LOAN WATCH: Bayreuth scores again for Sturm Graz

Mika Biereth scored four goals in his first three games for SK Sturm Graz at the weekend.

Leading the way for the opening goal of Sunday’s 4–0 win at home to Wolfsberger AC, Mika provided the assist for the second goal with a cross which Manpreet Sarkaria converted.


Sturm Graz are now second and just two points behind Red Bull Hamburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

In Spain, Kieran Tierney came on for extra time as Real Sociedad drew 1-1 at home to RCD Mallorca in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final on Tuesday. Mallorca won 5–4 on penalties.

LOAN WATCH: Bayreuth scores again for Sturm Graz

Later in the week, Kieran got more minutes under his belt as he played 84 minutes in Saturday’s 3–2 defeat at Sevilla, a result that saw Sociedad move up to seventh in La Liga, two off the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying places. Points reduced.

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In the Football League, Charlie Patino came on in the 82nd minute of Swansea City’s 2-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to move up to 15th in the Championship and four points clear of the relegation zone.

Brooke Norton-Cuffey also played her part in a vital win for Millwall, coming on in the 62nd minute of the 1-0 win at home to Watford on Saturday. The Lions sit 18th, separated by just two points from the bottom eight teams in the Championship.

Overseas, Fluminense Carioca is fourth in Serie A, and six points behind leaders Flamengo after a 4-2 defeat at home to Botafogo on Sunday, in which Marquinhos came on in the 74th minute.

He was also a substitute for Khayon Edwards at Leyton Orient last week, as he came on in the 89th and 46th minutes of a 1–0 win against Blackpool and a 1–0 defeat to Bristol Rovers respectively. OS are ninth in League One, six points off the play-off places.

Fighting for promotion to the third tier, Wrexham picked up four points last week with a 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers and a 4-0 win at home to Accrington Stanley. Arthur Okonkwo was in goal for both matches, keeping a clean sheet in the latter to move up to third in League Two, level on points with second-placed Stockport County and three shy of leaders Mansfield Town, both There is a game at hand.

At the top end of the Vanarama National League, Alex Kirk played 90 minutes as Bromley beat FC Halifax Town 2-0 at home on Saturday. Bromley are 20 points behind leaders Chesterfield and level on points with third-placed Barnet, who have a lower goal difference.

One level down in the National League South, Billy Vigar played the first half of Eastbourne Borough’s 2-0 defeat to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, leaving the side 22nd in the East Division and seven points off safety.

In women’s football, Kathrin Kuhl provided the assist for Hannah Bennison’s strike as Everton lost 2–1 to Manchester City. The Toffees sit 10th in the Barclays Women’s Super League, eight points ahead of bottom-placed Bristol City.

Last but not least, Ruby Doe finished fourth in the FA WPL Premier Division South in the 75th minute of Ipswich Town’s 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle on Sunday.


Players who were unused substitutes:

Catalin Sirjan – FC Rapid Bucharest
Players who were not included in the matchday squad:

Sambi Lokonga – Luton Town
Nuno Tavares – Nottingham Forest
Charles Sago Jr. – Swansea City
Tyrese John-Jules – Derby County
Omar Rakic – Servette
Zane Monlois – Reading
Kido Taylor-Hart – Bromley
Brian Okonkwo – Leatherhead
Players whose teams did not play last week:

Salah-Edin Oulaud M’Hand – FC Den Bosch
Gio Queiroz – Madrid CFF
Michelle Agyemang, Layla Harbert – Watford Women
Freya Godfrey – Charlton Athletic Woman

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