Joel Campbell (Sporting) and Wojciech Szczesny (Roma) both started for their respective loan sides, but neither were on the winning team this past Sunday.
Joel Campbell endured a frustrating evening as Sporting were beaten 3-1 away from home against Rio Ave, on a night where they had a golden opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Primeira Liga after Porto’s goalless draw the same afternoon.
The 24-year-old winger was reduced to half-chances for most of the first-half and ultimately failed to impress Jorge Jesus enough to remain on the field after the interval.
He was substituted at the break by former Fulham winger Bryan Ruiz, having created a chance and been fouled twice but recording the second worst pass percentage in the Sporting side (62.5%). It was a forgettable performance and one he’ll be eager to recover from as soon as possible.
Wojciech Szczesny meanwhile, had a decent individual performance in goal for Roma but despite a handful of saves against Fiorentina, was unable to stop Milan Badelj’s 20-yard strike from cannoning in off the post. He saw the effort late and wasn’t helped either by Nikola Kalinic blocking his view just moments before the ball flew past him.
Edin Dzeko’s lack of a clinical touch in the final third ultimately cost Roma all three points, but Szczesny’s best moment of the match was an excellent reaction save to deny Hrvoje Milic from breaking the deadlock just two minutes after the interval.
With Roma currently occupying the final automatic Champions League qualification spot, Szczesny will be aiming for a high level of consistency to keep Allison away from the starting spot.