In our round-up of a busy midweek for Chelsea loanees, there is a strike to savour in Spain, the return of Ross Barkley after injury and a goalscorer in League One…
A spectacular individual effort from Kenedy earned Granada a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal last night. The Brazilian deftly cut inside two befuddled opposition players before blasting a rocket of a shot into the top left-hand corner with 15 minutes remaining. The point leaves Granada seventh in La Liga at the halfway stage of the season.
In the Italian Super Cup, Juventus beat a Napoli side containing Tiemoue Bakayoko 2-0. The French midfielder was withdrawn midway through the second half with the Neapolitans trailing to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal. Lorenzo Insigne missed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot before sub Alvaro Morata sealed the victory in injury time.
In a meeting of Chelsea youngsters in the Netherlands, Vitesse Arnhem beat ADO Den Haag with Armando Broja featuring off the bench for the hosts and Juan Castillo playing an hour for the beleaguered visitors, who are second from bottom in the Eredivisie. Vitesse rise to second.
Over the border in Belgium, Matt Miazga helped Anderlecht to a resounding 3-0 victory over Charleroi and a clean sheet, while Ike Ugbo couldn’t prevent Cercle Bruges slipping to a 1-0 loss at Antwerp.
In Turkey, Trabzonspor’s good form continues. They beat Konyaspor 3-1 on Tuesday with Lewis Baker playing 80 minutes, after which the visitors netted a late consolation. They are up to seventh in the Turkish Super Lig.
Focusing on the domestic scene now, Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the duration of Fulham’s home game against Manchester United having been unavailable to feature against Chelsea at the weekend. The Cottagers went down to a narrow defeat for the second time in five days, initially taking the lead through Ademola Lookman before United hit back with goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
However, the midfielder was lively in an attacking role and forced one particularly good save from David De Gea late on as the Spanish goalkeeper denied the hosts a point. Fulham remain in the bottom three, as do West Bromwich Albion following a 2-1 defeat at West Ham in which Conor Gallagher started for his 16th Baggies appearance of the campaign.
Ross Barkley returned from a two-month injury layoff to start for Aston Villa away at Manchester City, playing the first 67 minutes of a contest that was heavily influenced by a contentious offside decision in the build-up to Bernardo Silva breaking the deadlock late on. Ilkay Gundogan also netted from the penalty spot to seal a 2-0 win and send City briefly top.
In the Championship, Jamal Blackman was between the sticks for an eventful game between Rotherham United and Stoke City which eventually finished 3-3.
Among the goals in League One was Luke McCormick, the 22-year-old midfielder marking his birthday with a superb free-kick curled into the top corner from the edge of the box. However, it was not enough to prevent Bristol Rovers falling to a 3-2 defeat at Crewe Alexandra, their fourth consecutive loss in all competitions.
Ian Maatsen played at left wing-back as Charlton Athletic lost 2-1 away at Peterborough United, while Nathan Baxter was in goal as Accrington Stanley were beaten 3-0 at league leaders Hull City. Jon Russell and Tariq Uwakwe were late substitutes for the visitors, who have fallen off the play-off pace in recent weeks.