Christian Pulisic helped Borussia Dortmund earn a dramatic 3-2 win in Germany on Saturday night, his side coming back from 2-1 down to Hertha Berlin who had former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou to thank for their two goals. Hertha finished the game with nine men and the agony was piled on when Marco Reus scored the winner in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in the 93rd minute. Dortmund are level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
In the Milan derby on Sunday night, Tiemoue Bakayoko (pictured top) scored his first goal for AC Milan but was on the losing side in what was technically a home match for the Rossoneri. Inter had gone 2-0 up before our midfielder cut their advantage with a powerful header but following another goal apiece, the final result was 3-2 to Inter who leapfrog Milan into third.
Torino’s hopes of earning a European place by finishing high in Serie A took a dent as they lost 3-2 in an ill-tempered match against Bologna, with Ola Aina sent-off in injury time after being booked twice in a matter of seconds. He received the second for dissent following the foul which earned him the first. Mario Pasalic was a late sub for Atalanta as the side from Bergamo could only draw 1-1 at home to bottom-place Chievo, for whom Lucas Piazon was an unused sub.
Another goalscorer who tasted defeat this weekend was Michy Batshuayi. He found the net for Crystal Palace, dispossessing Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and finishing coolly, but it was not enough to prevent the Eagles losing 2-1 and exiting the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage.
There was a clean sheet and a win for Baba Rahman on his fourth appearance for Reims in France’s Ligue 1. The sixth-place side defeat Nantes 1-0 at home. In the second tier, Victorien Angban came off the bench in Metz’s 3-0 win at Niort.
Fenerbahce, with Victor Moses in their side, came back from a goal down in Turkey to beat Sivasspor 2-1
In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo and Leganes suffered defeat, 2-0 to Girona and it was a disappointing week for Alvaro Morata at Atletico Madrid. They were knocked out of the Champions League by a 3-0 loss to Juventus before losing 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
A 10-man Vitesse lost 3-2 at Heracles in the Eredivisie with Eduardo in their side, while in the Dutch second tier, Fankaty Dabo helped Sparta Rotterdam win 3-1 at Almere.
Danilo Pantic scored a free-kick and set up another goal as Partizan Belgrade beat Napredak 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the Serbian Cup, but they then suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Spartak Subotica in the league.
Back in England there were two league games in the past week for many lower-division sides. Michael Hector helped Sheffield Wednesday extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches and close to within two points of the Championship play-off places with two wins. Following a 2-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers, they beat Blackburn Rovers 4-2 on Saturday, Hector unlucky not to get on the score sheet when he headed against the post in the latter game.
The honours were shared between Tomas Kalas and Trevoh Chalobah, who were on opposing sides when Bristol City drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town on Tuesday, with Kasey Palmer coming off the bench for the Robins and Jay Dasilva an unused substitute. Chalobah then came on as a first-half substitute as Ipswich drew by the same scoreline with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
There were mixed fortunes for Reece James at Wigan Athletic. A midweek 3-0 loss at Blackburn took their winless run to seven matches, before they promptly ended it with a 5-2 victory over fellow relegation candidates Bolton. James conceded the penalty for Blackburn’s opener in the first game but then provided the whipped free-kick for Joe Garner to head in the Latics’ first goal against Bolton.
Tammy Abraham and Aston Villa recorded consecutive victories, making it four in a row and jumping into the play-off spots, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 and Middlesbrough 3-0.
Tammy Abraham (left) celebrating a goal in Villa’s win against Middlesbroug
Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker started both Reading’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds United and a 0-0 draw at Stoke City. Stoke had already played out a goalless draw earlier in the week, against a Derby County side featuring Fikayo Tomori. Todd Kane and Hull City were beaten 3-2 by top-of-the-table Norwich City.
A division below, Dujon Sterling and Coventry City won twice in a week, beating both Fleetwood Town and Peterborough United 2-1, leaving Coventry just one point outside the League One play-offs. Bradley Collins helped Burton Albion bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Charlton Athletic by recording their first win of 2019 in style. They beat Blackpool 3-0 on Saturday.
It was a tough week for Nathan Baxter and Josh Grant. Yeovil Town suffered back-to-back defeats, 3-0 to Port Vale and 2-0 to Macclesfield Town. Jacob Maddox was a late substitute as 10-man Cheltenham Town lost 1-0 at Newport County.
Goalkeeper Jared Thompson returned to the Warrenpoint Town starting line-up as they ended a run of four consecutive defeats by winning 1-0 at Ards in the Northern Irish Premier League.