Arsenal loanees, Wojciech Szczesny and Joel Campbell, both featured for their temporary clubs on Sunday.
Szczesny’s Roma threw away a two-goal lead against Cagliari, while Joel Campbell came on in the 69th minute for Sporting in their 2-1 win over Porto.
The goalkeeper played a full match for Roma as they drew 2-2 against Cagliari in Serie A.
Roma went 1-0 ahead in the sixth minute after Cagliari’s Mauricio Isla fouled Stephen El Shaarawy in the box. Diego Perotti took it, right-footing it into the bottom left-hand corner.
Roma doubled their lead just after half-time when former Manchester City star, Edin Dzeko, headed the ball down to Kevin Strootman in the six-yard box and the Dutchman slotted it home for his first Serie A goal since January 2014.
Just 10 minutes later, however, the fight-back was on and Cagliari brought the score to 2-1 through Marco Borriello and then Marco Sau in the 87th minute to salvage a point.
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 28, 2016
Woj was actually one of Roma’s better players. He made some good saves, particularly in the first half, and the goals weren’t his fault.
Borriello makes it 2-1. This man will always score against us. Szczesny did all he could.
— Flo-Calcio AS Roma (@CalcioASRoma) August 28, 2016
Former Gunner, Thomas Vermaelen, on the other hand, looked nervous and out of his depth.
You can watch all of the match highlights below.
The forward managed came on in the 69th minute for Sporting in his loan club’s 2-1 win over FC Porto. The Costa Rican replaced Gelson Martins, who had scored Sporting’s second goal in the 26th minute.
Initially, the visitors, Porto, went 1-0 ahead in the eighth minute through a Felipe goal from close range. However, just six minutes later, the home team were on level terms thanks to Arsenal ‘target’ Islam Slimani.
Campbell, as was expected, got into the mix from the moment he was subbed on, earning a couple of free kicks on the right wing and even having a shot. He missed but still, the intent was there. Story of Campbell’s life, really.
The win means Sporting go top of the Portuguese League.
Here are the highlights.