0 win over Cardiff and 1-1 draw at Millwall, with Maatsen withdrawn in the first game and Clarke-Salter, because of injury, in the second.

It was not a good weekend for two central midfielders in the Premier League, with Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour playing the full 90 minutes of Crystal Palace and Norwich’s losses to Liverpool and Watford respectively.

However, Armando Broja played the final 25 minutes at the Etihad, helping Southampton get over the line to secure an impressive goalless draw at Manchester City. He will be hoping for a start when the Saints travel to Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup tomorrow.

Finishing the domestic round-up, Henry Lawrence and AFC Wimbledon were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth on Saturday, while Gillingham went down 4-1 at home to MK Dons. Jamie Cumming had already made an impressive save before the Gills took the lead, but an early red card changed the game and two late MK goals added gloss to the final scoreline.

In Brazil, Kenedy made his Flamengo debut as a late sub in their 1-0 home loss to Gremio in the Brazilian top flight. Matt Miazga played as Alaves were beaten 2-0 by Osasuna in La Liga, and in Slovenia Rudar Velenje lost 4-0 at NK Primorje with Karlo Ziger in goal again.

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