Marouane Chamakh started his first Premier League game since October 2011 yesterday, but the Morocco striker was withdrawn after 62 minutes as West Ham drew with QPR at Upton Park. Chamakh demonstrated good link-up play but spurned two headed opportunities when well placed.
Denilson set up Sao Paulo’s second goal as they beat Mirassol 2-0 as the Brazilian league resumed. Luis Fabiano opened the scoring before Denilson played in Jadson to double the advantage.
Johan Djourou endured a memorable debut for Hannover, but for the wrong reasons, as his new side conceded an avalanche of goals in a 5-4 defeat to Schalke on Friday night in the Bundesliga. Djourou completed the 90 minutes but was booked in the first-half.
In Scotland, Philip Roberts was a last-minute substitute as Inverness dispatched of Aberdeen with a 3-0 victory, whilst, in Spain, Ju-Young Park was an un-used substitute in Celta Vigo’s 1-1 draw with Malaga. Joel Campbell is likely to start on the right wing when Real Betis face Athletic Bilbao tomorrow.
Samuel Galindo came off the bench after 55 minutes as Lugo lost 3-0 to Hercules in the Spanish second division, but injury ruled Wellington out of Ponferradina’s game with Elche.
Benik Afobe was an un-used substitute as Bolton drew with Crystal Palace, whilst Ryo was again absent through injury for Wigan. Chuks Aneke missed out on action this weekend as Crewe’s game against MK Dons was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Aneke’s loan deal with Crewe expires tomorrow.
** Arsenal’s U21 fixture with Southampton, scheduled for today, was postponed due to snow, with a new date yet to be arranged. Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup tie with Fulham at Barnet’s Underhill Stadium is also in some danger of being called off again.
Denilson- Sao Paulo (45 apps, 1 goal), Aneke- Crewe (22 apps, 6 goals), Afobe- Bolton (22 apps, 3 goals), Roberts- Inverness (18 apps, 1 goal), Park- Celta Vigo (17 apps, 3 goals), Campbell (15 apps, 2 goals), Wellington- Ponferradina (14 apps, 2 goals), Bendtner- Juventus (10 apps), Ryo- Wigan (6 apps), Galindo- Lugo (6 apps), Chamakh- West Ham (2 apps), Djourou- Hannover (1 app).