LOAN REPORT: PASALIC AND VAN GINKEL ON TARGET, PLUS MORE

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Chelsea youngsters continued their development in their various clubs during the past week and Mario Pasalic was one of the shining lights during the weekend. The Chelsea midfielder scored the only goal for Milan, as they came from behind to get a draw against Pescara.

Marco van Ginkel was also on song for PSV, as he did well to put PSV Eindhoven 2-0 up at Sparta Rotterdam.

Jeremie Boga is another Chelsea youngster who scored during the weekend. The 20-year-old scored his second goal of the season in Granada’s home defeat to Barcelona. He was brought on for fellow Chelsea loanee Victorien Angban at half-time – with his side trailing to a Luis Suarez strike – and equalised within five minutes of the restart. However, the game ended 4-1 as Barcelona ran riot with Granada being a man down.

Lewis Baker, Matt Miazga and Nathan all made important contributions as Vitesse Arnhem won the derby against NEC Nijmegen 2-1. Baker set up the first from a free-kick, and late on the game was decided by a penalty given when a Nathan shot was blocked by a hand. He had come on as an early substitute, while Miazga impressed in defence. Mukhtar Ali was an unused sub.

Bertrand Traore started and played almost the entire minutes as Ajax beat title rivals Feyenoord 2-1 in Amsterdam. It moves them to within three points of the league leaders with six games remaining.

In Germany, Andreas Christensen and Michael Hector went against each other as Borussia Monchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt played a goalless draw. Christensen completed the 90 minutes with Hector introduced for the final quarter-of-an-hour.

Tammy Abraham failed to hit target as he hit the inside of the post for Bristol City with a firm header as they lost 2-0 at Brentford. They remain a point and a place outside the relegation zone.

Fulham moved into the Championship play-off positions with a 1-0 win at Rotherham, and Tomas Kalas part of the defence that kept a clean sheet. Christian Atsu played half-an-hour for league leaders Newcastle in their hard-fought 2-1 win over Wigan.

In League Two, Jamal Blackman kept another clean sheet for Wycombe who beat strugglers Leyton Orient 2-0 to retain their play-off ambitions. Alex Kiwomya featured as a sub for Crewe who lost 2-1 at home to Cambridge.

Swindon recorded a second consecutive 1-0 victory to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive and they beat Fleetwood away from home. Charlie Colkett provided the assist for the only goal with a sublime pass while Fankaty Dabo was solid at the back. Swindon are three points from safety with five games left.

In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo was in the winning side this time as he helped Alanyaspor to a 3-1 win over Kasimpasa.

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