It was the final action before Christmas for many Chelsea players out on loan this weekend, with late drama in England and a historic success in Italy for Mario Pasalic and Atalanta...
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Trevoh Chalobah helped Huddersfield ease the pressure in the Championship relegation fight with a second win in three games. He played a part in the opening goal of a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest, when Christopher Schindler smashed in a volley after Chalobah’s effort had been blocked on the line following a corner.
There was late drama as Conor Gallagher featured for Charlton Athletic in the London derby at Loftus Road, as the Addicks equalised in the fifth minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at Queens Park Rangers.
Richard Nartey played the whole match as Burton Albion recovered well from going behind in the second minute to beat Rochdale 3-1. Josh Grant and Plymouth Argyle exited the FA Cup in midweek, losing their second-round replay against Bristol Rovers 1-0.
It was a tough day in Scotland for Nathan Baxter, as he was part of a severely depleted Ross County side suffering the effects of a training ground outbreak of norovirus. Although fears County wouldn’t have enough available players to fulfil their fixture proved unfounded, they were shown little sympathy by Livingston in a 4-0 defeat.
Mario Pasalic had a day to remember on Sunday as Atalanta thrashed AC Milan 5-0, inflicting the Rossoneri’s heaviest Serie A defeat in 21 years in the process. The Croatian scored the second goal of the day, touching in from close range, having earlier skimmed the bar with a fierce strike from much further out.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Monaco hosted Lille on the south coast of France twice in the space of five days. It started badly as they were knocked out of the Coupe de le Ligue last 16 3-0 but, with reports already circulating in the media that coach Leonardo Jardim would be sacked over the weekend regardless of their next result, Monaco bounced back in emphatic style with a 5-1 victory, despite going a goal behind.
Baba Rahman was in the Real Mallorca team which narrowly avoided a Copa del Rey first-round upset on Wednesday, winning 1-0 at minnows El Alamo courtesy of an injury-time own goal.
Ike Ugbo couldn’t prevent Roda suffering a 2-0 defeat at Almere in the Dutch second division.
Lucas Piazon came off the bench for the final 15 minutes as Rio Ave were beaten 1-0 at home by Gil Vicente in the Portuguese Cup.