Loan watch: Xande Silva makes immediate impact from the bench
Two loaned players from West Ham United were in action for their respective clubs this weekend.
In Super League Greece, 23 years old Xande Silva played his part in an impressive second-half riposte as ten-man Aris Thessaloniki FC fell back to two to draw Atromitos.
The Portuguese striker entered the game after scoring a brilliant first senior league goal midweek, squeezing through several defenders before cutting in and shooting a low shot in added time during the match. 3-0 victory over Larissa on Wednesday.
After being a second-half substitute on the occasion, as well as when he got his first assist in last week’s loss to Olympiacos, Silva started Saturday’s game again on the bench.
In a game with few chances at the start, Atromitos got a huge advantage ten minutes before half-time when Aris defender Lindsay Rose was on trial for shooting in the goal; the Mauritian was dismissed and Giorgos Manousos categorically converted the penalty that followed.
Atromitos doubled their lead shortly after the restart with a brilliant finish from Juan Muniz moments before Silva entered the fray for Aris with half an hour remaining.
Its impact was immediate. After Atromitos’ defenders failed to clear their lines, Silva ran on a loose ball, passed it past a defender, sprinted to the waiting line and played low in the box. for Ergys Kace to sweep the six-meter area.
It was a great assist and involvement in Silva’s third goal in three games, which boosted his side, which saw Lucas Sasha score a similar finish from the opposite flank with just under ten minutes left. play, completing the turnaround.
After his superb comeback to 2-2, Aris remains at the top of the Greece Super League, in third place – two points behind leaders Olympiakos – after losing just one of his first ten games.
Having garnered attention in the last few matches on the bench, Silva will now look to secure his second start of the season when the Aris host local rivals PAOK Thessaloniki FC next Sunday.
Somewhere else, Winston reid and Sporting Kansas City’s Major League Soccer season ended in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota United at Children’s Mercy Park.
Early missed opportunities proved costly for Reid’s side in the 2020 MLS Western Conference Playoff semifinals, with three salient opportunities begging for the hosts in the first quarter of an hour.
The game eluded Reid and Sporting, however, when Minnesota scored three times between the 27th and 39th minutes, a clinical brace from Kevin Molino and a free-kick goal from Bakaye Dibassy giving the visitors a comfortable cushion.
Few chances ensued in the second half as the result looked certain, with Sporting KC left on the streets with a lavish finish and the form of Minnesota goalie Dayne St Clair inside that span of the season. critical opening.
Reid and Sporting KC’s seasons end as semifinalists in the MLS Playoff West Division, having topped the standings for the fourth time in ten seasons.