All Spurs eyes were on one loanee this weekend as Nabil Bentaleb fired home a brace as his Schalke side eased past Mainz 05 to win their 4th game in 5.
Bentaleb took the headlines as he bagged his first Bundesliga goal last week – an absolute piledriver against Augsburg – and the Algerian picked up where he left off as he netted after just 23 minutes at the Veltins Arena.
The young Spurs midfielder didn’t travel to Russia for Schalke’s midweek win over Krasnodar in the Europa League, but was on top form here as he netted Schalke’s 3rd having set up the attack with an inch-perfect throughball.
Sead Kolašinac returned the favour by picking Bentaleb out inside the box to bag his third goal in just two matches.
There was only one Spurs loanee to complete 160 minutes for their club this week, as Federico Fazio played all of both Roma’s Europa League and Serie A games.
Defensively, they were far from sound. Fazio’s side squandered a 3-1 lead over Austria Vienna on Thursday to draw 3-3 thanks to two goals in the last 10 minutes, the second of which was down to some fairly feeble front-post defending from the big Argentine.
Next up was a 4-1 win over Palermo on Sunday evening, meaning Fazio has kept just 1 clean sheet in his last 5 games for Roma – coming against Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu in Europe.
Slovan Liberec were also in action twice this week, losing 3-1 at home to Italian outfit Fiorentina in the Europa League before returning home to beat Hradec Králové 2-0. Once again however, young defensive midfielder Filip Lesniak was nowhere to be seen on both occasions.
Clinton N’Jie put in a less than impressive performance as he was hooked at half-time having started Marseille’s clash with French giants PSG. N’Jie’s side became the first Ligue 1 side in history to fail to record a single shot at goal as the match ended a stale 0-0.
Back in England, Luke McGee couldn’t continue from his clean sheet on Tuesday as his Peterborough side were beaten 1-0 at home to Wimbledon on Saturday.
McGee was helpless as a looping corner was headed back across goal and bundled in at the far post.
Once again and rather frustratingly, Nathan Oduwa was an unused sub for the Posh.
Friday night saw success for youngster Will Miller, though, as his Burton Albion side shocked Championship playoff-pushers Birmingham City at home.
The Brewers welcomed Blues boss Gary Rowett back to the club which provided him his big break with a 2-0 win, which included a 10 minute cameo for 20-year-old Miller.
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