Loan watch: Balogun scores against PSG | News
Folarin Balogun and Charlie Patino both scored as our loan Gunners continued to gain valuable first-team experience at their respective sides.
Balogun continued his excellent form for Reims by scoring a last-gasp equalizer at Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar looked set to give the hosts three points when he scored just before the hour, but six minutes after the break Balogun took center stage. The striker ran onto Kamory Doumbia’s through ball and rounded Gianluigi Donnarumma before heading home to extend his side’s unbeaten record to 13 games in all competitions.
The England under-21 player has now scored 11 goals for his side in Ligue 1 this season, the most of any player aged 21 or under in Europe’s big five leagues.
Patino also impressed when he scored in Blackpool’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Southampton – for whom Ainsley Maitland-Niles started at right-back. Romain Perraud’s brace put the home side in control but Patino ensured a nervy finish when he finished clinically from inside the area midway through the second half.
Back in Ligue 1, Nuno Tavares completed the full 90 minutes of Marseille’s draw against Monaco. Former Gunner Alexis Sanchez equalized for Igor Tudor’s side after Jordan Veretout’s own goal put the visitors in front.
Over in Italy, Pablo Mari was part of the Monza defense that kept a clean sheet in an impressive 2-0 away win against Juventus. Patrick Ciurria and Dany Mota scored in the first half as Raffaele Palladino’s side saw off their opposition and moved up to 11th in Serie A.
Auston Trusty’s Birmingham City side drew with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. Reda Khadra gave the visitors an early advantage before Bradley Dack and Joe Rankin-Costello turned the game in Blackburn’s favour. Jordan James set up a repeat when he scored in second-half stoppage time.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy started and played 80 minutes in Coventry City’s 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town. Gustavo Hamer and Kasey Palmer were on target after the break
Alex Runarsson’s Alanyaspor were beaten 3-0 at Besiktas – with Cenk Tosun scoring twice and Dele Alli adding a third, while fellow goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri made his debut for Finnish side SJK Seinajoki in a 1 -0 home defeat against Kuopion Palloseura. Ejeheri looked set for a clean sheet until Christian Tue Jensen scored directly from a free-kick after 76 minutes.
Mazeed Ogungbo came off the bench to help Crawley Town to an important 3-2 win over Salford City. Dom Telford, Dion Conroy and Teddy Jenks put Crawley in complete control before late strikes from Ryan Watson and Matty Lund set up a tense finish.
In the Eredivisie, Omar Rekik was a substitute in the second half when Sparta Rotterdam drew with NEC Nijmegen. Arno Verschueren gave Rekik’s side a second-half lead but Pedro Marques equalized late on, while Nikolaj Moller came off the bench for Den Bosch, who drew 3-3 at home to Maastricht.
Tim Akinola started as Chesterfield were beaten against National League co-promotion side Barnet, where Nicke Kabamba scored a hat-trick for the London outfit.
Up in Scotland, Ryan Alebiosu came off the bench in the latter stages of Kilmarnock’s defeat by Ross County – for whom Eamonn Brophy, Jordan White and Yan Dhanda made it 3-0, while Alex Kirk’s Ayr United with won 5-0. at Cove Rangers to close the gap to leaders Queen’s Park to just one point.
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