On-Loan Diabaté Strikes Against PSG
- Fousseni Diabaté, Islam Slimani and Filip Benković score for their adopted loan clubs
- Diabaté struck for Amiens during a thrilling 4-4 draw with Paris Saint-Germain
- Slimani's effort sealed a win for Monaco over Montpellier, while Benković struck against Derby County
- Andy King, Rachid Ghezzal, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Daniel Iversen and Kamal Sowah also featured
Malian international Diabaté, who is spending the 2019/20 campaign on loan with the Ligue 1 outfit, scored his side’s third goal in a helter-skelter affair at Stade de la Licorne.
Serhou Guirassy fired Amiens ahead before Gaël Kakuta and Diabaté - who ran the length of PSG's half to finish - sent them into a stunning 3-0 lead, sparking the eight-time French champions into life.
Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera got them back into it before a brace from Nianzou Kouassi. Mauro Icardi’s 74th-minute strike then flipped the game on its head.
Just as it looked likely that Amiens would suffer defeat, however, up stepped Guirassy to score his second goal of the evening, leaving the home side 19th in France’s top tier.
Also in Ligue 1, Slimani registered his ninth goal in 16 games for AS Monaco during a 1-0 success for Leonardo Jardim’s men over Montpellier at Stade Louis II.
While Adrien Silva was not involved for Les Monégasques, Slimani’s strike was enough to extend their current winning run to three games, leaving them fifth in the standings.
Elsewhere, defender Benković scored on his first start for Bristol City in their 3-2 Championship victory against Derby County on Wednesday, before a slender 1-0 loss at Leeds United.
Croatian Filip Benković got off to a flying start at Bristol City.
The Croatia international centre-back came off the bench on 7 February before making his full loan debut for Lee Johnson’s men against the Rams five days later.
Benković added to Nahki Wells’ opener before Famara Diedhiou made it 3-0, while former Fox Martyn Waghorn and Chris Martin were on target for the hosts.
In the same division, midfielder Andy King also came up against Derby on Saturday, when he played 75 minutes in a 1-1 draw for Huddersfield Town.
Ex-Leicester forward Tom Lawrence handed the Pride Park hosts a lead just after the hour mark, while Harry Toffolo levelled matters for the Terriers with nine minutes to go.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Rachid Ghezzal was a late substitute for Fiorentina as they enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 win over Sampdoria, managed by City's title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
A Morten Thorsby own goal got the scoring underway for the Florence club before, remarkably, a brace of penalties from both Dušan Vlahović and Federico Chiesa.
While Nicola Murru was sent off for the home side at Luigi Ferraris, Sampdoria did get one back at the end, through Manolo Gabbiadini, while Ghezzal came on in the 81st minute.
Elsewhere, in the Football League, Academy graduate Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall made his fifth outing for Blackpool in League 1, losing out 2-1 at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Kamal Sowah has been a valuable player for OHL in Belgium's second tier.
Despite an early Gary Madine effort for the Seasiders – overseen by caretaker manager David Dunn following Simon Grayson’s departure – it nonetheless ended in defeat.
Alfie Kilgour and Josh Ginnelly struck late on for Rovers and Ben Heneghan was dismissed for the visitors, leading to a result which leaves Blackpool 16th in League 1 after 30 games played.
Daniel Iversen, on the other hand, made his 34th appearance for League 2 leaders Rotherham United in an entertaining 2-2 home draw with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Max Sanders put the Dons into a surprise lead on 30 minutes, before Matt Crooks and Freddie Ladapo overturned the scores, only for a last-ditch Kweesi Appiah penalty to seal a draw.
The Millers remain top of the fourth tier table, though, level on points with Coventry City and one ahead of third-place Wycombe Wanderers, who have played two more matches.
Finally, in Belgium, young midfielder Kamal Sowah started for OH Leuven in a disappointing 2-1 reverse at promotion rivals Beerschot Wilrijk on Friday night.
OHL were two goals down on the hour mark, through efforts from Tarik Tissoudali and Frédéric Frans, although Jan Van den Bergh’s late effort wasn’t enough for the visitors.
After winning the first phase in Belgium’s Proximus League, Vincent Euvrard’s men are now fourth in the second, just three points off the summit.
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