Loan Round-Up: Besic Strikes To Boost Boro's Play-Off Hopes

Muhamed Besic scored his first goal in English football to help loan side Middlesbrough to a vital 2-1 victory away at play-off rivals Derby County this weekend.

Besic powered the ball past goalkeeper Scott Carson to give Boro a 20th-minute lead - an advantage doubled by striker Britt Assombalonga with 20 minutes to go. 

And despite David Nugent’s 92nd-minute penalty reducing the arrears, the visitors held on to ensure four points from their remaining two games will guarantee a top-six finish. 

Besic, who joined the Blues from Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros in July 2014, played 81 minutes at Pride Park before being replaced by Grant Leadbitter.

In Germany, Ademola Lookman played a full 90 minutes and picked up a late assist but couldn’t prevent RB Leipzig falling to a 5-2 defeat at home to Hoffenheim. 

Leipzig are now without a win in four matches and slip below their opponents to sixth in the Bundesliga standings. 

Back in the Championship, Matthew Pennington played the full match as Leeds United enjoyed a 2-1 derby success against Barnsley at Elland Road, landing a heavy blow on their opponents’ hopes of survival in the process. 

Sunderland’s second relegation in as many seasons was confirmed as they conceded two late goals to suffer a 2-1 reverse at home against Burton Albion, though neither Tyias Browning or Brendan Galloway were involved. 

Antonee Robinson’s Bolton remain a place and two points above the relegation zone after they lost 4-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers - a result that handed Nuno Espirito Santo’s already-promoted side the Championship title with two games to spare. Robinson played the full 90 minutes but midfielder Harry Charsley again sat out through injury. 

Kieran Dowell was an unused substitute as Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 by another promotion-chasing side in Cardiff City, while Callum Connolly was called on for the final 17 minutes of Ipswich Town’s 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. 

In League Two, Louis Gray was an unused substitute for Carlisle United as they drew 1-1 with Luton Town - the Hatters' point on the road enough to secure their promotion to the third tier. 

In Greece, Kevin Mirallas managed just under an hour as Olympiakos lost for the first time since February, going down 1-0 at in-form Apollon Smirnis. And, in Spain, Sandro Ramirez was a half-time sub but came on with Sevilla already trailing 3-0 as they were eventually beaten 5-0 by his former club, Barcelona.
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