Ike Ugbo’s 15th goal of the season was the headline moment of the weekend for those Chelsea players currently out on loan…

We begin our weekly round-up in Belgium, where 22-year-old striker Ugbo continued his fine season with Cercle Brugge by bagging a brace in their 3-0 victory against OH Leuven. Both goals were defined by anticipation, hunger and confident finishing, helping 10-man Cercle record another crucial three points in their fight for survival in the Jupiler League.

Ugbo remains our top-scoring loanee this term with 15 goals and has played more minutes than all but two other outfielders from the pool of players at temporary clubs. The victory takes them four points clear of danger with just one game of the season to play. Their safety will be confirmed on Monday if Mouscron fail to win their game in hand.

Elsewhere in Belgium, Matt Miazga played the duration of a surprise win for Anderlecht against Club Brugge, the league leaders. Barring an unlikely swing in goal difference, Anderlecht will now be involved in the four-team play-offs that determine the national champions.

Survival struggles continue

Ruben Loftus-Cheek started again for Fulham but the Cottagers suffered a fourth successive defeat as their fight for survival stuttered on with a 1-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The midfielder went close to opening the scoring with a downward header that dropped just wide in the first half, before Adama Traore won it for the visitors in stoppage time. The result leaves Scott Parker’s side six points adrift having played a game more than Newcastle United, who won at Burnley.

Ethan Ampadu played at centre-back as Sheffield United were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal on Sunday evening, while Ross Barkley came off the bench for the final 24 minutes but could not prevent Aston Villa falling to a late defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Quarter-final action for Kenedy

Kenedy’s Granada suffered a 2-0 reverse in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United in midweek, with the Brazilian playing 74 minutes on the right side of attack. It leaves them with plenty of work to do ahead of the return at Old Trafford this Thursday. In La Liga, Granada won 2-1 at Valladolid to take them eighth but Kenedy was not involved.

In Italy, Davide Zappacosta featured throughout at left wing-back as Genoa were beaten 3-1 in Turin by Juventus, with former Blues striker Alvaro Morata among the goals. Meanwhile, Tiemoue Bakayoko came on as a late substitute as Napoli won 2-0 at Sampdoria to strengthen their push for a top-four finish.

Trevoh Chalobah and Lorient remain just two points clear of the drop zone in Ligue Un after losing 4-1 at Lens.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Lewis Baker was in the Trabzonspor midfield for back-to-back draws this week against Kayserispor and Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig. The team are eight points clear in one of the qualifying berths for the Europa Conference League, UEFA’s new third-tier competition which begins next season.

Towards the other end of the table, Danny Drinkwater started Kasimpasa’s 1-1 draw at Denizlispor, while Victor Moses and Spartak were beaten in the Moscow derby by Lokomotiv in the Russian Premier League.

Armando Broja and Juan Castillo went head-to-head in the Eredivisie as Vitesse and ADO Den Haag played out a goalless draw in Arnhem. Broja played the first 83 minutes but could not help the Dutchmen find a way through against the division’s bottom side, for whom Castillo played the final quarter of an hour. Vitesse’s next game is the KNVB Cup final against Ajax next Sunday.

Also in the Netherlands, Marco van Ginkel and PSV Eindhoven were 2-0 winners at Venlo, with the midfielder introduced for the final 17 minutes.

Danilo Pantic helped Cukaricki to a 1-0 win over Proleter in Serbia before he was withdrawn at half-time in the 0-0 draw against Backa Topola.

Baba Rahman and PAOK established a 1-0 first-leg advantage in the Greek Cup semi-finals against AEK Athens before dropping two points in the league with a 1-1 draw at Asteras.

Guehi's Swans back on track

Swansea City’s promotion bid got back on track with a 3-0 victory at Millwall on Friday night, with Marc Guehi starting in a reshaped back four for the Welshmen, who had lost their previous four matches. The Swans currently sit fourth in the Championship, 10 points off Watford in the automatic promotion places with a game in hand.

In League One, Luke McCormick was involved throughout as Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers picked up a point away at Northampton Town, which leaves them a point from safety with five games remaining.

Ian Maatsen and Charlton Athletic are the same distance from the play-offs following a 2-1 win at Sunderland during which the teenage Dutchman found himself deployed on the right side of a front three.

Meanwhile, Jamie Cumming was between the sticks as Stevenage were beaten 2-1 at Salford City in League Two.