Broja’s Vitesse still fighting for Europe
With just two Champions League qualification spots available in the Dutch Eredivisie, Vitesse are pushing hard to stay in contention during the run-in and a 2-1 weekend win at FC Twente certainly did their aspirations no harm at all.
Armando Broja, fresh from three appearances for Albania in the recent international break, played the duration as a pair of Oussama Tannane penalties, the second of which was scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time, earned the points. Vitesse are now three points behind second-placed PSV Eindhoven and have the KNVB Cup final against Ajax on the horizon later this month.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Marco van Ginkel played the final 25 minutes of PSV’s 3-0 win against Heracles, making it his longest runout in almost three years following a serious knee injury. Juan Castillo was a late substitute for ADO Den Haag, who lost 4-1 against Utrecht to keep them seven points from safety.
Davide Zappacosta featured throughout as Genoa drew 1-1 with Fiorentina in Serie A, while Kenedy and Granada were beaten 3-0 by Villarreal in La Liga ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United later this week.
Danny Drinkwater and Kasimpasa pulled off a surprise 1-0 win against league leaders Besiktas in Turkey, with the midfielder playing the final 18 minutes in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Lewis Baker was a late introduction as Trabzonspor drew 1-1 at Sivasspor.
Baba Rahman was part of the PAOK side that lost 3-0 at Panathinaikos in Greece, while Danilo Pantic played three-quarters of Cuckaricki’s 5-1 victory against Subotica in Serbia, which puts them in a good position for European qualification.
Batshuayi hits a leveller, Ampadu and Loftus-Cheek battle on
In the Premier League, Michy Batshuayi came on in the 84th minute of Crystal Palace’s Monday evening game at Everton. His team were 1-0 down at the time but within two minutes Batshuayi took a pass from Jeffrey Schlupp and finished with a shot across the goalie to secure a 1-1 final result.