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news Mon 20 Mar 2017
We round up the recent loan action with several of our players finding the net in the past week…
There were two Europa League goalscorers for the Blues' loan contingent this week. Andreas Christensen continued his good run in front of goal when he was on target for Borussia Monchengladbach in their match against Schalke, but his side relinquished a two-goal lead to lose out in their all-Bundesliga tie. However, Bertrand Traore helped Ajax into their first European quarter-final for 14 years after netting an instinctive header (pictured above) in the first half of their win over Copenhagen. They face Schalke in the next round.
After his goalscoring turn in midweek, Traore played 67 minutes as Ajax were held by Excelsior in the Eredivisie. Marco van Ginkel and PSV were the beneficiaries of that result, closing within two points of second place as they defeated a Vitesse team which included Matt Miazga, Lewis Baker and Nathan,
In the Bundesliga, Christensen's Europe League disappointment was followed up by a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend, but Michael Hector helped Eintracht Frankfurt snap a four-match losing streak with a goalless draw at home to Hamburg.
Mario Pasalic played the final 16 minutes of AC Milan's 1-0 win over Genoa which keeps them seventh in the Serie A table, while Victorien Angban and Jeremie Boga started Granada's 3-1 defeat at relegation rivals Sporting Gijon.
In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo played the full game as Alanyaspor won 3-1 at Bursaspor.
Tammy Abraham 's 22nd goal of the season gave Bristol City a much-needed win over Huddersfield Town to boost their hopes of Championship survival. The striker, who was coming up against fellow loanee Izzy Brown, prodded home from close range in the 14th minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half as the Robins went on to secure a 4-0 victory.
Defeat for the Terriers prevented them from putting the pressure on Brighton in second place, but Fikayo Tomori , making his first league start for the club, was part of a back four which was twice breached by Leeds United as Albion failed to solidify their automatic promotion hopes. Indeed, they slipped a point behind leaders Newcastle, who drew 0-0 at Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham City, with Christian Atsu a late sub for the Magpies.
Tomas Kalas featured in both of Fulham's Championship matches this week, but our neighbours remain just outside the play-off places after the concession of a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers was followed by a 3-1 defeat against Wolves at Craven Cottage.
In League One, Charlie Colkett was on target for Swindon Town in midweek with a 30-yard thunderbolt, but it was not enough to prevent them slipping to a 4-2 defeat to Sheffield United, and the midfielder also played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss at Bradford City which leaves them seven points adrift of safety. Fankaty Dabo also played both games after a month-long injury absence.
Jay Dasilva appeared as a late substitute in Charlton Athletic's matches this week as they drew against Bradford and lost to Sheffield United, and Jake Clarke-Salter also came off the bench in a losing cause as Bristol Rovers were defeated at Bury.
Wycombe Wanderers and Jamal Blackman continued their push for a play-off place in League Two, with the goalkeeper pulling off some eye-catching saves in a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle, which he followed up with a clean sheet at Hartlepool. At the other end of the table, Alex Kiwomya came off the bench late on for the first of two Crewe Alexandra victories this week to help them move 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Nathan Baxter was between the sticks for Solihull Moors as they won 4-1 at North Ferriby United in the National League.
The week ahead
International football dominates the agenda this coming seven days and there will be a round-up of the call-ups and matches on this website later this week.
Chelsea Ladies continue their Women’s FA Cup campaign following an emphatic win on Sunday afternoon and will discover their sixth-round opponents at lunchtime today (Monday). @ChelseaLFC will have our draw news. The match is on Sunday.