Ajax, Schalke, Beşiktaş look good as Lyon slip


NEC Nijmegen 1-5 Ajax (Kadioglu 54; Golla 4og, David Neres 8, Traoré 32 60, Ziyech 78)
Ajax stretched their unbeaten Eredivise run to 13 games by putting five past NEC for the second time this season to move level at the top with Feyenoord, who play on Sunday. On-loan Chelsea man Bertrand Traoré scored two goals in a match for the first time since he did so for Vitesse at Excelsior almost eactly two years ago.

Guido Burgstaller (Schalke)

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Schalke 4-1 Wolfsburg (Burgstaller 6 77, Goretzka 23, Caligiuri 48; Gomez 79p)
Tenth-placed Schalke moved eight clear of danger while keeping Wolfsburg in the mire. The Royal Blues are now seven games unbeaten at home in all competitions while Guido Burgstaller has scored five goals in his last seven club matches.


Lyon 1-4 Lorient (Tolisso 28; Waris 42, Marveaux 49, Moukandjo 74 80)
Fourth-placed Lyon were shocked by relegation-threatened Lorient despite scoring first. The defeat ended a six-game home winning streak for Lyon in which they had scored 28 goals, managing at least four in their favour each time.

Trabzonspor 3-4 Beşiktaş (Okay Yokuşlu 25, Fabian Castillo 63, Rodallega 65; Cenk Tosun 4, Aboubakar 55, Talisca 74, Hutchinson 90+1)
Atiba Hutchinson’s first league goal in more than a year ensured Beşiktaş moved eight points clear of İstanbul Başakşehir, who play their game in hand against Galastasaray on Monday.


Celta v Eibar (16:15CET, Sunday)
A mid-table Liga encounter with victory vital for Celta if they are to stay in the European race via league position.

Roeselare 0-1 Genk (Naranjo 84)
Substitute José Naranjo, who is ineligible for Genk’s European campaign having  joined from Celta in January, got a late winner to ensure his side stay perfect after two games in Group B of the Belgian UEFA Europa League play-offs, now two points clear of Kortrijk and Eupen. The winner of each group will face off for Belgium’s last European berth next season.


Anderlecht v Gent (18:00CET, Sunday)
Anderlecht play their second game in the six-team championship play-offs aiming to move six points clear of Club Brugge, who drew on Saturday.

Sunderland v Manchester United (14:30CET, Sunday)
After two home draws in the last week, United aim to return to winning ways against the bottom side managed by their ex-boss David Moyes.

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