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Loan Round-Up: Joel Valencia starts as Legia Warsaw stay top of Ekstraklasa

The latest loan round-up on our players away from West London

14 December 2020

Joel Valencia started Legia Warsaw’s 2-1 away win over Wisła Kraków as the side came from behind to claim the victory.

Joel played the first 68 minutes of the match in a game where Legia rallied after going 1-0 down on 12 minutes. Tomáš Pekhart was on hand to ensure that the side would stay top of the Ekstraklasa with two late finishes. The win keeps the side top of the table on 29 points from 13 games.

Elsewhere in Europe there was game time for Halil Dervişoğlu as a second half substitute, but he was unable to help his FC Twente teammates to victory as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat against AZ Alkmaar on home soil. Two goals from Teun Koopmeiners helped the side to the win as Twente were unable to follow up on their impressive win over Ajax last time out. They now sit sixth in the Eredivisie and will be hoping to gain more consistency to climb further up the league table.

Viborg FF remain top of the Danish First Division, albeit on goal difference, with Esbjerg hot on their heels following a second successive 1-1 draw for Patrik Gunnarsson and his teammates. Patrik put in, once again, a man of the match display for his loan club against HB Køge, as Christian Sørensen netted two minutes from time to ensure that the side took a point from the encounter.

With Julian Jeanvier still recovering from injury, he missed Kasımpaşa S.K’s 3-2 win over Denizlispor with the side now sitting seventh in the Turkish Süper Lig.

On English soil there was a first West Ham United start for Saïd Benrahma as The Hammers came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road. Tomáš Souček cancelled out an early Mateusz Klich penalty before Angelo Ogbonna netted the winner with a towering header.

In Sky Bet League One there was no game time for Jan Žambůrek, Luka Racic or Jaakko Oksanen. Jan was missing from the match day squad for Shrewsbury as they picked up an excellent 1-0 win away at top of the table Hull City, and Luka’s Northampton fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Crewe- despite going ahead on just three minutes at Gresty Road.

Jaakko continues to recover from injury as he missed The Dons’ 5-2 defeat away from home at Charlton Athletic.

In Sky Bet League Two, Arthur Read was an unused substitute as Stevenage fell to a 4-0 defeat away at Carlisle United. There were first-half goals from Nick Anderton, Joshua Kayode and Lewis Alessandra before Joe Riley notched a fourth for the home side, whilst Luke Prosser was sent off for Stevenage. They now sit in 23rd in the league table with 13 points.


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